Shahaan Engineer has become the latest driver to join the 2012 Toyota Racing Series, the fifteen race series culminating in the 57th New Zealand Grand Prix.
Shahaan, who was born in Mumbai and currently resides in Dubai, will be the youngest and least expeienced driver in the Kiwi Championship, which gets under way in a couple of weeks. Engineer is using the series as the next step in his single-seater racing education, hoping to build on his impressive car racing debut in the recent Protyre Formula Renault UK Finals Series ahead of a planned campaign in the 2012 Formula Renault UK Championship.
The Toyota championship is the perfect series for drivers like Engineer, with five consecutive race weekends meaning it's one of the most concentrated and intense series in the world, with drivers taking part from top-line championships like GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5.
Engineer said: “I am really excited to race in the Toyota Racing Series, mainly because of the high level of drivers I will have the opportunity to compete against and learn from. There is no other series in the world where a rookie can race against drivers with experience of GP2, Formula Renault 3.5 and other senior championships.”
The Toyota Racing Series will take place over five back-to-back weekends between mid-January and mid-February, with the opening three races to be contested on 14th/15th January at Teretonga Park, Invercargill The series will then head to Timaru International Raceway, Taupo Motorsport Park and then Hampton Downs in Auckland, before the grand finale, the 57th New Zealand Grand Prix, on 11th/12th February at Manfeild in Feilding.