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Maisano triumphs in shortened second race at Ruapuna Park

by Gruz David
Brandon Maisano

Photo: Toyota Racing NZ

M2 Competition’s Brandon Maisano took the victory in the second race of the opening Toyota Racing Series weekend at Ruapuna Park.

Starting from second, the French driver snuck past pole-sitter Ferdinand Habsburg at the start and controlled the race with a lead of two seconds.

Habsburg kept his second place up until a safety car period which was triggered by Artem Markelov retiring in a crash. At the restart the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC graduate had to succumb to Irish driver?Charlie Eastwood.

Another accident among several cars including?Brendon Leitch?and?Dzhon Simonyan brought out the red flag, and with two laps to go, the race finished prematurely. The results were taken from the end of the 12th lap.

Race one winner Lance Stroll finished fourth, followed by American Santino Ferrucci. Mathias Kristensen would have been sixth, but a ten-second time penalty for a false start dropped him to 13th.

Promoted at his expense to complete the top ten were Arjun Maini,?Alfonso Celis,?Sam MacLeod, Damon Leitch and James Munro.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Brandon Maisano M2 Competition 12 laps in 20:01.109
2 Charlie Eastwood M2 Competition +0.587
3 Ferdinand Habsburg Victory Motor Racing +1.082
4 Lance Stroll M2 Competition +1.744
5 Santino Ferrucci Giles Motorsport +2.309
6 Arjun Maini M2 Competition +3.815
7 Alfonso Celis Giles Motorsport +4.676
8 Sam MacLeod Giles Motorsport +5.409
9 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing +5.887
10 James Munro Giles Motorsport +6.165
11 Jamie Conroy M2 Competition +7.384
12 Matteo Ferrer ETEC Motorsport +8.481
13 Mathias Kristensen M2 Competition +13.109*
14 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing +1 lap
15 Dzhon Simonyan Giles Motorsport +1 lap
16 Nikita Mazepin ETEC Motorsport +2 laps
17 Thomas Randle ETEC Motorsport +2 laps
Not classified
Stefan Riener Victory Motor Racing +5 laps
Artem Markelov Giles Motorsport +5 laps
Callum Ilott ETEC Motorsport +6 laps

*Ten-second penalty for false start