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Series switch for prestigious Tasman Cup

THE historic Tasman Cup will continue to be awarded in 2024 despite the S5000 category halting.

The Cup, attached to the Tasman Series which first ran 60 years ago and was won by Bruce McLaren on that occasion, will now be presented as part of the FIA-certified Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship.

Specifically, the Tasman Cup winner will be the highest-placed Australian or New Zealand driver after the first two rounds of the championship.

That will come into effect swiftly, with the opening two rounds of the 2024 series taking place at Taupo this weekend and Manfeild on January 26-28.

The change has been approved by the Australian Motor Racing Commission in consultation with Motorsport New Zealand, and was explained by Motorsport Australia CEO Sunil Vohra.

Pic: Supplied

“This championship has always been a standout category in the region and given its significance and the driving talent on display, Motorsport Australia was pleased to work with our colleagues at Motorsport New Zealand to come to this decision,” Vohra said.

“The prestige of this trophy cannot be underestimated and looking at the trophy itself there are some of motorsport’s best etched into history, including the likes of Sir Jackie Stewart and Bruce McLaren.

“We’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing the racing unfold over the coming fortnight and wish everyone the best of luck.”

Motorsport New Zealand CEO Elton Goonan added: “This is an exciting addition to what is a thriving championship based here in New Zealand that has cemented itself as an important part of the FIA calendar.

“We’re delighted that the first two rounds of the championship will have an added incentive of the Tasman Cup for what is a really competitive group of drivers who will be eager to get their hands on such a historic trophy.”

Aaron Cameron wins the 2023 Tasman Cup. Pic: Ross Gibb

The Tasman Cup was awarded in association with S5000 the past three years, with Aaron Cameron (twice) and Nathan Herne taking the honours.

The S5000 fleet is set to be parked in 2024.

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The 2024 Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship will culminate in the New Zealand Grand Prix at Highlands Motorsport Park on February 16-18.

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