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Ptacek ends Toyota Racing Series Hampton Downs practice ahead

by Ida Wood

Photo: Toyota Racing NZ

MTEC Motorsport by R-ace GP’s Petr Ptacek was the fastest driver over the second and third Toyota Racing Series free practice sessions at Hampton Downs.

The Czech driver set his benchmark time with minutes to go in FP3, putting him just 0.006 seconds ahead of M2 Competition’s Igor Fraga.

Just another 0.012s behind was FP1 pacesetter Franco Colapinto, and Jackson Walls was also within a tenth of Pracek.

Caio Collet pipped Lirim Zendeli, who topped FP2 for Giles Motorsport, to sixth by 0.001s, while Yuki Tsunoda and Spike Kohlbecker were not far behind in eighth and ninth.

Series debutant followed up second place in FP1 with the 12th fastest time in the remaining two sessions, which once again put him ahead of points leader Liam Lawson.

Behind Lawson were his M2 team-mates Ido Cohen and Rui Andrade, the latter who got involved in an FP1 incident that led to Axel Gnos rolling. Gnos never got on the pace after that, while Henning Enqvist was even slower as he failed to enter FP3.


Free practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Petr Ptacek MTEC by R-ace GP 1m01.087s
2 Igor Fraga M2 Competition +0.006s
3 Franco Colapinto Kiwi Motorsport +0.018s
4 Jackson Walls MTEC by R-ace GP +0.056s
5 Caio Collet MTEC by R-ace GP +0.123s
6 Lirim Zendeli Giles Motorsport +0.124s
7 Yuki Tsunoda M2 Competition +0.153s
8 Spike Kohlbecker Kiwi Motorsport +0.170s
9 Gregoire Saucy Giles Motorsport +0.228s
10 Oliver Rasmussen MTEC by R-ace GP +0.357s
11 Emilien Denner M2 Competition +0.440s
12 Tijmen van der Helm Kiwi Motorsport +0.455s
13 Lucas Petersson MTEC by R-ace GP +0.549s
14 Liam Lawson M2 Competition +0.558s
15 Ido Cohen M2 Competition +0.616s
16 Rui Andrade M2 Competition +0.718s
17 Axel Gnos Kiwi Motorsport +0.765s
18 Henning Enqvist Giles Motorsport +1.514s