Pukekohe pilot Billy Frazer endured the highs and lows of the ITM New Zealand Formula Ford Championship at Teretonga Park.
Callum Crawley got the best start in the weekend opener, usurping pole sitter Thomas Boniface for top spot.
Frazer was third, though not for long after a mistake from Boniface allowed him to blow by and claim second place.
Come Lap 5, Frazer caught and passed Crawley. Zac Stichbury and James Penrose also managed to get Boniface who only narrowly missed out on a podium. In the end, just 0.080s split the trio at the line.
Ronan Murphy, Kaleb Ngatoa, and Keith Miller completed the running order. Blake Evans failed to finish.
Race 2 saw Frazer engage in a battle with Penrose for the win. Their battle brought Boniface into contention and on the last lap, he blew by Penrose at Turn 1.
However, Boniface couldn’t keep second place after he made a mistake in similar style to his Race 1 error and fell back to third.
Stichbury was fourth while Murphy was a distant fifth. Evans managed to finish the second outing in sixth while Crawley and Miller finished seventh and eighth respectively. Kaleb Ngatoa failed to finish due to recurring engine issues.
The third and final race of the weekend started with drama. Frazer failed to make the start of the race after he didn’t get to the pit lane exit on time. That meant he had to start from the pit lane.
That left Penrose and Boniface to battle initially, but it was Stichbury who surged forward and into the race lead early on.
Despite starting from pit lane, Frazer surged forward. However, he made an unforced error on Lap 5 at Turn 1 and fell off the road. That ended any chance of a third straight win.
With only three laps to go, it was Stichbury on top, but Penrose came back to take the lead. Before Stichbury could fight back, the Safety Car was deployed and the field neutralised due to Murphy getting stuck in the gravel.
In the end, Penrose claimed victory from Stichbury and Boniface. Crawley lay fourth with Frazer a distant fifth and Miller sixth. Murphy failed to finish while Ngatoa and Evans didn’t start.
Round 4 of the championship takes place at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park over 31 January-2 February in support of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series.