PREVIEW: 2016/17 Finale

It’s all come down to just two points! The final round of what has been a close, intense, epic and exciting season of the Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship is upon us, taking place this weekend at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park.

After seven rounds and 21 races and four winners, 12,980 points have been awarded to 18 drivers who have left the title fight down to just 17 points between the top three. Matt Podjursky leads Arran Crighton by just two points with Bramwell King just 15 points from Crighton in third.

With rain on the radar for the weekend bets for the win would sit with King after he dominated at a soaked Hampton Downs two rounds ago, however, Podjursky is no slouch around Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park having claimed his first ever win there earlier this year. As you would expect with a driver sitting in second in the points, Crighton knows his way around the track too, having claimed multiple wins there this season.

The close points gaps don’t stop there either. Fourth place is wide open with just nine points stopping rookie Reece Hendl-Cox from taking an impressive fourth place over Chris Symon. Hendl-Cox’s recent form streak puts him in a good position eclipse Symon however, the later is a proven winner around the Taupo circuit.

While Hendl-Cox has wrapped up the rookie of the year title, the second place battle is still alive between Callum Crawley and Kaleb Ngatoa. Crawley’s form streak saw him overtake Ngatoa by two points. The pair sit in sixth and seventh overall, comfortably ahead of fellow rookie Dylan Smith who is eighth.

Hot on the heals of Smith is Travis Day, currently in ninth and nine points off Smith. Day has scored 23 points more than Smith on average in the last four rounds, although Smith has not been helped by numerous penalties across those rounds.

The final spot or the top ten is down to Alex Hawley and Ron Carter. Hawley currently holds the position over Carter by a single point. This battle will not be an easy one to predict as both drivers have traded blows for most points across all averages.

And to throw a spanner in the works, Brody McConkey will make a cameo appearance after completing his TR86 campaign. McConkey is a seasoned NZ Formula First driver, finishing third in last years championship with multiple wins to his name. He is set to shake the front runners up, making the championship fight much more interesting.

We just love this joint and can’t wait to go racing! Qualifying will take place on Saturday morning before race one late afternoon. Race two will commence just before lunch on Sunday with the season finale scheduled for later that afternoon. Entry is FREE for all spectators, we can’t wait to see you there for some epic racing!
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  • Val April 12, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Check the points chart ! Maybe its a sign that you have Crighton leading Podjursky by 2 points . Hopefully it stays that way . GO ARRAN !

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