Hurst steals surprise pole at Hampton Downs

Taylor Hurst has taken a surprise pole position at the penultimate round of the 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship at Hampton Downs.

Reece Hendl-Cox was leading the way for almost the entirety of session until the final seconds when almost the whole field improved their time and shuffled the order. Hurst jumped from tenth to first while Kaleb Ngatoa moved up two spots to start second.

Billy Frazer launched onto the third starting spot ahead of Hendl-Cox who was shuffled down to fourth. Liam Foster set the fifth quickest time ahead of championship leader Callum Crawley.

Round 5 winner Brody McConkey set a time only good enough for seventh while Conrad Clark will start down in eighth. Amy Smith, Alex Hawley, Shaun Logan, Blake Evans and Nathan Sudiono rounded out the field.

Ngatoa’s front row start remains provisional after an incident with Hendl-Cox on track prompted a post session investigation.

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