Photo: Bruce Jenkins/Toyota Racing Series
Nick Cassidy and Alex Lynn were the drivers to beat in the two respective Thursday practice sessions at Manfeild for the finale of the 2013 Toyota Racing Series season.
Championship leader and title holder Cassidy set the quickest time in session one, narrowly beating Lucas Auer to the top of the leaderboards. The Austrian was second at the end of the session, while Ignazio D’Agosto, who joined the series at the previous round at Hampton Downs, rounded out the top three. Within a tenth of D’Agosto’s time were Bruno Bonifacio and Lynn to shape the top five for the session.
The second session saw a noticeable drop in times and this time it was Lynn who set the pace for the rest of the field, being the only man to get out of the 1:04 range during the day. Again, Auer was a close second with Steijn Schothorst, Bonifacio and Cassidy completing the top five.
Felix Serralles, who was sixth in the first session, missed the entirety of session two, having gone off late in
Steijn’s older brother Pieter Schothorst finished up eighth in the second session while 71-year-old Ken Smith finished the day slowest but only a couple of tenths of a second behind the next slowest man Akash Nandy.
Combined practice results
|Pos||Driver||Team||Session 1||Session 2||PB Pos|
|1||Alex Lynn||M2 Competition||1m04.715s||1m03.952s||1|
|2||Lucas Auer||Giles Motorsport||1m04.477s||1m04.164s||2|
|3||Steijn Schothorst||M2 Competition||1m05.506s||1m04.227s||3|
|4||Bruno Bonifacio||Giles Motorsport||1m04.685s||1m04.258s||4|
|5||Nick Cassidy||M2 Competition||1m04.366s||1m04.282s||1|
|6||Ignazio D’Agosto||Victory Motor Racing||1m04.622s||1m04.375s||3|
|7||Damon Leitch||Victory Motor Racing||1m05.317s||1m04.461s||7|
|8||Pieter Schothorst||M2 Competition||1m05.766s||1m04.635s||8|
|9||Andrew Tang||ETEC Motorsport||1m05.481s||1m04.650s||9|
|10||Jann Mardenborough||ETEC Motorsport||1m05.168s||1m04.653s||8|
|11||Pipo Derani||Giles Motorsport||1m05.077s||1m04.698s||7|
|12||Spike Goddard||M2 Competition||1m05.550s||1m04.827s||12|
|13||Felix Serralles||Giles Motorsport||1m04.970s||No time||6|
|14||Tanart Sathienthirakul||ETEC Motorsport||1m05.442s||1m04.973s||13|
|15||Tatiana Calderon||ETEC Motorsport||1m05.294s||1m05.127s||10|
|16||Dennis Olsen||M2 Competition||1m05.903s||1m05.152s||15|
|17||Michael Scott||M2 Competition||1m05.404s||1m05.260s||12|
|18||Nicholas Latifi||Giles Motorsport||1m05.223s||1m05.317s||9|
|19||Akash Nandy||ETEC Motorsport||1m06.045s||1m05.418s||18|
|20||Ken Smith||Giles Motorsport||1m05.627s||1m05.648s||17|