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Hedge pips Foster to FRegional Oceania pole, Wurz qualifies fifth

by Ida Wood

Photo: TGR NZ

Callum Hedge pipped Louis Foster to pole for the first Formula Regional Oceania race of the weekend at Taupo.

Pole puts Hedge in a good position in terms of the title fight as his main rival Charlie Wurz was only able to qualify fifth.

Laurens van Hoepen was fastest after the first flying laps had been set, then Foster went fastest by just 0.086 seconds over Kaleb Ngatoa.

Foster’s next lap put him 0.3s clear of van Hoepen, but Wurz then cut the gap to pole down to 0.05s with his fourth lap.

Hedge also got his tyres in the sweet spot for lap four of his qualifying run, and he moved into provisional pole position by 0.006s.

But when Foster crossed the line he returned to first place, by a slim 0.065s.

Both he and Hedge were able to improve further, with the gap decreasing to 0.061s, while Chloe Chambers and then van Hoepen had an off.

M2 Competition had “tried something” on van Hoepen’s car “which didn’t work, which I think compromised the whole run”, revealed the Dutchman.

It involved braking later and having different gearing for the corner of his off, and it only resulted in his car then swalling a lot of dirt from the run-off.

While it removed him from pole contention, he at least had more luck than Kiwi Motorsport’s James Penrose who was unable to set even a single timed lap due to gear selection problems. His team spent most of qualifying working at the rear of his car on the issue.

Going into the final minutes of qualifying, Hedge came to the fore as he set a 1m24.476s lap to go 0.078s ahead of Foster.

A final-lap improvement from Foster wasn’t enough, as he was 0.021s slower than Hedge who credited “some pretty significant changes to the car” since practice for being able to qualify at the front.

Van Hoepen found no further pace and qualified third, while an improvement at the very end from Liam Sceats put him fourth and knocked points leader Wurz down to fifth.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Callum Hedge M2 Competition 1m24.476s 9
2 Louis Foster Giles Motorsport 1m24.497s +0.021s 9
3 Laurens van Hoepen M2 Competition 1m24.686s +0.210s 9
4 Liam Sceats M2 Competition 1m24.908s +0.432s 9
5 Charlie Wuz M2 Competition 1m24.931s +0.455s 9
6 Kaleb Ngatoa Giles Motorsport 1m24.983s +0.507s 9
7 David Morales M2 Competition 1m25.170s +0.694s 9
8 Jacob Abel Kiwi Motorsport 1m25.294s +0.818s 8
9 Josh Mason Kiwi Motorsport 1m25.330s +0.854s 8
10 Chloe Chambers Giles Motorsport 1m25.564s +1.088s 8
11 Ryder Quinn M2 Competition 1m25.621s +1.145s 9
12 Ryan Shehan Giles Motorsport 1m25.649s +1.173s 9
13 Adam Fitzgerald Giles Motorsport 1m25.661s +1.185s 9
14 Tom McLennan Kiwi Motorsport 1m26.114s +1.638s 8
15 Lucas Fecury Kiwi Motorsport 1m26.225s +1.749s 8
16 Bree Morris Giles Motorsport 1m26.899s +2.423s 9
17 James Penrose Kiwi Motorsport no time 0