Pole man, and more to come: Marcus Armstrong Pole man, and more to come: Marcus Armstrong CREDIT: Terry Marshall


Saturday 12 January 2019, 11:26AM
By Mark Baker

In his first race drive at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, Marcus Armstrong has taken provisional pole for the first race of the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series with a sensational 1:28.252, going .200 of a second clear of second placed Raoul Hyman with fellow Kiwi Liam Lawson third.

Marshalling his tyres for a devastating shot at pole, Armstrong had circulated in fourth place for several laps then dotted down a perfect qualifier to dominate the field. His lap time is two seconds faster than the existing race lap record set by Andrew Tang in 2014, the previous time the Toyotas came to Highlands Park.

The time is provisional, because it was set as Parker Locke crashed, meaning race officials must examine the final lap to be sure Armstrong was clear in all sectors.

Today the racers are on track for the first race of the championship this afternoon at 1:55 pm. Live timing for the race is at and the TV live stream is at

The five week, fifteen race TRS championship will deliver Armstrong race-fit, fast and ready for his next challenge: the new FIA Formula 3 Championship which steps up to new, more powerful cars, has a confirmed 30-car grid and follows the Formula One calendar.

For the 2019 CTRS championship, Marcus Armstrong is sponsored by Auckland City Toyota and the Armstrong Motor Group.