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Fraga wins duel with Lawson for TRS pole at Hampton Downs

by Ida Wood

Photo: Toyota Racing NZ

M2 Competition team-mates Igor Fraga and Liam Lawson battled it out for race three pole in the second Toyota Racing Series qualifying session at Hampton Downs.

It was Kiwi Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto who led the way early on, but Fraga and Lawson quickly assumed the top two positions and started swapping them.

Lawson took provisional pole just before the session ended, but Fraga bettered his time. Both had set their laps just before the chequered flag, meaning they had an extra attempt each.

Another improvement from Lawson put him back into first place, but Fraga went even quicker by 0.021 seconds.

Giles Motorsport’s Gregoire Saucy and MTEC Motorsport by R-ace GP’s Petr Ptacek, who took race one pole, qualified third and fourth and were the only other two drivers to lap under 1m01s.

Colapinto ended up being shuffled down to eighth, behind Caio Collet (MTEC), Yuki Tsunoda (M2) and Jackson Walls (MTEC).

Another driver to set impressive laps early on was Colapinto’s team-mate Axel Gnos, but the Swiss driver finished the session as the slowest driver, just 0.939s off pole.


Qualifying results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Igor Fraga M2 Competition 1m00.696s
2 Liam Lawson M2 Competition +0.021s
3 Gregoire Saucy Giles Motorsport +0.127s
4 Petr Ptacek MTEC by R-ace GP +0.188s
5 Caio Collet MTEC by R-ace GP +0.302s
6 Yuki Tsunoda M2 Competition +0.335s
7 Jackson Walls MTEC by R-ace GP +0.362s
8 Franco Colapinto Kiwi Motorsport +0.363s
9 Oliver Rasmussen MTEC by R-ace GP +0.377s
10 Lirim Zendeli Giles Motorsport +0.390s
11 Emilien Denner M2 Competition +0.571s
12 Spike Kohlbecker Kiwi Motorsport +0.602s
13 Rui Andrade M2 Competition +0.615s
14 Lucas Petersson MTEC by R-ace GP +0.624s
15 Henning Enqvist Giles Motorsport +0.679s
16 Tijmen van der Helm Kiwi Motorsport +0.715s
17 Ido Cohen M2 Competition +0.734s
18 Axel Gnos Kiwi Motorsport +0.939s