Brock Gilchrist will contest his fourth full Toyota 86 championship this coming summer as he aims for a maiden title win.
The 18-year-old clinched his first race win in last season’s finale at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo.
He described that moment as a long-time coming given he was a regular podium contender for most of the year.
Gilchrist later said that his 2021 campaign was his best-ever year in the 86.
Now that he has proven he can challenge for wins, Gilchrist’s next focus is a successful title fight.
“My goal this year is to try to grab as many race wins as possible and to take out the championship and win the dream Supercars test,” Gilchrist said.
“It’s a clear pathway and I’m sure every driver in the championship can sense the opportunity.”
Gilchrist does have the advantage of having racked up valuable experience over the past three years in the category.
“My confidence in both my team and car has grown, which allows me to drive the car harder,” he said.
“Knowing all the tracks and having a strong relationship with my engineer will also both be advantages, so overall yes, I think we can have our strongest ever push for the title.”
Alongside a drive in a Triple Eight Engineering V8 Supercar, this year’s champion will receive a test in a FT60 Toyota Racing Series car.
The 2021/22 season kicks off at Hampton Downs on November 12-14.