First to be identified and signed to Push Management’s inaugural Junior Development Program, Zane Morse will leave open wheel racing in 2018 to enter the popular Toyota 86 Racing Series.
At just 18 years of age, Morse is on a journey to reach his ultimate goal – V8 Supercars. Having been selected for the CAMS Foundation Rising Star Scholarship in 2017, the Canberra native is a rising star with shades of Jamie Whincup’s humble yet ruthlessly determined ambition.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in the Toyota 86 Series this year – there’s a lot more media exposure than the F4’s and with it also being televised, I’m hoping I can turn some heads as I work towards my dream of racing in the V8 Supercars,” admits Morse.
“I’m looking to use the (Toyota) 86 Series as a stepping stone, which will ultimately establish where I head to next – whether I look to the Kuhmo Series, however I’m determined on making my way up the ranks.”
While the 18-year old doesn’t have a race team preparing his entry ahead of each race weekend, it’s proof of the 18 year olds determination as he looks to take this on himself.
“We will be prepping the car ourselves ahead of each race weekend,” said Morse.
“It will just be myself and my dad, as well as Paul Dancouski as my engineer.
“Preparing my own car for each race weekend will help to improve my knowledge on the mechanical spectrum, which I think gives me an added bonus.”
Impressively, Morse is currently completing an apprenticeship, in which he has just started after leaving school.
“I’m currently doing an apprenticeship in electrical, which I’m really enjoying. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do and I think it’s great to have extra knowledge and of course something to fall back on if racing doesn’t work out,” said Morse.
“It keeps me grounded too.”
The Canberra native will take on Phillip Island this weekend, 20 – 22 April; the Toyota 86 series being a support category to the Supercars.
“Phillip Island will be my first race in the 86, so I’m really hoping I can battle in the top end of the field and learn as much as I can,” said the 18 year old.
The Toyota 86 pilot is no stranger to the circuit, having raced previously in Formula 4 and taking out a number of titles.
“This circuit isn’t new to me. I’m lucky to have raced here previously in the F4 and managed to place 2nd, so I’m confident going into this weekend,” states Morse.
“At the end of the series, I’m hoping to finish in the top 5. My main goal is to learn as much as I can and also gain some more sponsorship.”
The 18 year old will hit the track for the first Practice session at Phillip Island Friday 20th April, 10:10am.
Keep up to date with all of Zane’s racing via his Facebook, @ZaneMorseRacing and Instagram, Zane_Morse_Racing.