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James Munro and Martin Rump secure poles at Timaru

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Toyota Racing Series

Photo: Toyota Racing Series

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.

Qualifying one
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
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
Qualifying two
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
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