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The 17-year-old driver from Strasbourg will head to the southern hemisphere series on the back of an impressive season in karting in which he won the FIA Karting KZ2 International Supercup during the FIA Karting World Championship, held at South Garda, Italy, on Sept. 19th, and the 30th Trofeo Andrea Margutti, as well as finishing second in the FIA Karting European Championship with a win in the Second Round in Sarno in what is considered as one of the best and epic FIA Final of the last years. He was also third in the 2018 FIA Karting European Championship – KZ2 and is widely regarded as one of the best young karting talents in the world.
He will cut his first laps in circuit racing with multiple Castrol Toyota Racing Series champions M2 Competition in the new-look series. For 2020, it features a new Tatuus chassis, a 285 horsepower Toyota engine and Hankook tyres. A full field of 20 cars is expected when the Championship gets underway in January.
“I am happy to be able to start my apprenticeship in a championship as prestigious as the Toyota Racing Series,” said Denner. “The F3 Tatuus chassis equipped with Hankook tyres is the one with which I will race in Europe later on and these five weeks of racing in New Zealand will allow me to understand it well and develop my confidence and experience.”
“I know that the transition from karting directly to this level of championship and car racing is very important and that I would go through difficult times at first, but I am prepared for that, for the moment I only want to drive, learn and improve. I have the chance to be part of the M2 Competition Team, in which I have total confidence and which is the team leader in this championship for several years. I will have excellent teammates too who are very experienced drivers. I see this as a real advantage to be able to work alongside them. I’m really looking forward to arriving in New-Zealand.”
The 2020 championship will begin at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell in New Zealand’s South Island over the weekend of January 17-19. It stays in the South Island for the second round a week later, moving to Teretonga Park near Invercargill for round two. The series then heads to the North Island for the remaining three weekends of racing. That will include the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, the New Zealand Motor Cup at Pukekohe Park and the final round, the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting over the weekend of February 14-16 at Manfeild – Circuit Chris Amon in Feilding.
The announcement comes just a few days after another strong demonstration from Denner who reached the fourth place of the KZ Final for his maiden appearance in the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals run at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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