RECIPIENT OF PAUL MORRIS ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP!
18-year-old New Zealand racer, Peter Vodanovich will complete his maiden Australian
Toyota 86 Racing Series season with Paul Morris Motorsports, which currently fields Declan
Fraser and Luke Vanna.
Vodanovich visited the Paul Morris Racing Academy at the Norwell Motorplex on the Gold
Coast after finishing the opening round at Phillip Island fifth overall. From there, he has been
awarded a scholarship to the Academy by Morris and welcomed to his team.
Morris also used the announcement of Vodanovich joining PMM to outline that he’d like to
attract more young New Zealand talents to the Norwell Motorplex to benefit from the Paul
Morris Racing Academy.
Taking an unconventional route to circuit racing through sim racing, the Aucklander was
recently presented with the Ian Snellgrove Award for winning the Elite Motorsport Academy
by Motorsport New Zealand after his fourth placing in the NZ Toyota 86 Racing Series over
summer. Alumni in that Academy include Porsche Junior, Jaxon Evans and USF2000
scholarship driver, Hunter McElrea.
Peter is a martial arts black belt (in the discipline of Hsou Jing Do) and is studying
Engineering at the University of Auckland to improve his mechanical understanding of
Vodanovich joins fellow 18-year-olds Fraser and Vanna, along with Emily Duggan under the
Paul Morris Racing Academy Scholarship program in this year’s Toyota 86 Racing Series
and Broc Feeney in the Kumho Tyre Super3 Supercars Series. Feeney recently tested the
Penrite Racing Commodore in Winton’s Additional Driver Session. The Gold Coast-based
Paul Morris Motorsports will prepare and transport Vodanovich’s car.
He will continue to be mentored by Todd Pelham who has been a part of Peter’s career
since the beginning.
The Paul Morris Racing Academy runs daily by prior appointment at the Norwell Motorplex
on the Gold Coast offering everything from a two hour course through to an intensive two
Peter Vodanovich is supported in Australia by MacClures ITM, Creme Insurance, First Stop
Electrical, Connex Wire, Goldwise and the Elite Motorsport Academy.
“Peter represents the next generation of New Zealand racing talent coming through and I’m
happy we can provide him this opportunity,” explained Morris.
“When he came to see us, he impressed me with the way he presents himself and with such
little time racing, he’s clearly got a good natural racing instinct.
“He was fifth overall at Phillip Island having not raced there before, which is pretty decent in
a field of nearly 40 cars!
“We can see that Peter will improve with a bit more training and he’ll benefit from the Paul
Morris Racing Academy.
“There’s a lot of great young kids racing other forms of production cars and the Toyota 86
Racing Series in NZ - and we’d love for them to come to the Paul Morris Racing Academy
and train with us as well.”
“It is an absolute honour to be joining the Paul Morris Racing Academy and to be invited to
be one of the scholarship drivers,” said Vodanovich. “I certainly wasn’t expecting that when I
went there to get some training with Paul, but to be alongside guys like Shane van
Gisbergen and Anton de Pasquale that go to the Academy regularly is something pretty
“I really can’t wait until Townsville now to be part of Paul’s team and share data with the
other three drivers. That is a huge part of it and Paul’s experience will be beneficial. Already
training with Steve Robinson and the team at Norwell Motorplex, I feel as though my skills
“I’m also pleased to have Todd Pelham along for the ride as well. He along with my family
has been instrumental in my career to date and will continue to be part of our team, along
with all our supporters that make the wheels turn.
“It’s been a great year so far winning the Elite Motorsport Academy in New Zealand and
coming to Australia to race, this really adds to it.
“Fifth placed overall at Phillip Island and three top 10 finishes was an awesome way to kick
the season off. We didn’t know what to expect coming to Australia other than a big field and
some tough racing! It was certainly that and a lot more and from here we’ll aim to continue
building on it.
“It’s only a month to Townsville, I’m certainly on the countdown and can’t wait to get there
and keep this adventure rolling!”