Marcus Armstrong of Christchurch won an enthralling opening race in the second round of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Teretonga Park near Invercargill today.
The Ferrari Academy Driver had qualified second fastest earlier in the day behind series leader Liam Lawson of Pukekohe but got a much better start on a damp track and led all the way to win from Lawson who had to recover to climb back to second.
A late safety car allowed Lawson to close in and put pressure on Armstrong over the closing laps but a couple of slides as Lawson attacked ensured Armstrong victory by .436 of a second with Russian driver Artem Petrov, who made a demon start from eighth on the grid, third ahead of Cameron Das of the USA. UK based Raoul Hyman had made a good charge through the field only to lose ground after he slid off the track late in the race. Invercargill driver Brendon Leitch qualified seventh and finished eighth.
Australian Jack Smith extended his winning streak in the BNT V8’s in his Holden Commodore, heading home countryman Brenton Grove in a Toyota Camry with Cambridge driver Nick Ross third in his Nissan Altima in a race run on a dry track. In Class B Matt Podjursky of Inglewood took the honours in his Ford Falcon.
The Formula 1600 Championship competitors had two races today, the first on a wet track which was an incident packed affair won by Josh Bethune of Auckland from local driver Jordan Michels. Frontrunners James Penrose of Canterbury and American Luke Kohlbecker came to grief in the first while on a dry track later in the afternoon Michels reversed the result leading home from Bethune. Riverton driver Noel Atley had a great day in his 1984 Class 3 Crossle, qualifying eighth and then securing a tenth and eighth place in the two races.
Jordan Baldwin of Auckland led home Christchurch driver Jaden Ransley in another incident packed race in the Toyota 86 Series while NZ1, Sam Wallace of Christchurch, won the South Island Mazda Pro 7 race, both classes encountering wet conditions.
Marco Schelp won the South Island Porsche race in his 997 Cup S while the day ended with the Speed Works Rush Hour one hour race won by Hayden Knighton of Christchurch in a Porsche 991 GT3.
Sunday’s programme commences at 9.30am with the feature race the Spirit Of A Nation Trophy race for the Castrol Toyota Racing Series held on Sunday afternoon.