Reece Hendl-Cox has taken race six of the 2018/19 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway as championship leader Chris Symon failed to finish.
Symon got the initial lead starting from pole and leading the field for the first sector of the race. Hendl-Cox emerged right up to the front by the end of the lap and looked like he had the pace to stay there.
Then the obligatory six-car train formed, with Hendl-Cox, Smith, Symon, Billy Frazer, Thomas Boniface and Liam Foster. All of them swapping positions, running as many cars wide as the track would allow and catching multicar drafts down the back straight.
Drama then struck on the penultimate lap when Symon’s #28 machine went up in smoke running into turn one, dropping oil all over the track. The oil created more chaos when Ron Carter, Dave Scammell and Ronan Murphy all speared off in spectacular fashion after encountering it unexpectedly.
Hendl-Cox’s win moved him into second in the championship. Billy Frazer came home second ahead of Thomas Boniface, Amy Smith and Liam Foster.
Kyan Davie scored an impressive sixth ahead of Bob Dillow, Nathan Sudiono, Barry Holden, and Louis Redshaw in tenth. Ronan Murphy, Dave Scammell and Ron Carter came home in 11th, 12th and 13th respectively while Andrew Tierney, Liam Nicholson, Rob Baker rounded out the field.