Toyota Racing Series Champions M2 Competition are delighted to announce Israel’s Ido Cohen as their second driver for the 2020 campaign.
He will open his racing season by joining M2 for the five-round championship that begins in January.
Ido is managed by ADD Management, who are no strangers to entrusting their drivers to the category having previously placed talents such as Lando Norris and James Pull in the championship.
The 18-year-old from Tel Aviv started single-seater circuit racing in 2018. That followed four years in karting, competing in a variety of international Rotax Max Junior and Rotax Max Senior karting championships and events around the world.
His first foray into circuit racing was in the 2018 Italian Formula 4 Championship. He dove-tailed that effort with a German Formula 4 campaign.
He stayed in both series for 2019 and secured a podium in German F4 and three more in Italian F4 on the way. He has also completed four races this year in the highly-competitive Euroformula Open. Most recently, he won the qualifying race at the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games.
Looking forward to visiting New Zealand and racing there for the first time, Cohen said: “I’m really excited to race in TRS next year and to be part of the M2 team that has had so many great champions.
“I want to say a massive thanks to my sponsor Blue Bird Airways for their continued support and hope to use the time in New Zealand to prepare for my 2020 European season as best as I can. »
M2 Competition’s Mark Pilcher expects Cohen to impress on his first trip to New Zealand, adding: “We warmly welcome Ido to our 2020 line-up and whilst the goal is to prepare him for 2020 European season I suspect he will throw up a few surprises as he works together with his team-mates to produce results. »
The 2020 championship will begin at Highlands Motorsport Park over the weekend of January 17-19. It stays in the South Island for the second round a week later, moving to Teretonga Park near Invercargill for round two.
The series then heads to the North Island for the remaining three weekends of racing. That will include the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy at Hampton Downs, the New Zealand Motor Cup at Pukekohe and the final round, the New Zealand Grand Prix meeting over the weekend of February 14-16 at Manfeild.