Round 2: Taupo Preview

After a thrilling season opener at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, the Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship heads North for the start of it’s ‘Taupo Triple’, the first of three consecutive meetings at the Central North Island circuit.

It was very much the changing of the guard when the championship hit the track at Manfeild last month with two new winners sharing the three race wins and an almost certain chance we will crown a new champion yet again this season.

Kaleb Ngatoa walked away with a slim championship lead after two race wins while Callum Crawley also scored his maiden victory in race two. Liam Foster saw a significant improvement in results, taking his first podium and finishing the weekend third in the points.

Unexpectedly, further down the standings, Chris Symon notched up just 87 points (13th) after a troublesome weekend that started with a crash in qualifying, although still managing to take pole. Symon will be looking to use his almost unbeatable pace at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park circuit to try claim back the 123 point deficit to Ngatoa.

The familiar three-race format will be used again this weekend with qualifying Saturday morning and Race one later that afternoon while two races will take place on Sunday. The 2017/18 will see a slight change to the races at Taupo as the number of laps per race is increased to eight to match that of the other tracks the series visits. Once the upgrades were completed at Taupo, the races were shortened to six laps at the venue to make the total race distance similar to other tracks however, it was agreed to change earlier this year.

Formula First TV will be active across the weekend, with a weekend preview coming Friday night and a Facebook Live interview with our round winner on Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates over the weekend!

Driver to Watch: Chris Symon

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