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Orudzhev surges to victory in second Highlands race

by Peter Allen
Egor Orudzhev

Photo: Toyota Racing NZ

Egor Orudzhev went from fourth to first on the first lap of the second Toyota Racing Series race at Highlands to claim his third win of the campaign.

The Russian led compatriot and front row starter Matevos Isaakyan in the early stages, and would hold onto first place through multiple yellow flag and safety car periods on a wet circuit.

Behind him, the running order changed frequently during the race. James Munro sat third early on ahead of pole-sitter Gustavo Lima, before getting past Isaakyan for second. Lima went on to reclaim second place, only to slip behind Damon Leitch before the finish.

Munro fell to sixth on the final lap, behind Andrew Tang and Levin Amweg. Isaakyan meanwhile failed to complete the final lap.

Robin Hansson finished seventh ahead of Jann Mardenborough, who made early progress into the top ten after starting 16th but found himself falling behind Tang, Amweg and Hansson later on. Matt Rao took ninth, with Martin Rump recovering to tenth and keeping his points lead ahead of Orudzhev. The Estonian had fallen to 14th as he fought over Ryan Tveter for fifth, with the American driver retiring.

Steijn Schothorst‘s difficult campaign continued. He made early progress from 17th on the grid but retired on lap three.

UPDATE: Gustavo Lima has been demoted from P3 to P14 due to a 50-second post-race penalty.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Egor Orudzhev M2 Competition 15 laps in 29:36.141
2 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing +0.970
3 Andrew Tang Neale Motorsport +2.800
4 Levin Amweg M2 Competition +3.226
5 James Munro Neale Motorsport +3.837
6 Robin Hansson Victory Motor Racing +5.021
7 Jann Mardenborough Giles Motorsport +5.141
8 Matt Rao Giles Motorsport +6.371
9 Martin Rump Giles Motorsport +8.009
10 Matteo Ferrer Giles Motorsport +8.413
11 Jordan Oon ETEC Motorsport +9.335
12 Michael Scott Victory Motor Racing +10.473
13 Denis Korneev ETEC Motorsport +11.349
14 Gustavo Lima M2 Competition +52.528*
15 Alif Hamdan Giles Motorsport +59.725*
Not classified
Matevos Isaakyan ETEC Motorsport +1 lap
Macauley Jones M2 Competition +4 laps
Neil Alberico Victory Motor Racing +4 laps
Ryan Tveter Giles Motorsport +7 laps
Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing +9 laps
Martin Kodric ETEC Motorsport +10 laps
Steijn Schothorst M2 Competition +13 laps

?* 50-second post-race penalty