Liam Sceats took a clean sweep in the opening round of the NAPA Auto Parts 2022 NZ Formula Ford Championship at Taupo International Motorsport Park.
Sceats took pole position, winning the $1,010 Hamptons Downs NZ Racing Academy cash prize, before going on to take all four wins through the weekend, finishing ahead of Zac Christensen in each race.
“I’m really stoked on how the weekend has gone,” Sceats said.
“The car was ‘hooked-up’ so I am really happy. The team has done the best job, so really thrilled with how it all went.”
Sceats capitalised on his pole position in each race to take an early lead, Christensen was able to follow gaining a margin on the remainder of the field.
“That was not too bad considering we only had a couple of laps on Friday to learn the track,” said Christensen.
“The car was really good and quick all weekend. Liam (Sceats) was just too quick and I never really got the chance to get passed. Overall we got some good points from the round heading to my home track.”
There were several battles through the pack, as Alex Crosbie held off multiple attacks from Bree Morris, Leo Scott and Hayden Bakkerus for the final spot on the podium in all four races.
Jack Noble-Adams consistently found himself fighting with Morris, Bakkerus, Callum Crawley and Sebastian Manson, for a place in the top five.
Sceats also won the Ron Frost Memorial Trophy, awarded to the driver who wins the final race of the opening round of the championship.
As part of the prize package for the overall winner of the NZ Formula Ford title, the driver has the opportunity to test a FT60, while the Class 2 winner has the opportunity for a TR86 test.
The final four races of the championship will be held in Christchurch on Sunday 1 May 2022.
Main image: Bruce Jenkins