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MacLeod ends final TRS practice day on top

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Toyota Racing Series

Photo: Toyota Racing Series

Giles Motorsport’s Sam MacLeod, who occupies fifth in the Toyota Racing Series standings, emerged as the pacesetter in Friday practice for the final round of the championship at Manfeild.

MacLeod vaulted to the top of the timesheets in the closing seconds of the final session, becoming the only driver to dip below 1:02s.

In session one, championship contender Arjun Maini held the lead halfway through, before being demoted by fellow challenger Brandon Maisano.

The Indian then got within a hundredth of a second of Maisano’s time before securing the top spot with five minutes to go, leaving the Frenchman in second place.

MacLeod was third, while Thursday’s quickest man Santino Ferrucci moved up to fourth late in the session.

Matteo Ferrer was the top ETEC driver in fifth ahead of Charlie Eastwood and James Munro. Victory’s Stefan Riener picked up eighth, leading championship leader Lance Stroll and Sergio Sette Camara.

Maisano took the reigns early on in the second practice and, while Eastwood briefly overtook him at halfway point, the Frenchman improved to take first back. He then went even quicker, beating Maini’s time from session one.

Jamie Conroy went off in the gravel at Pepsi corner with a minute to go, bringing out the session-ending red flag.

Thomas Randle ended up second, three tenths behind Maisano and narrowly ahead of Eastwood. Stroll moved up to fourth, with Ferrer again finishing fifth.

MacLeod was sixth, just thousandths ahead of newly-appointed Red Bull Junior Callum Ilott. The top ten was completed by Maini, Sette Camara and Artem Markelov.

The first minutes of the final session were led by Giles teammates Ferrucci and Munro, but, at halfway point, the everpresent Maisano was back to the lead.

Ilott moved up to first in the final minutes and then Randle brought out the red flag, going off in the very same Pepsi turn.

But the session did restart, allowing Maisano to beat his earlier best time of the day with a late effort. However, under the checkered flag, MacLeod went one better, moving out of the 1:02s.

The Giles driver ended up leading Maisano and Maini, with Sette Camara and Ilott completing the top five.

Mathias Kristensen picked up sixth, narrowly ahead of Ferrer, with Ferrucci, Munro and Randle making up the rest of the top ten.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team S1 S2 S3
1 Sam MacLeod Giles Motorsport 1:02.532 1:02.925 1:01.990
2 Brandon Maisano M2 Competition 1:02.310 1:02.225 1:02.136
3 Arjun Maini M2 Competition 1:02.267 1:03.077 1:02.194
4 Sergio Sette Camara Giles Motorsport 1:02.884 1:03.112 1:02.258
5 Callum Ilott ETEC Motorsport 1:03.035 1:02.934 1:02.287
6 Mathias Kristensen M2 Competition 1:02.898 1:03.255 1:02.387
7 Matteo Ferrer ETEC Motorsport 1:02.674 1:02.879 1:02.390
8 Santino Ferrucci Giles Motorsport 1:02.616 1:03.336 1:02.486
9 James Munro Giles Motorsport 1:02.726 1:03.283 1:02.498
10 Thomas Randle ETEC Motorsport 1:03.049 1:02.550 1:02.580
11 Charlie Eastwood M2 Competition 1:02.683 1:02.585 1:03.168
12 Artem Markelov Giles Motorsport 1:03.418 1:03.123 1:02.610
13 Lance Stroll M2 Competition 1:02.848 1:02.641 1:02.859
14 Ferdinand Habsburg Victory Motor Racing 1:02.902 1:03.536 1:02.669
15 Alfonso Celis Giles Motorsport 1:02.995 1:03.192 1:02.684
16 Stefan Riener Victory Motor Racing 1:02.825 1:03.256 1:02.729
17 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 1:03.539 1:03.375 1:02.796
18 Nikita Mazepin ETEC Motorsport 1:03.455 1:03.336 1:02.911
19 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 1:03.421 1:04.350 1:03.057
20 Jamie Conroy M2 Competition 1:03.858 1:04.177 1:03.084

Personal best time in bold
Best time of session in italics