Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Biggest Ever Screen Audience Likely For Toyota’s 2023 NZ Championships

The 2023 edition of the Castrol TRS Championship will reach a global audience. Picture Bruce Jenkins.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing NZ is hoping both its first post Covid pandemic international Castrol TRS championship and its Toyota 86 series will reach more global viewers than ever before.

The 2023 TRS championship, which is already attracting some of the top names in junior formulae motorsport worldwide, begins its five round championship in January. It will be the first full international series since 2020 and should be viewable for more fans than ever before.

From the start of the first season with new motorsport promoter NZ Motorsport Group, Saturday’s TRS and Toyota 86 race action will be broadcast live on Sky Sport and on leading streaming service This continues for Sunday's races, which also includes the TRS and TR86 feature races each weekend.

Sundays will also see the afternoon feature race available live on TV3's CRC Motorsport show - still the most popular and longest running motorsport show in New Zealand.

"The combination of the live Sky coverage, free to air on TV3 and the streaming that will be provided by gives us potentially our widest audience ever and this is great as we return to the international motorsport scene after the pandemic," explained TGRNZ Motorsport Manager Nicolas Caillol.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

"The streaming platform,, is an ideal support to build a worldwide audience for the well-known Toyota Racing Series.

“In addition to what we have in place already for the 2023 championship series, we are looking at expanding TV coverage in both Australia and in North America, which are obviously two key markets for us. We'd love to be going live there as well and we are very optimistic we'll have that in place very soon.

“The enhanced coverage is also great news for domestic drivers competing in the Toyota 86 Championship. We want the coverage they can achieve for their sponsors to be better than ever before across platforms like TV, streaming, social media and in printed and on-line media.”

The Castrol Toyota Racing Series is one of the most competitive junior formulae in the world and it's timing at the start of the year means it attracts a diverse range of high quality competitors with track records from numerous single seater championships.

It races over five weekends at five different venues and includes the New Zealand Grand Prix on its calendar, one of only two 'Grand Prix' events outside of Formula One recognised by the FIA. A full grid is expected for the 2023 championship.

2023 Castrol Toyota Racing Series

Rd1 January 13-15 - Highlands Motorsport Park

Rd2 January 20-22 - Teretonga Park Raceway

Rd3 January 27-29 - Manfeild - Circuit Chris Amon

Rd4 February 3-5 - Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park

Rd5 February 10-12 - Taupo International Motorsport Park

2023 Toyota 86 Championship

Rd1 13-15 January 2023 - Highlands Motorsport Park

Rd2 20-22 January 2023 - Teretonga Park

Rd3 3-5 February 2023 - Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

Rd4 17-19 March 2023 - Taupo International Motorsport Park

Rd5 14-16 April 2023 – Manfeild – Circuit Chris Amon

Rd6 To be confirmed

The TR86 Championship gets a great TV package for 2023. Picture Bruce Jenkins.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

International Art Centre: Rare Goldie Landscape Expected To Fetch $150,000

When Evening Shadows Fall is one of four works by Goldie included in a sale of Important and Rare Art at the International Art Centre in Parnell on November 28. Goldie painted only a handful of landscapes, concentrating mainly on indigenous portraits, which earned him a global reputation as NZ’s finest painter of respected Māori elders (kaumātua). More

Mark Stocker: History Spurned - The Arrival Of Abel Tasman In New Zealand

On the face of it, Everhardus Koster's exceptional genre painting The Arrival of Abel Tasman in New Zealand should have immense appeal. It cannot find a buyer, however, not because of any aesthetic defects, but because of its subject matter and the fate of the Māori it depicts. More



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.