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Liam Lawson claims pole for TRS NZ Motor Cup race at Pukekohe

by Peter Allen

Photo: Bruce Jenkins/TGRNZ

Liam Lawson again edged his Toyota Racing Series rival Igor Fraga in the second qualifying session at Pukekohe, taking pole for the New Zealand Motor Cup race.

The two M2 Competition drivers traded top spot before Lawson took control of the session as he became the first driver to go underneath the one-minute mark this weekend.

He set a lap of 59.763s on his eighth of 12 laps that would go unbeaten.

Fraga, who has a nine-point margin over Lawson at the top of the standings, continually improved his time but ended up 0.095 seconds short.

Gregoire Saucy took third place away from Franco Colapinto in the closing minutes, only for Kiwi Motorsport driver Colapinto to grab it back again by 0.003s with his final effort.

Lirim Zendeli rebounded from a difficult Saturday to take fifth behind Giles Motorsport team-mate Saucy.

Lucas Petersson ran as high as fourth late on but ended up seventh between his MTEC Motorsport team-mates Petr Ptacek and Jackson Walls.

Another of the team’s drivers Oliver Rasmussen was ninth with Ido Cohen rounding out the top 10 for M2.

Renault protege Caio Collet was the slowest of the MTEC drivers in 11th as he tries to recover from crashing heavily on both Friday and Saturday.

Red Bull junior Yuki Tsunoda – second in race one – struggled even more, pushed back to 16th place after failing to improve near the end, although he was only just over six tenths away from his team-mate Lawson’s time.


Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Liam Lawson M2 Competition 59.763s
2 Igor Fraga M2 Competition +0.095s
3 Franco Colapinto Kiwi Motorsport +0.249s
4 Gregiore Saucy Giles Motorsport +0.252s
5 Lirim Zendeli Giles Motorsport +0.299s
6 Petr Ptacek MTEC Motorsport +0.314s
7 Lucas Petersson MTEC Motorsport +0.370s
8 Jackson Walls MTEC Motorsport +0.455s
9 Oliver Rasmussen MTEC Motorsport +0.471s
10 Ido Cohen M2 Competition +0.525s
11 Caio Collet MTEC Motorsport +0.530s
12 Tijmen van der Helm Kiwi Motorsport +0.559s
13 Rui Andrade M2 Competition +0.566s
14 Emilien Denner M2 Competition +0.612s
15 Spike Kohlbecker Kiwi Motorsport +0.636s
16 Yuki Tsunoda M2 Competition +0.653s
17 Axel Gnos Kiwi Motorsport +0.802s
18 Henning Enqvist Giles Motorsport +1.236s