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Auer and Serrales top Saturday qualifying sessions

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Lucas Auer will start the first race of the new Toyota Racing Series season at Teretonga race from pole after topping the timesheets in the first qualifying session, while Felix Serralles grabbed pole for the Sunday feature race in session two.

Auer emerged as a pacesetter for the first 15-minute session, setting a benchmark time of 54.639 seconds shortly before the session timer ran out. In that time window, Brit Alex Lynn secured a front row start with a time just a tenth short of that set by the poleman. Nick Cassidy and Serralles made up the second row while Bruno Bonifacio rounded up the top five. Canadian Nicholas Latifi impressively beat Pipo Derani and Steijn Schothorst for sixth, while rookie Jann Mardenborough narrowly missed out on ninth to Tanart Satienthirakul.

The second session that took part immediately after the first was red-flagged twice, in some way owing that to the difficult weather conditions. Serralles came out on top in the shortened run, setting the quickest time of a minute and 2.056 seconds. Again, it was Lynn who took second, after leading the timesheets for a big part of the session. Damon Leitch and Schothorst both improved on their grid results from the first session, taking third and fourth respectively.

Race 1 takes place at 15:00 local time (GMT -13).

Qualifying Session 1, grid for Race 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Lucas Auer Giles Motorsport 54.639s
2 Alex Lynn M2 Competition 54.748s +0.109s
3 Nick Cassidy M2 Competition 54.817s +0.178s
4 Felix Serralles Giles Motorsport 54.878s +0.239s
5 Bruno Bonifacio Giles Motorsport 54.892s +0.253s
6 Nicholas Latifi Giles Motorsport 55.028s +0.389s
7 Pipo Derani Giles Motorsport 55.164s +0.525s
8 Steijn Schothorst M2 Competition 55.263s +0.624s
9 Tanart Satienthirakul ETEC Motorsport 55.344s +0.705s
10 Jann Mardenborough ETEC Motorsport 55.366s +0.727s
11 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 55.368s +0.729s
12 Tatiana Calderon ETEC Motorsport 55.379s +0.740s
13 Spike Goddard M2 Competition 55.531s +0.892s
14 Andrew Tang ETEC Motorsport 55.535s +0.896s
15 Dennis Olsen M2 Competition 55.638s +0.999s
16 Michael Scott Victory Motor Racing 55.816s +1.177s
17 Akash Nandy ETEC Motorsport 55.834s +1.195s
18 Ryan Cullen M2 Competition 56.529s +1.890s