Exactly 20 years since his father (NZ Motorsport “Hall of Fame” recipient Graeme Lawrence) last competed, 2009 sees a family dream fulfilled as son Shaun takes to the track in the Suzuki Swift Cup Championship.

“I know it’s really cliché but this is literally a dream for me” explains 27 year old Shaun. “Our goals have been kept pretty simple, if we can come away from the first round knowing that we’re on the pace, and can be competitive then I’ll be stoked” he went on to add.

The decision to use the Suzuki Swift Cup as a debut class was based around the fact that a one-make class gave Lawrence the chance to genuinely see if he can be competitive in an environment where the only variance is the drivers themselves. And do you think his father is excited?

“I am over the moon!” explains a beaming Graeme Lawrence. “It’s just fantastic. Shaun’s been able to surround himself with people that genuinely support him and to be honest, that’s half the battle right there” he went on to say.

That support extends into another well known International racing family, with Frank and Paul Radicish also behind Lawrence’s debut season. With a huge wealth of knowledge behind him, combined with 12 years of Karting experience, Lawrence could well prove to be a shining star in the 2009/10 championship season.

Round One gets under way at Pukekohe Park Raceway on November 7 -8 as part of the National “Tier One” Championship which includes the Toyota Racing Series, and the always popular NZV8’s. The Suzuki Swift Cup consists of 6 rounds taking in some of New Zealand’s best circuits, from Pukekohe in the North down to the worlds southern-most track, Teretonga in the deep South.

Coverage of all rounds will be broadcast on free-to-air television as part of TV3’s Motorsport programming.