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Bamber protege’s $70,000 prize

TEEN sensation Callum Hedge has secured significant backing from Tony Quinn to support his 2023 motorsport program.

Hedge, who celebrates his 19th birthday today, has been announced as the winner of the Tony Quinn Foundation shootout, which comes with $70,000 towards his Toyota Racing Series debut next year.

Hedge impressed the likes of four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy to pip fellow youngsters Billy Frazer and Liam Sceats in the Hampton Downs shootout.

Having moved up through Earl Bamber Motorsport’s Porsche system from the 2021 Sprint Challenge to replace Supercars-bound Matt Payne in Carrera Cup Australia this year, Hedge is looking forward to TRS.

“TRS is something that I’ve really wanted to do for a long time,” said the two-time Carrera Cup race winner.

“I’ve watched the series over the years. I was never old enough to compete in it and for the two years when I was old enough the series didn’t happen, so it’s been a long time coming and I’m looking forward to giving it my best shot.

“It’s proven time and time again that regardless of what you’re aiming to achieve in racing, whether it be V8 Supercars, IndyCars, Formula 1 or GT endurance racing, TRS is a huge stepping stone and keeps you sharp, helps you up your game and you also get to race against some of the best in the world, right at home and around your friends and family.”

Cancelled altogether last year, the most recent international edition of TRS came in 2020 when its grid featured now-Formula 1 driver Yuki Tsunoda.

The five-round 2023 series will include the 67th running of the New Zealand Grand Prix, to be held at Hampton Downs on February 3-5.

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