Speed and consistency for Ngatoa have seen him streak ahead to a 52 point lead after the second round of the Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship. His nearest rival, Callum Crawley, has been unable to rival the series leader since the second race of the season and although he finished second in Taupo his results were not what he was after finishing off the podium twice.
Liam Foster, currently sitting third in the standings, produced the standout drive of the round two on numerous occasions. After missing qualifying and subsequently starting last for the first race of the round he drove through to finish fourth. And again in the final race of the round after losing a handful of positions due to an off, he charged through to steal a podium finish on the last lap.
This weekend marks the third round of the 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship and the second of our ‘Taupo Triple’ at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park. The championship favourite heading into the round, Chris Symon, will be out for redemption this weekend after a dismal opening two events. The Palmerston North school teacher sits almost 200 points off the championship lead in seventh after suffering mechanical issues in 3/6 races, including one DNF.
The battle for the rookie honours this season is heating up with Blake Evans closing the gap to SpeedSport Scholarship driver Conrad Clark to just 21 points in round two. While Clark has had strong Saturdays, collecting two podiums, he has struggled on the two Sunday races of both rounds. Evans, still yet to stand on the podium had a strong showing at round two and is a strong chance to score a podium this weekend.
The class brings another strong field and with an extra two laps per race than we have previously raced at Taupo, the incredibly close racing brought about by the 1200cc VW engines will no doubt be a highlight of the weekend.
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!
SpeedWorks Events have also launched a new app where you can follow the racing via live timing and live commentary! Download it by searching “SpeedWorks Events” on the App Store or Google Play Store.