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Collet edges Lawson in first Friday practice for TRS opener

by Ida Wood

Photo: John Cowpland / Toyota Gazoo Racing NZ

Renault junior Caio Collet started the 2020 Toyota Racing Series season with the fastest time in the first free practice session at Highlands Motorsport Park.

The MTEC Motorsport by R-ace GP driver moved into first place midway through the session with a 1m28.727s lap, and while constantly lapping at a similar pace that only one or two others could match, he did not improve on his best time.

Early pacesetter Liam Lawson ended up in second for M2 Competition, having set the pace alongside fellow Red Bull junior and team-mate Yuki Tsunoda early on.

They were shuffled down the order, with Kiwi Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto occupying second place until the final minute, when Lawson improved to moved back into second place and become the only driver other than Collet to laps in the 1m28s.

Giles Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli looked fast, but struggled to hook a quick lap together until the final few minutes, and he ended up 0.300s back in third place.

Fernando Alonso protege Colapinto was sandwiched into fifth by two drivers who improved after the chequered flag was waved; M2’s Igor Fraga in fourth and Giles’ Gregoire Saucy in sixth.

MTEC trio Petr Ptacek, Oliver Rasmussen and Jackson Walls were all within a second of the pace in seventh, eighth and ninth, with single-seater debutant Emilien Denner not far behind in 10th.

The M2 driver had been as high as seventh, but the flurry of late improvements pushed the karting graduate back down the timesheet.


Free practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Caio Collet MTEC by R-ace GP 1m28.727s
2 Liam Lawson M2 Competition +0.114s
3 Lirim Zendeli Giles Motorsport +0.300s
4 Igor Fraga M2 Competition +0.437s
5 Franco Colapinto Kiwi Motorsport +0.461s
6 Gregoire Saucy Giles Motorsport +0.537s
7 Petr Ptacek MTEC by R-ace GP +0.685s
8 Oliver Rasmussen MTEC by R-ace GP +0.729s
9 Jackson Walls MTEC by R-ace GP +0.878s
10 Emilien Denner M2 Competition +1.158s
11 Yuki Tsunoda M2 Competition +1.219s
12 Henning Enqvist Giles Motorsport +1.351s
13 Jose Blanco-Chock Kiwi Motorsport +1.461s
14 Ido Cohen M2 Competition +1.789s
15 Amaury Cordeel Kiwi Motorsport +1.861s
16 Rui Andrade M2 Competition +2.249s
17 Lucas Petersson MTEC Motorsport +2.387s
18 Spike Kohlbecker Kiwi Motorsport +2.726s
19 Axel Gnos Kiwi Motorsport +2.828s
20 Chelsea Herbert Giles Motorsport +4.240s