Ronan Murphy will return for a second season of the New Zealand Toyota 86 championship this year.
Murphy spent most of his junior career racing in the single-seater Formula First and Formula Ford categories. Then, in 2020, he then went to the United States to race in the US Formula 4 championship. One of the fastest young racers in New Zealand, he is the current holder of the Ian Snellgrove Trophy which is awarded to the best overall graduate of the Elite Motorsport Academy every year. His speed is hardly surprising. He’s the son of touring car legend Greg Murphy, whose association with Castrol extends over many years.
Over the summer, Ronan returned to New Zealand and competed in both the Toyota 86 endurance season and the sprint series, running as usual, the high performance Castrol EDGE 0W-40 engine oil. Podiums at Manfeild and Taupo rounded out a solid first sprint season, and he finished fifth in the standings. Now armed with a year’s experience, Murphy feels he can challenge for this season’s title.
The Toyota 86 Championship is a great place for talented young drivers to show what they are made of. Like the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, the series plays a major role in helping rising race drivers hone their skills. The close grids of TR 86 competitors bring the added bonus of dedicated media coverage and television, helping to attract sponsors at driver and team level.
Conceived as a stepping stone to greater things, the Toyota 86 Championship is an intensely competitive premier-level championship that attracts rising racers and some of the highest profile names in New Zealand motorsport. The Toyota 86 Championship takes drivers to some of the most spectacular race circuits in New Zealand, sharing the billing with SuperCars and New Zealand’s premier motor racing championship, the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, and includes the New Zealand Grand Prix weekend.
With a lot more experience under the belt, Ronan Murphy is likely to keep the Murphy name prominent in years to come.