Rookie William Morton is stepping up into the Best Bars Toyota 86 series for the upcoming season.
Morton has confirmed he will compete in the ex-Ryan Wood and Callum Hedge championship-winning car, bringing the field to 22 cars.
This season will see the championship winner get the opportunity to test a Triple Eight Race Engineering V8 Supercar, as well as take a share of the prize pool.
19-year-old Morton is focused on learning the cars and tracks through the season with IMac Race Engineering, with the championship set to be a new experience for Morton.
“I’ve only got a season in cadet karts under my belt and that was a while ago so I’m under no illusions that I am going to be on a steep learning curve in this championship,” Morton said.
“I’ve managed to test the car a couple of times and I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s an awesome little car and handles really well.
“I’m going to be focussing on learning all the tracks and generally just trying to improve with every session out on track. Obviously as a rookie I’ll be aiming to keep everything in one piece and demonstrate that I have the pace as well.
“It’s really exciting. When you look closely at the entries in the championship it’s first class and it’s going to be great to be a part of it.”
Morton will join much of the field at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park this weekend to get some testing, ahead of the start of the season.
Covid-19 delays will see the season get underway at Highlands Motorsport Park January 14th-16th heading to Ruapuna the following weekend, before moving to the North Island for the remaining four rounds.