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Auer and Lynn quickest in Friday sessions

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Lucas Auer shined again on Friday during the three final practice sessions for the Toyota Racing Series round at Teretonga, going under the previous circuit record during the morning run.

The young Austrian driver topped the timesheets in the first Friday practice session of the weekend with a lap of 53.821 seconds. Just a tenth-and-a-half down was Steijn Schothorst, the only other driver to get under the 54-second mark so far this weekend. The top five of the session was completed by Felix Serralles, Alex Lynn and Bruno Bonifacio.

Times were slower in the second session of the day as Lynn narrowly beat Auer to the top of the board, with a lap of 54.356 seconds. Schothorst set the third time, followed by series champion Nick Cassidy and Bonifacio. Aussie driver Spike Goddard was forced to sit out the session, but returned into action in the final run of the day.

Come Friday practice three, the fastest times ended up a full second slower than in the morning, with Auer setting the pace yet again. Serralles, Lynn and Cassidy were all two tenths off while Damon Leitch rounded up the top five, ending up the only non-Giles/M2 driver making it into the top five in any given session of the day.

Combined Standings
Pos Driver Team Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 PB Pos
1 Lucas Auer Giles Motorsport 53.821s 54.367s 54.908s 1
2 Steijn Schothorst M2 Competition 53.991s 54.525s 55.631s 2
3 Felix Serralles Giles Motorsport 54.059s 54.747s 55.116s 2
4 Alex Lynn M2 Competition 54.136s 54.356s 55.161s 1
5 Bruno Bonifacio Giles Motorsport 54.227s 54.615s 56.558s 5
6 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 54.314s 54.649s 55.209s 5
7 Pipo Derani Giles Motorsport 54.350s 55.097s 55.446s 6
8 Tatiana Calderon ETEC Motorsport 54.525s 54.876s 55.755s 8
9 Nicholas Latifi Giles Motorsport 54.544s 55.042s 55.672s 9
10 Nick Cassidy M2 Competition 54.946s 54.600s 55.166s 4
11 Tanart Satienthirakul ETEC Motorsport 54.723s 55.396s 56.209s 10
12 Andrew Tang ETEC Motorsport 54.855s 54.970s 56.450s 9
13 Jann Mardenborough ETEC Motorsport 54.889s 55.030s 55.600s 7
14 Spike Goddard M2 Competition 54.933s No Time 55.658s 9
15 Dennis Olsen M2 Competition 55.147s 55.061s 56.731s 12
16 Michael Scott Victory Motor Racing 55.653s 55.589s 56.559s 15
17 Ryan Cullen M2 Competition 56.137s 55.784s 56.401s 14
18 Akash Nandy ETEC Motorsport 55.825s 55.797s 55.928s 12

Times in bold denote quickest times of the day for given driver.
Times in italics denote quickest times in a given session