The penultimate race of the 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship has seen it all with Billy Frazer taking his maiden win ahead of Taylor Hurst.
Callum Crawley started from pole alongside Alex Hawley, the later not getting the best start and headed a train that gave Crawley a small reprieve going down the back straight for the first time.
By the commencement of the second lap the pack had caught Crawley and in typical Formula First fashion went three wide around the incredibly fast turn one which saw Taylor Hurst emerge as the leader through turn two.
Meanwhile, the other championship contenders of Kaleb Ngatoa and Liam Foster were stuck in the pack behind the leaders, fighting it out to be best of the rest to buy their tickets into the championship race this afternoon. Just over halfway through the race Ngatoa and Foster collied which saw Foster spin and fall out down the order, severely denting his title hopes.
Billy Frazer then suddenly emerged as the leader of the race with three laps to go, leading Hurst and Crawley over the line. Hurst then decided he wanted a turn in the lead, his move allowing Ngatoa to catch the back of the pack to get an outside chance at the win.
On the final lap, Crawley positioned himself in the lead coming out of the hairpin, confident he had a gap to hold the lead come the drop of the flag, but the draft allowed Frazer to get by Crawley at the line, taking the win by just 0.067s! Hurst too was able to get by Crawley, taking second spot and relegating Crawley to third.
Ngatoa finished fourth ahead of Amy Smith. Smith led the Sabre Motorsport pair of Conrad Clark and Alex Hawley across the line. Liam Foster recovered to finish eighth ahead of Travis Day and Nathan Sudiono.
The championship is now even closer with Ngatoa leading Crawley by just seven points. Liam Foster now has outsiders chance, sitting 63 points from the lead.