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Tony Quinn Foundation Eligibility



The Hampton Downs NZ Racing Academy in association with the Tony Quinn Foundation is offering two young drivers the opportunity of a lifetime with scholarships worth over $100,000.

Young New Zealand drivers who take part in any of our academy programmes in 2021 (more information on our Toyota 86 and FT50 packages here) AND have shown they’ve got what it takes to be competitive in a race car, will be eligible for the ‘Scholarship Shootout’ at Hampton Downs at the end of the year.

The Toyota 86 Scholarship Shootout will be held online on October 20 for the finalists selected. While the Toyota Racing Series Scholarship Shootout will be contested on 12 January 2022. *Subject to Covid-19 Restrictions*.

Drivers will be put through their paces on the national circuit in a series of timed and head-to-head challenges. The judging panel of Greg Murphy, Steve Horne, Tony Quinn and  Daniel Gaunt will also be looking for drivers with that X-Factor who have what it takes to make a career from motor racing. That includes the ability to work with sponsors, cope with the demands from media and other stakeholders, and have the personality and drive to succeed in the ultra-competitive motorsport world.

The Tony Quinn Foundation will contribute $30,000 to the winner of the Toyota 86 shootout and $70,000 to the winner of the TRS scholarship. That’s a big chunk of change to fund a season and is a huge incentive for anyone looking to take their racing career to the next level. As well as the funding, the winners will be able to draw on the knowledge and contacts of the judging panel who all have considerable experience of the motorsport industry in New Zealand, Australia, the US, Europe and Asia. That access to other drivers, team owners, and the Hampton Downs and Highlands members, will be a huge advantage to any young driver looking to make their mark in the sport.

To be eligible for consideration for the Toyota 86 scholarship, drivers must be old enough and eligible for the appropriate Motorsports NZ license to compete in Toyota 86 championship and be aged 21 or under on the date of the scholarship shootout.

Drivers competing for the TRS scholarship cannot have competed in TRS before, must hold the appropriate license to compete in TRS, must have competed in a suitable national series such as Formula Ford, international karting or won a national karting championship, and be aged 22 or under on the date of the scholarship shootout. Other criteria may be considered by the selection panel.

This is not for the faint-hearted or for drivers with no racing experience.

This is for drivers with aspirations of competing at the highest level.

Drivers who are committed to making a career from the sport — the ones who dream about being the next Scott Dixon, Shane van Gisbergen or Scott McLaughlin.

Have you got what it takes?

Sign up for one of our academy packages and find out.



What is the Tony Quinn Foundation?

The Tony Quinn Foundation has been established to identify, support and sponsor the next generation of talented Kiwis on their journey to the world stage. This is not about throwing a lump of cash at a young driver and saying: “Here you go. Have it. It’s as much, or more about drawing on the experience and contacts of the trustees in the foundation.

Ultimately our goal is to create a global network of Kiwis, supporting Kiwis to the world stage, through contacts, mentoring, funding, training and opportunities.

Who is eligible for support?

Initially through the shoot-out as outlined above.
Secondly, there is an elite package for Kiwi drivers who finish in the top three of their respective championships and are considered by the Trustees to be accomplished to compete at an international level. This will be matched with a $1 for $1 funding as well as mentoring support for the next stage of a driver’s journey.
Thirdly, as we evolve the foundation, more opportunities will be advised.

How can you be selected?

Support from the TQ Foundation will be determined on an individual basis. Drivers will be identified by the Trustees and invited to submit their racing aspirations alongside their record of success.

What else does the TQF support?

In 2021 the Foundation is also supporting the NZ Formula Ford Championship and both the North Island and South Island Formula Ford series with a $60,000 support package, including travel funds and qualifying cheques!
Each winner of the regional series will also receive a test at the Hampton Downs NZ Racing Academy in a FT-50 Toyota Racing Series car. The NZ champion will receive a test in the current FT-60 TRS car.

Who is the contact for the TQ Foundation?

Please direct inquiries to [email protected]