This series, now the traditional European pre-season destination for open wheel drivers, used to be initially granted permission to use quarantine facilities to bring competitors to NZ from abroad ahead of the 2021 season.
However, with the New Zealand government in its capacity with international arrivals, the permit has now been revoked.
As a result there will be no overseas drivers on the TRS for shortened season, which kicks off with the New Zealand Grand Prix later this month.
“After working with [the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment] and Sport NZ we are disappointed that we were unable to get international riders into NZ to compete due to the lack of space in them [Managed Isolation and Quarantine] facility, “said Toyota NZ General Manager Motorsport Andrew Davis.
“We have several international riders lined up and ready to come, so we are disappointed this is the end result, especially as we have worked hard to get the status approved.
“We have seen many TRS riders continue to compete in Formula 1 including international and New Zealand riders and we have done everything in our power to ensure this continues this season.
The implication of this series is that talented young racers in New Zealand will not be able to compete with international racers of the same caliber. The economic impact of international riders coming to New Zealand is huge in the local areas where we race.
“However, we are very happy with this series and it will definitely be one of the shows this year with lots of great and upcoming Kiwi talent competing and a significant roster of established Kiwi riders supporting the pitch.
“The 66th Grand Prix will be special in many ways, not least because there are more of New Zealand’s top riders on show in a single race than in New Zealand for quite a long time. We are delighted to be a part of it with everyone involved. determined to put on a good show. “
NZGP fields will display things like Super car legend and former race winner Greg Murphy and reigns over the Bathurst 1000 champion Shane van Gisbergen.
The latter has fallen on the right side of the border rule change, van Gisbergen can only take part thanks to the travel bubble that is now occurring between Queensland and New Zealand.
NZGP will take place at the Hampton Downs between January 24-26.
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