GP3 champion Mitch Evans will make a one-off return appearance to New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series this weekend.
The 18-year-old Kiwi will use the New Zealand Motor Cup meeting at Hampton Downs to re-acclimatise himself to racing ahead of returning to Europe for his GP2 campaign with Arden International.
“It will be a big challenge stepping into a TRS car again,” said Evans.
“I haven’t raced since winning the GP3 title at Monza in early September and my TRS rivals have already competed in nine races during the three rounds leading into Hampton Downs.”
Among the other international drivers taking on Evans and points leader Nick Cassidy at Hampton Downs are Formula 3 European Championship drivers Alex Lynn, Felix Serralles and Lucas Auer.
Evans, who will drive for Giles Motorsport, won the NZ Motor Cup and the TRS title in 2011.
Jack Brabham, John Surtees, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart all won the NZ Motor Cup when it was held for Formula 1 machinery in the 1960s.