Rangitikei teen Kaleb Ngatoa has ended today’s wet practice session on top at Hampton Downs. Matt Podjurksy was fastest in the earlier dry session but with heavy rain forecasted for the weekend’s racing, it’s Ngatoa who looks to be the benchmark this weekend.
The first session of the day was met with windy conditions and the return of Amy Smith after missing the previous three rounds due to an engine rebuild.
Matt Podjursky sent a clear message to his championship rivals, that he wants to win. The Taranaki teen posted a 1:20.8 all on his own, a time that would end the session a whole second faster than anyone else.
Callum Crawley showed another glimpse of front running pace finishing second to Podjursky with Kaleb Ngatoa three-tenths behind him. Chris Symon recorded the fourth fastest time ahead of Reece Hendl-Cox and championship leader Arran Crighton who were fifth and sixth respectively.
The rain came in hard and left the Hi-Q Components NZ Formula Championship with a wet track. The wet conditions are often considered ‘the great equaliser’ and that held true as the field was mixed up with the margin between the top two time less than 0.1s!
SpeedSport Scholarship driver Dylan Smith finished second to Ngatoa only 0.039s from the laters time. Ron Carter set the third fastest time with Reece Hendl-Cox fourth and Callum Crawley fifth.
Championship hopeful, Matt Podjursky, finished distant seventh 2.2 seconds from Ngatoa’s time.