Nicolas Caillol will assume the role of Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand’s new Motorsport Manager next month, adding to his impressive resume.
The current Castrol Toyota Racing Series category manager will be responsible for both the TRS and the Best Bars Toyota 86 championship.
He will replace Mark Whittaker, who moves on to a service development role with Toyota New Zealand.
Caillol has been nestled in the TGRNZ community for the last four years.
The 39-year-old was a formerly race engineer for international teams in GP3, A1GP and Formula Renault.
“It’s great to have the support and trust of Toyota New Zealand during these uncertain times,” Caillol said.
“Collectively, we have been – and will remain – very focussed on delivering both a world-class single-seater championship and the country’s top saloon car championship.
“I have a great team around me and will be working closely with Best Bars Toyota 86 Category Manager Geoff Short who is putting together what looks like another epic 2021-2022 championship.
“We are all about developing and nurturing young Kiwi driving talent through two premier series and I have always been impressed with what is an amazing pool of talent in a small country that has a big heart for its motorsport.”
Caillol played an instrumental role in ensuring a TRS season went ahead this earlier year amid the global pandemic.
With no international drivers allowed into the country, a smaller than usual size grid made up of Kiwi drivers battled it out over three rounds.
Next year’s season is expected to return to some degree of normality.
The category confirmed earlier this year that the championship is returning to the South Island after a year away from the mainland.
There is also interest from international drivers in competing next year.
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