Breanna Morris makes Formula Regional Oceania debut
New Zealand's North Island Formula Ford champion Breanna Morris will make her racing debut in the newly-rebranded Toyota Racing Series Formula Regional Oceania, joining Chloe Chambers at Giles Motorsport and becoming the eighth woman in the series' history.
Two weeks after the announcement of Chloe Chambers as the seventh female driver in the history of the Toyota Racing Series, the championship – now having gained the naming Formula Regional Oceania – now welcomes another talented young woman on its field: New Zealander Breanna Morris will join the ranks of Giles Motorsport.
Morris – who claimed the 2022 North Island Formula Ford title – will team up with Chambers at the team run by former F1 engineer Stephen Giles, and will therefore become the eighth woman to join the premier Kiwi single-seater championship.
For Breanna, the move to F3 Regional machinery will represent a natural step after her latest achievements in Formula Ford: on her route to seal the North Island championship, she scored five wins, also finishing fourth overall in the national championship.
Her results are also not coming as a surprise either, having performed well in the Formula First and in karting since 2015 – where she also secured a Mini ROK championship title.
Ahead of her racing debut in the Toyota FT-60 car, the 19-year-old has completed an extensive testing program, impressing for her speed. She will be supported by Tony Quinn's TQF Foundation.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic to be able to compete in the Formula Regional Oceania Series this 2023 season, it’s a great way to test a drivers’ ability,” said Breanna Morris.
“My expectations for the series would be to develop my skills as a driver and to push myself as hard as possible, which will open up opportunities for my next season.“
Previously known as Toyota Racing Series, the championship will gain full-FIA Formula Regional status and will be rebranded as Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship - certified by FIA – and the champion will now receive 18 FIA Super Licence points instead of 10.
The series is set to kick off its 2023 season at Cromwell's Highlands Motorsport Park on January 13-15, with a five-event calendar that will also include the 67th running of the New Zealand Grand Prix, on February 3-5.
Breanna Morris and Chloe Chambers join the likes of Leanne Tander, Christina Orr-West, Tatiana Calderon, Michela Cerruti, Fiona Hamilton and Chelsea Herbert as previous women to have entered one of the most competitive single seater championships in the world during the European winter-break.
2023 Formula Regional Oceania Calendar
13-15 January 2023 - Highlands Motorsport Park
20-22 January 2023 - Teretonga Park Raceway
27-29 January 2023 - Manfeild - Circuit Chris Amon
3-5 February 2023 - Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park
10-12 February 2023 - Taupo International Motorsport Park