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Ilott quickest on Friday at Taupo, Sette Camara tops debut session

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Toyota Racing Series

Photo: Toyota Racing Series

British karting graduate Callum Ilott clocked in the fastest lap of Friday practice for penultimate Toyota Racing Series round at Taupo.

However, in the opening session, it was Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara who ran the show, setting the benchmark in his debut session in the series.

Camara, a graduate of the F3 Brasil series, took over the #7 car of Dzhon Simonyan and managed to make an instant impact, topping the first practice.

Ilott, who is touted as a prospective Red Bull junior, produced a sign of things to come by taking third in the morning session, just 0.02s behind squadmate Thomas Randle.

Santino Ferrucci took fourth, leading Arjun Maini, with Artem Markelov figuring as the final driver in the 1:24s.

Stefan Riener was seventh, ahead of Brandon Maisano, who narrowly cleared Scotsman Sam MacLeod. TRS veteran Damon Leitch was the top Kiwi in tenth.

Session two was rather eventful as it was interrupted by two red flag periods. Victory’s Ferdinand Habsburg led at eight minutes when Maini went into the tyre wall, while an off for Sette Camara suspended the session at halfway point, with Ferrucci in the lead.

Eventually, Markelov emerged at the top, narrowly beating the time from the opening session and being the only one to do so. His teammate Alfonso Celis was second, with Randle narrowly leading MacLeod and Ferrucci in third.

Habsburg ended up sixth ahead of championship leader Lance Stroll and top local James Munro, with Ilott and Maisano making up the top ten.

The times finally started tumbling down in the final practice and Ilott became the first driver to dip below 1:24s after ten minutes. Maisano then briefly led at the halfway point, but the top spot ended up with Ilott.

It was a comfortable lead for the Briton, too, who managed to one-up the Frenchman by more than 0.25s. Munro picked up third, leading teammates Ferrucci and MacLeod.

Habsburg was sixth again, while Mathias Kristensen, who was slowest of the day heading into the final session, rebounded with a solid seventh right ahead of Markelov. M2’s Charlie Eastwood beat teammate Stroll to ninth.

Combined session results
Pos. Driver Team S1 S2 S3
1 Callum Ilott ETEC Motorsport 1:24.602 1:24.790 1:23.250
2 Brandon Maisano M2 Competition 1:25.081 1:24.811 1:23.505
3 James Munro Giles Motorsport 1:25.303 1:24.777 1:23.667
4 Santino Ferrucci Giles Motorsport 1:24.806 1:24.543 1:23.688
5 Sam MacLeod Giles Motorsport 1:25.088 1:24.524 1:23.724
6 Ferdinand Habsburg Victory Motor Racing 1:25.304 1:24.672 1:23.786
7 Mathias Kristensen M2 Competition 1:25.665 1:25.330 1:23.803
8 Artem Markelov Giles Motorsport 1:24.991 1:24.219 1:23.817
9 Charlie Eastwood M2 Competition 1:25.218 1:24.985 1:23.869
10 Lance Stroll M2 Competition 1:25.247 1:24.752 1:23.927
11 Sergio Sette Camara Giles Motorsport 1:24.319 1:25.502 1:24.001
12 Matteo Ferrer ETEC Motorsport 1:25.222 1:25.105 1:24.055
13 Thomas Randle ETEC Motorsport 1:24.581 1:24.519 1:24.077
14 Stefan Riener Victory Motor Racing 1:25.034 1:24.883 1:24.235
15 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 1:25.158 1:25.844 1:24.237
16 Nikita Mazepin ETEC Motorsport 1:25.821 1:24.918 1:24.413
17 Alfonso Celis Giles Motorsport 1:25.542 1:24.442 No Time
18 Jamie Conroy M2 Competition 1:26.458 1:25.151 1:24.443
19 Arjun Maini M2 Competition 1:24.886 1:24.840 No Time
20 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 1:25.827 1:25.151 1:26.525

Personal best time in bold
Best time of session in italics