The 2017/18 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship has been full of chaos, drama, championship lead changes and most importantly, incredibly close racing!
After 7 rounds, 21 races and 7 different race winners the title fight has come down to three drivers with just 69 points between them!
Marton’s Kaleb Ngatoa leads the way followed by the Halcombe based Callum Crawley who sits 26 points behind the man from Marton. Sitting in third is Papatoetoe’s Liam Foster who sits 69 points off the lead and with 225 points on offer over the weekend, the title is anyone’s.
Each driver brings their own advantage, Ngatoa has had blistering pace but has lacked consistency with mechanical failures and penalties.
Crawley’s consistency saw him take the points lead at the midway point of the season but a mechanical drama in the last race saw Ngatoa take the lead heading into the final round. Both drivers are lacking something the Foster has, miles at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Foster, a comparatively seasoned driver has experience around the circuit which may prove vital in the title fight. While both Ngatoa and Crawley have a previous season of NZ Formula First racing on their CV, Pukekohe was absent from the calendar last year.
Following the announcement of a free USA Formula 4 test being part of the 2018 SpeedSport Scholarship Program, this years recipient Conrad Clark has created an unassailable points lead in the Rookie of the Year title and within a shot of third overall in the championship should Liam Foster run into trouble.
The class brings another strong field to the show and the incredibly close racing brought about by the 1200cc VW engines along with the added pressure of the title fight the class will no doubt be a highlight of the weekend! Discounted Tickets are available at www.speedworksevents.co.nz
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 live commentary! Download it by searching “SpeedWorks Events” on the App Store or Google Play Store.