Symon steals win from Hendl-Cox in photo finish

Chris Symon has stolen race seven of the Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship at Pukekohe Park. Hendl-Cox lead out of the hairpin and over the mountain but expertly timed runs from Symon and Liam Foster put the pair into race-winning contention. It was a three-wide, photo finish at the line with just 0.031s separated the top three drivers.

Behind the third-placed Foster was Amy Smith and Louis Redshaw. Ron Carter finished in sixth with Liam Nicholson seventh and Kyan Davie eighth.

All the drama in the race was between the rookie drivers. First, it was Leo Scott and Mathew McCutcheon who ended up in the gravel after Scott encountered a brake problem which left him spinning through turn three. McCutcheon was left with nowhere to go and the pair made unfortunate contact and were stranded in the gravel.

The incident prompted the safety car and upon the restart, Asten Addy lost drive out of the hairpin and Bree Morriss collected the rear of his car, dislodging her nose-cone.

McCutcheon was able to get going again to finish tenth while Scott retired. Morris was able to finished ninth while Addy too retired.