Pukekohe Park raceway commenced its first Castrol Toyota Racing Series round in over a decade. The highlight card for the weekend being the prestigious NZ Motorcup on offer for this Sunday’s feature race.
Joining the Speedwork Events support card includes the SsangYong Rhino Racing Series, BNT NZV8 Championship, NZ Formula Ford and First, while the awe gazing D1NZ series takes centre stage tomorrow evening. Here is what went down on a busy Friday.
• Caio Collet set the early pace by flirting on the outskirts of the 60 second bracket in the day’s opening free practice. The Brazilian’s time of a 1.00.665 would preside the top of the timesheets for the day.
• Recently announced to compete in the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 championship, Lucas Petersson enjoyed a competitive outing, establishing himself as a genuine top ten contender for this weekend.
• Once again, Liam Lawson was another notable omission from the top of the timesheets. The M2 team were vividly holding back their true pace across the day.
• An accident for Emilien Denner disrupted the end of FP1. The M2 competition driver getting caught out by the technicality that ensues at turn 3. The consequent result having the car gently coming to a rest along the tyre barrier, suffering minor damage.
• Collet’s weekend would almost immediately be turned upside down when he suffered a scary accident at the summit of the circuit’s final bend. The MTEC Motorsport team were left with a lengthy repair job, essentially ending Collet’s day.
• Lirim Zendeli quickly became Pukekohe Park’s next victim. A mistake once again at turn 3 brought out the day’s third red flag.
• Just 0.185s covered the top six cars in the day’s final practice session. While a mere seven tenths separated P1 from P15.
• Hampton Downs mini-enduro victor Todd Purjean continues his fine run of form with pole position for the opening race of the weekend in the SsangYong Racing Series. James Watson narrowly edged out Peter Vodanovich for the final spot on the front row by 0.001s.
• Andre Heimgartner concluded the day almost a second faster than his nearest rival. Teammate Lance Hughes would ensure that both Hamilton Motorsport prepared Commodores would finish the day in a 1-2 formation.
• Billy Frazer continues his spree of dominance in Formula Ford, being the only driver to break into the into the 1.09 bracket in the morning’s opening Practice session.