Matt Podjursky has claimed another close race at round five of the Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship. Series leader Arran Crighton moved back through to second in the final laps while Reece Hendl-Cox recorded another podium.
Bramwell King set a fast enough lap in the opening race yesterday to knock Chris Symon off pole for race two. Callum Crawley improved on his time from qualifying too, putting him alongside King on the front row.
King used his pole to get an early advantage on Crawley, leading him into turn one before Reece Hendl-Cox got underneath Crawley on the exit of turn one. Matt Podjursky soon got in on the action with a manoeuvre that seemed to come from nowhere into splash which put him into second.
The top three pack of King, Podjursky, and Hendl-Cox soon took off again while Crighton, Symon, Ngatoa and Crawley dropped back. As the final laps approached, the two groups merged together again and Podjursky created a small gap to King.
Once the inevitable drafting took place down the back straight on the final lap, Arran Crighton emerged in second just behind Podjursky while a committed pass that was as close as you will ever see by Hendl-Cox forced King wide and off the podium.
Chris Symon finished fifth ahead of Kaleb Ngatoa, Callum Crawley and Travis Day. Dylan Smith narrowly cleared Alex Hawley to claim ninth.