The Toyota Racing Series qualifying at Timaru turned out to be a fruitful one for the championship’s rookies, with James Munro and Martin Rump topping a qualifying session each.
Neale’s Munro was the pacesetter in qualifying one, which was affected by two red flag periods. The Kiwi led coming into both and, as the session was called for good after the second stoppage, he picked up his first TRS pole.
Steijn Schothorst snuck into second before the premature end to the session, while early pacesetter Egor Orudzhev had to settle for third.
Damon Leitch took fourth, leading Macauley Jones and Neil Alberico. Matteo Ferrer, Levin Amweg, Andrew Tang and Martin Kodric rounded out the top ten. Meanwhile, championship leader Rump and Jann Mardenborough were among those whose chances at fighting for good positions were dashed by the second red flag.
There was more running under green in session two, although it was also affected by two stoppages. Neale teammates Munro and Tang were the ones setting the pace, with the Singaporean looking set to wrap up pole in the closing minutes.
However, with one minute remaining on the clock, it was Rump who put in a surprise flying lap to go two tenths clear on the top. Almost immediately after that, the session wound up red-flagged and the Estonian secured pole.
With Tang and Munro in second and third respectively, fourth place went to Jones. His teammate Schothorst picked up fifth, ahead of fellow sophomore Mardenborough and Ferrer, while Orudzhev, Ryan Tveter and Damon Leitch made up the remainder of the top ten.
|1||James Munro||Neale Motorsport||58.065|
|2||Steijn Schothorst||M2 Competition||58.208||0.143|
|3||Egor Orudzhev||M2 Competition||58.214||0.149|
|4||Damon Leitch||Victory Motor Racing||58.242||0.177|
|5||Macauley Jones||M2 Competition||58.385||0.320|
|6||Neil Alberico||Victory Motor Racing||58.493||0.428|
|7||Matteo Ferrer||Giles Motorsport||58.499||0.434|
|8||Levin Amweg||M2 Competition||58.507||0.442|
|9||Andrew Tang||Neale Motorsport||58.535||0.470|
|10||Martin Kodric||ETEC Motorsport||58.551||0.486|
|11||Ryan Tveter||Giles Motorsport||58.567||0.502|
|12||Michael Scott||Victory Motor Racing||58.572||0.507|
|13||Pedro Piquet||M2 Competition||58.748||0.683|
|14||Robin Hansson||Victory Motor Racing||58.763||0.698|
|15||Denis Korneev||ETEC Motorsport||58.773||0.708|
|16||Brendon Leitch||Victory Motor Racing||58.793||0.728|
|17||Jann Mardenborough||Giles Motorsport||58.821||0.756|
|18||Matt Rao||Giles Motorsport||58.903||0.838|
|19||Martin Rump||Giles Motorsport||58.952||0.887|
|20||Gustavo Lima||M2 Competition||59.023||0.958|
|21||Matevos Isaakyan||ETEC Motorsport||59.321||1.256|
|22||Jordan Oon||ETEC Motorsport||59.527||1.462|
|23||Alif Hamdan||Giles Motorsport||1:01.379||3.314|
|1||Martin Rump||Giles Motorsport||57.277|
|2||Andrew Tang||Neale Motorsport||57.458||0.181|
|3||James Munro||Neale Motorsport||57.476||0.199|
|4||Macauley Jones||M2 Competition||57.614||0.337|
|5||Steijn Schothorst||M2 Competition||57.667||0.390|
|6||Jann Mardenborough||Giles Motorsport||57.740||0.463|
|7||Matteo Ferrer||Giles Motorsport||57.770||0.493|
|8||Egor Orudzhev||M2 Competition||57.809||0.532|
|9||Ryan Tveter||Giles Motorsport||57.814||0.537|
|10||Damon Leitch||Victory Motor Racing||57.840||0.563|
|11||Pedro Piquet||M2 Competition||57.899||0.622|
|12||Michael Scott||Victory Motor Racing||58.027||0.750|
|13||Denis Korneev||ETEC Motorsport||58.111||0.834|
|14||Martin Kodric||ETEC Motorsport||58.112||0.835|
|15||Neil Alberico||Victory Motor Racing||58.175||0.898|
|16||Robin Hansson||Victory Motor Racing||58.194||0.917|
|17||Brendon Leitch||Victory Motor Racing||58.226||0.949|
|18||Gustavo Lima||M2 Competition||58.322||1.045|
|19||Matt Rao||Giles Motorsport||58.327||1.050|
|20||Alif Hamdan||Giles Motorsport||58.497||1.220|
|21||Jordan Oon||ETEC Motorsport||58.518||1.241|
|Matevos Isaakyan||ETEC Motorsport||No Time|
|Levin Amweg||M2 Competition||No Time|