Pedro Piquet, son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, will be one of the main acts at the Motorsport NZ Summer Series meeting at Teretonga next month.
Drivers from Brazil, Russia, Switzerland, the United States, Australia and Singapore have been confirmed in the Toyota Racing Series field, along with several New Zealanders.
One of the more exciting announcements has been 15-year-old Pedro Piquet, who will be racing for the current series titleholders M2 competition.
Travelling with Pedro will be his father Nelson Piquet, who won his titles in 1981, 1983 and 1987.
He will be the second Formula One world champion to come to Teretonga in recent years after Damon Hill accompanied his son Josh there in 2011.
Two Southlanders, brothers Damon and Brendon Leitch, will also be on the grid.
The meeting will be headlined by the Toyota Racing Series and NZV8 Touring Cars. The latter had their opening round at Pukekohe last month, with former Australian V8 Supercar star Jason Bargwanna and Cambridge driver Nick Ross having a furious battle for honours.
Bargwanna has stepped into one of the two Toyota Camrys this season alongside team-mate AJ Lauder, of Turua, while Ross pilots a Holden Commodore.
The frontrunners compete in the state-of-the-art TLX cars, while there is a separate championship for the older TL cars in which two Southlanders Liam MacDonald and Grant Molloy will compete.
A Southlander leads the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship as it comes south, with Jamie Conroy at the top of the points after one round.
- The Southland Times