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Liam Lawson fastest on first day of 2020 Toyota Racing Series running

by Peter Allen

Photo: John Cowpland /Toyota Gazoo Racing NZ

Toyota Racing Series champion Liam Lawson set the pace on the opening day of running at Highlands Motorsport Park ahead of the 2020 Toyota Racing Series.

Lawson’s benchmark time came in the first of two 20-minute sessions on Thursday morning, usually reserved for series newcomers but on this occasion providing the drivers with their first taste of the new FT-60 cars.

With the 20-car field split into two for those initial sessions, M2 Competition’s Lawson posted a 1m28.938s to top the first group.

Gregoire Saucy was second in that session and overall for Giles Motorsport, 0.34 seconds behind, with Igor Fraga third for M2, while Caio Collet topped the second group with the fourth best time of the morning.

Two further 40-minute sessions were run for all drivers later on, with Lirim Zendeli topping the first for Giles with a best lap of 1m30.100s, 0.127s in front of Fraga.

Lawson bettered that to lead the final session with a time of 1m29.441s, with Fraga again second best, 0.459s adrift.

MTEC Motorsport entry Collet ended the day fourth fastest ahead of Zendeli and Yuki Tsunoda, who just edged out a strong morning effort from Oliver Rasmussen to go sixth.

Spanish Formula 4 champion Franco Colapinto was eighth with TRS returnees Petr Ptacek and Jackson Walls completing the top 10.


Combined Thursday times
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Liam Lawson M2 Competition 1m28.938s
2 Gregoire Saucy Giles Motorsport 1m29.278s +0.340s
3 Igor Fraga M2 Competition 1m29.659s +0.711s
4 Caio Collet MTEC Motorsport 1m30.020s +1.082s
5 Lirim Zendeli Giles Motorsport 1m30.100s +1.162s
6 Yuki Tsunoda M2 Competition 1m30.110s +1.262s
7 Oliver Rasmussen MTEC Motorsport 1m30.120s +1.182s
8 Franco Colapinto Kiwi Motorsport 1m30.745s +1.807s
9 Petr Ptacek MTEC Motorsport 1m30.790s +1.852s
10 Jackson Walls MTEC Motorsport 1m30.850s +1.912s
11 Igor Cohen M2 Competition 1m31.217s +2.279s
12 Rui Andrade M2 Competition 1m31.467s +2.529s
13 Emilien Denner M2 Competition 1m31.539s +2.601s
14 Henning Enqvist Giles Motorsport 1m31.653s +2.715s
15 Jose Blanco Kiwi Motorsport 1m31.815s +2.877s
16 Spike Kohlbecker Kiwi Motorsport 1m32.265s +3.327s
17 Amaury Cordeel Kiwi Motorsport 1m32.341s +3.403s
18 Lucas Petersson MTEC Motorsport 1m32.655s +3.717s
19 Axel Gnos Kiwi Motorsport 1m32.698s +3.760s
20 Chelsea Herbert Giles Motorsport 1m35.053s +6.115s