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Matteo Ferrer and Brendon Leitch claim shock Teretonga poles

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Toyota Racing Series

Photo: Toyota Racing Series

The pole positions for the second round of the 2015 Toyota Racing Series season at Teretonga went to Matteo Ferrer and Brendon Leitch, who sit 15th and 16th in the standings respectively.

Ferrer’s top time in the first session marked ETEC Motorsport’s first qualifying pole in the series since 2012. But Leitch secured an even bigger milestone for Victory Motor Racing, whose drivers had not taken pole in qualifying since the 2011 season.

Giles Motorsport’s Alfonso Celis took the early lead in the opening session, but was deposed by Leitch before the halfway point. Rushing to take the spot back, the Mexican went off into the tyre wall, suspending the session and ending his qualifying.

Friday pacesetter Santino Ferrucci managed to immediately go quickest after the restart. However, in the ensuing hectic fight for the top spots, it was Ferrer who prevailed, leading second-placed Brandon Maisano by 0.08s.

Arjun Maini was third, ahead of Giles drivers Ferrucci and James Munro. M2’s Charlie Eastwood took sixth, leading Victory’s quickest driver Stefan Riener, championship leader Lance Stroll and Sam MacLeod. Leitch, who led at the red flag, ended up all the way down in tenth.

Just as on Friday, Ferrucci was again the first driver to go below 53s, doing so in the second session. However, at the ten-minute mark, Leitch stormed past him. Just then, Munro rolled, bringing out another red flag that would call an end to the session.

With Ferrucci settling for second, Stroll edged out MacLeod by 0.002s to claim third. Maini continued to figure out front with fifth, leading Riener and Eastwood.

Despite his off, Munro was classified in eighth, with Maisano and Thomas Randle completing the top ten.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Team Time Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Matteo Ferrer ETEC Motorsport 53.099 1 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 52.873
2 Brandon Maisano M2 Competition 53.179 2 Santino Ferrucci Giles Motorsport 52.897
3 Arjun Maini M2 Competition 53.203 3 Lance Stroll M2 Competition 52.941
4 Santino Ferrucci Giles Motorsport 53.258 4 Sam MacLeod Giles Motorsport 52.943
5 James Munro Giles Motorsport 53.304 5 Arjun Maini M2 Competition 53.021
6 Charlie Eastwood M2 Competition 53.335 6 Stefan Riener Victory Motor Racing 53.039
7 Stefan Riener Victory Motor Racing 53.353 7 Charlie Eastwood M2 Competition 53.052
8 Lance Stroll M2 Competition 53.373 8 James Munro Giles Motorsport 53.068
9 Sam MacLeod Giles Motorsport 53.403 9 Brandon Maisano M2 Competition 53.104
10 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 53.434 10 Thomas Randle ETEC Motorsport 53.138
11 Alfonso Celis Giles Motorsport 53.437 11 Artem Markelov Giles Motorsport 53.158
12 Thomas Randle ETEC Motorsport 53.464 12 Matteo Ferrer ETEC Motorsport 53.241
13 Jamie Conroy M2 Competition 53.554 13 Jamie Conroy M2 Competition 53.304
14 Callum Ilott ETEC Motorsport 53.628 14 Callum Ilott ETEC Motorsport 53.325
15 Artem Markelov Giles Motorsport 53.661 15 Mathias Kristensen M2 Competition 53.345
16 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 53.684 16 Dzhon Simonyan Giles Motorsport 53.445
17 Dzhon Simonyan Giles Motorsport 53.703 17 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 53.502
18 Mathias Kristensen M2 Competition 53.731 18 Ferdinand Habsburg Victory Motor Racing 53.586
19 Ferdinand Habsburg Victory Motor Racing 53.864 19 Nikita Mazepin ETEC Motorsport 53.673
20 Nikita Mazepin ETEC Motorsport 54.020 20 Alfonso Celis Giles Motorsport