The 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship has kicked off at Manfeild with Chris Symon taking the opening Pole of the season. Kaleb Ngatoa posted the second fastest time ahead of Callum Crawley.
Symon’s experience proved key setting the fastest lap, out thinking his fellow competitors, of who the majority are relatively new to Formula First racing. Although it wasn’t a smooth run for Symon, the school teacher’s session was cut short after he locked up at turn 5 in the final few minutes. Unfortunately, he collected Amy Smith along the way, causing severe damage to both cars.
Smith, however, was able to set a time good enough for fourth position, beating Liam Foster and his new car. Reece Hendl-Cox overcame engine issues to qualify sixth ahead of Billy Frazer, also sporting a new car.
SpeedSport Scholarship winner Conrad Clark endured a tough session, struggling to get a clear run resulting in a fourth row start in P8. Blake Evans debut in the National Championship qualified ninth.
Taylor Hurst only managed one lap before ending his session stuck on the infield after spinning at turn 5, but that one lap was enough to secure tenth on debut.