Hendl-Cox fires back as Ngatoa crashes

Reece Hendl-Cox has fired back after his disqualification earlier today to win race nine of the 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship. Conrad Clark ended his ‘Bad Sunday’ streak with a second place while Amy Smith stepped onto the podium for the first time taking third in the eventful race.

The first to collide was Alex Hawley and Craig Greenwood on the opening corner of the race. Greenwood’s car launched into the air after collecting the front of Hawley’s car and spun it around where Hawley was then collected by a spinning #22 machine. The damage ruled both of them out of the rest of the race.

Drama struck again when Chris Symon came grinding to a halt when his car lost ignition, forcing him to pull off the track and retire the car. Fortunately for Symon, he would not lose any more ground to the championship leader after Ngatoa’s eventual retirement.

Then came the big moment of the race, Kaleb Ngatoa suffering a steering failure and losing all control of the car as it directed itself into the tyre barrier at turn ten.

That then left a four-car battle for the win between Callum Crawley, Hendl-Cox, Clark and Smith. Crawley and Hendl-Cox lead the pack side by side into the chase on the final lap but Crawley couldn’t pull his car up and spun out of contention handing the win to Hendl-Cox. Crawley gathered it up to finish fourth, promoting Clark to second and giving Smith her first ever podium and the first podium place from a female in 15 years.

Liam Foster would come home fifth ahead of Taylor Hurst, Bob Dillow and Nathan Sudiono. Travis Day and Billy Frazer rounded out the top ten while Dave Scammell, Louis Redshaw, Cameron Dance, Shaun Logan and Paul Butler made up the top 15.

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