The Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship is known for its close racing, but its Championship battle is just as close with only nine points between the top two contenders!
This weekend Hampton Downs Motorsport Park plays host to the penultimate round of 2017/18 Championship and the first trip North for the season. The championship picture is much different than most would have predicted. Chris Symon’s experience and speed put him favourite prior to the season but mechanical dramas have left him sixth overall and well out of the hunt. Another favourite was Reece Hendl-Cox who too, through no fault of his own, has found himself well out of the hunt after a disqualification as well as some on-track drama’s.
After six rounds and 18 races, just nine points sit between Championship leader Callum Crawley and second-placed Kaleb Ngatoa. With two rounds and 450 points still on offer, there is still a chance that Liam Foster, currently sitting third, could take the glory as he is still only 70 points from the lead.
After a dominant start to the season, Ngatoa looked set to cruise to victory but a DNF and a penalty derailed his championship hopes and allowed his rivals to catch up. Despite taking a much-needed win last weekend at Manfeild, he was no match for the pace of Crawley who took two wins and the round.
A normally close fought rookie title has been absolutely dominated by SpeedSport Scholarship driver Conrad Clark. Clark currently sits fourth in the points, well clear of the closest rookie (Taylor Hurst), and still within a shot of the championship should the front three run into trouble. Fresh off his announcement that he will progress to Formula 4 USA later this year, he will be one to watch this weekend and in the future.
Live video coverage of the weekends racing will be available via a Live Stream along with Formula First TV which will be active across the weekend, with a weekend preview coming Friday night and an 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 a live stream! Download it by searching “SpeedWorks Events” on the App Store or Google Play Store.