Callum Crawley has claimed the 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship after taking the final race of the season at Pukekohe Park Raceway. A post-race penalty for Kaleb Ngatoa leading into the final race saw Crawley handed the points lead, lending Crawley the upper hand going into the title race.
With Crawley having the pace to control the title fight, he jumped into the front bunch and just let the race play out, holding third for the opening half of the race. Two laps in a Safety Car was called for a stranded Flynn Mullany and subsequently brought out the red flag.
Upon the restart, Crawley slotted into the lead and Ngatoa made a bold move around the outside of Amy Smith at turn one to take third in pursuit of Crawley. Ngatoa’s pace was unable to hold the position though as he then fell back again as the top three of Crawley, Hurst and Frazer starting to break away.
By the time the final lap approached Crawley, Ngatoa, Hurst and Frazer all ran four wide heading into turn one! Amy Smith sat cautiously behind, ready to pick up the pieces of any mishaps in front of her.
Crawley would lead the field over the line, becoming champion, while Amy Smith scored a career-best second ahead go Liam Foster and Taylor Hurst. Kaleb Ngatoa finished fifth ahead of Billy Frazer and Conrad Clark. Travis Day had another impressive showing with eighth while Alex Hawley continued his strong run with ninth ahead of Nathan Sudiono.
Photo: Geoff Ridder