Chris Symon has dominated the opening race of the 2018/19 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon.
After taking pole by a convincing margin, Symon stormed away from the field from the green lights and never looked back, establishing an unassailable lead by the end of the first lap.
Meanwhile, the battle for second started to heat up with a seven-car train forming. Billy Frazer and Liam Foster held the upper hand in the fight for second for the majority of the race, but not without a good fight from Reece Hendl-Cox and Thomas Boniface. Boniface, who started 11th, made an impressive charge to the front of the pack, running as high as second place at times.
The first incident of the season went to Taylor Hurst, the 16-year-old spun at the hairpin on lap six, breaking up the pack around him and sending him back multiple positions.
As the final lap approached, the first four-wide battle down the home straight took place with Frazer, Foster, Hendl-Cox and Boniface using the entire width of the track to fight to second position.
When the chequered flag fell it would be Chris Symon who would take it by some distance over Liam Foster with Billy Frazer just 0.07s behind him. Reece Hendl-Cox came home fourth ahead of Thomas Boniface in fifth.
SpeedSport Scholarship driver Ronan Murphy recorded a solid sixth on debut ahead of Amy Smith, Taylor Hurst, Travis Day with Ron Carter taking tenth spot. Kyan Davie led home his Sabre teammate Nathan Sudiono in 11th and 12th.
Dave Scammell, Andrew Tierney, Darren Henderson, Louis Redshaw, Rob Baker and Flynn Mullany rounded out the field.
Photo: Tayler Burke