Clement Novalak bounced back after a penalty in race two to take his first single-seater win in the final race of the Toyota Racing Series round at Teretonga.
After jumping the race two start, Novalak this time made the perfect launch to get ahead of pole sitter Marcus Armstrong on the opening lap.
A series of fastest laps put him out of reach of the rest of the field and, in only his second weekend racing single-seaters, he took the chequered flag nearly a second ahead of his former karting team-mate Armstrong.
Armstrong?s second place ? his third podium of the weekend ? extends his lead at the top of the championship to more than 20 points ahead of Robert Shwartzman.
Behind Armstrong on track, Richard Verschoor found a way past Shwartzman on the opening lap. Throughout the race, the gaps between the trio swung back and forth, with no driver able to mount a serious challenge on another.
In the closing stages of the race Verschoor was on Armstrong?s tail, but didn?t make a move and finished half a second behind the championship leader.
Shwartzman finished fourth, ahead of local driver Brendon Leitch, who managed to stay with the leading pack throughout the race.
James Pull and Juan Manuel Correa took sixth and seventh.
The closest battle of the race took place at the back end of the top 10, where Cameron Das, Reid Harker, and Calvin Ming battled for position. After swapping places a number of times, Das came out on top, finishing eighth ahead of Ming and Harker.