CALVIN Ming is en route to New Zealand where he will make his debut in the Castrol Toyota series from January 12-14.The overseas-based Guyanese will be driving the number 44 machine for Victory Motor Racing team when the series gets going.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport before the 24-hour journey, the Guyanese was upbeat about being handed the chance to race in another continent.“I’ll be racing against the best in Europe. So we shall see how that goes, but at the moment I’m pretty confident,” He said.Among this year’s roster will be Robert Shwartzman from Ferrari’s Driver Academy as well as several other drivers out of Brazil and EuropeJust last year, he finished fifth overall in the American Cooper Tyres USF2000 series, notching up four podium appearances.He also won the FIA NACAM Formula 4 Championship 2016/2017, with seven wins during that year and ten podium finishes.Ming will use the same Tatuus single seater as every other driver in the series. It is powered by a 1.8 litre Toyota engine, producing about 145 kWs running on an 85 per cent ethanol bio-fuel.All the cars will use the same Michelin tyres, gearboxes, suspensions and brakes to provide a level playing field, with driving skills being the deciding factor.“It’s sort of the same single make series that I use in the United States, but the tracks are going to be different and the teams as well as the drivers, but I think I’m ready.”The five-round, 15 race, Castrol Toyota Racing Series which concludes with the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild from February 9-11, has three races each weekend –on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings and afternoons.The series 2015 champion is current Williams Mercedes F1 driver, Lance Stroll, while the 2016 champion, Lando Norris, is currently the test driver for the Honda McLaren f1 team.
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