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Colapinto on pole for Toyota Racing Series race one at Manfeild

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Toyota Racing NZ

Franco Colapinto beat his title rivals to pole for the first Toyota Racing Series race of the weekend at Manfeild.

The Kiwi Motorsport driver, who lies third in the points ahead of the season finale, set a 1m03.185s lap to take pole ahead of title rival Igor Fraga.

Championship leader Liam Lawson, team-mate to Fraga at M2 Competition, was pushed down to fourth on the timesheet by Colapinto’s circuit-experienced team-mate Spike Kohlbecker.

Fraga set the pace early in the session when the first flying laps were coming in, but improvements throughout the field meant he never stayed top for too long.

Caio Collet, Gregoire Saucy and Ido Cohen were among those to briefly occupy the top spot before falling down the order as others found pace.

With less than five minutes to go, Lawson was yet to threaten the top three. He soon bounced from ninth to fourth before, with less than three minutes remaining, he managed his best time of the session.

Soon after he shaved 0.006s off Fraga?s then fastest time to go fastest, but that was soon beaten as rivals picked up slipstreams for their final laps.

Colapinto and Fraga quickly bumped Lawson down to third, before Kohlbecker found improvements on his final lap of the session to go third.

Tijmen van der Helm, another Kiwi Motorsport driver and the free practice pacesetter, was fifth quickest ahead of MTEC Motorsport by R-ace GP’s Collet and Giles Motorsport’s Saucy.

Kenny Smith will start his first race in regional Formula 3 from last on the grid, but the 78-year-old was only 1.433s off the pace.


Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Franco Colapinto Kiwi Motorsport 1m03.185s
2 Igor Fraga M2 Compeition +0.152s
3 Spike Kohlbecker Kiwi Motorsport +0.186s
4 Liam Lawson M2 Competition +0.200s
5 Tijmen van der Helm Kiwi Motorsport +0.228s
6 Caio Collet MTEC by R-ace GP +0.251s
7 Gregoire Saucy Giles Motorsport +0.286s
8 Lucas Petersson MTEC by R-ace GP +0.321s
9 Petr Ptacek MTEC by R-ace GP +0.331s
10 Jackson Walls MTEC by R-ace GP +0.444s
11 Yuki Tsunoda M2 Competition +0.454s
12 Oliver Rasmussen MTEC by R-ace GP +0.469s
13 Ido Cohen M2 Competition +0.495s
14 Emilien Denner M2 Competition +0.514s
15 Henning Enqvist Giles Motorsport +0.588s
16 Lirim Zendeli Giles Motorsport +0.660s
17 Axel Gnos Kiwi Motorsport +0.732s
18 Rui Andrade M2 Competition +0.789s
19 Kenny Smith Giles Motorsport +1.433s