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Cassidy finally gets first win of 2013 to boost points lead

by Peter Allen

Photo: Bruce Jenkins

Nick Cassidy extended his points lead in the defence of his Toyota Racing Series as he finally claimed his first victory of the 2013 campaign in race two at Hampton Downs.

Starting from the reverse grid pole position, the New Zealander ran away to a four second win over Pipo Derani. Starting second, Derani had his mirrors full of race one winner Mitch Evans for much of the race but held on before Lucas Auer robbed Evans of the final podium spot at the very end.

Austrian Auer enjoyed a strong race from fifth on the grid, limiting the damage to championship rival Cassidy who increased his margin at the head of the standings from 11 to 26 points.

Alex Lynn lost two places to Evans and Auer to finish fifth, while Jann Mardenborough maintained his strong showing this weekend by chasing his fellow Brit across the line in sixth.

Steijn Schothorst was seventh ahead of Nicholas Latifi while Bruno Bonifacio and Tanart Sathienrakul rounded out the top ten.

Race two results

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Nick Cassidy M2 Competition 15 laps in 17:21.821
2 Pipo Derani Giles Motorsport 4.012
3 Lucas Auer Giles Motorsport 4.666
4 Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport 4.856
5 Alex Lynn M2 Competition 5.205
6 Jann Mardenborough ETEC Motorsport 5.549
7 Steijn Schothorst M2 Competition 7.155
8 Nicholas Latifi Giles Motorsport 10.606
9 Bruno Bonifacio Giles Motorsport 10.781
10 Tanart Sathienthirakul ETEC Motorsport 10.973
11 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 15.943
12 Felix Serralles Giles Motorsport 16.447
13 Tatiana Calderon ETEC Motorsport 17.260
14 Akash Nandy ETEC Motorsport 20.271
15 Michael Scott Victory Motor Racing 27.639
16 Spike Goddard M2 Competition 44.713
Ret Ignazio D?Agosto Victory Motor Racing +3 laps
NC Dennis Olsen M2 Competition +5 laps
Ret Andrew Tang M2 Competition +15 laps