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Rump rebounds with race three win at Hampton Downs

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Toyota Racing Series

Photo: Toyota Racing Series

Following two tough opening races of the penultimate round of the Toyota Racing Series season at Hampton Downs, Martin Rump has bounced back with a win in the final race of the weekend.

Rump will be taking home the NZ Motor Cup trophy after a stellar drive from pole position. The Estonian kept the lead following the sole safety car period of the race and maintained a consistent gap over nearest rival Andrew Tang until the checkered flag.

Tang himself came close to losing second during the restart, when he was beaten to the line by championship rival Jann Mardenborough, yet the Singaporean managed to reclaim the position into the first turn. Mardenborough then slipped back behind Egor Orudzhev, who promptly defended third place until the end of the race.

Damon Leitch took fifth, while Macauley Jones managed to overtake teammate Steijn Schothorst for sixth. James Munro wound up eighth, with Matt Rao and Matevos Isaakyan rounding out the top ten.

Tang will come into next week’s season finale at Manfeild with a ten-point lead over Mardenborough. Orudzhev, Damon Leitch and Rump are off by 24, 29 and 59 points respectively.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Martin Rump Giles Motorsport 20 laps in 23:43.963
2 Andrew Tang Neale Motorsport +1.335
3 Egor Orudzhev M2 Competition +5.747
4 Jann Mardenborough Giles Motorsport +6.350
5 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing +7.316
6 Macauley Jones M2 Competition +9.026
7 Steijn Schothorst M2 Competition +9.374
8 James Munro Neale Motorsport +11.059
9 Matt Rao Giles Motorsport +13.603
10 Matevos Isaakyan ETEC Motorsport +13.802
11 Levin Amweg M2 Competition +14.296
12 Matteo Ferrer Giles Motorsport +15.940
13 Michael Scott Victory Motor Racing +22.033
14 Robin Hansson Victory Motor Racing +23.938
15 Jordan Oon ETEC Motorsport +25.339
16 Martin Kodric ETEC Motorsport +25.467
17 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing +28.046
18 Alif Hamdan Giles Motorsport +41.416
19 Denis Korneev ETEC Motorsport +1 lap
Not classified
Ryan Tveter Giles Motorsport +19 laps
Gustavo Lima M2 Competition +19 laps
Neil Alberico* Victory Motor Racing

* Neil Alberico was placed behind the non-finishers in the official classification due to having caused the first-lap incident that brought out the safety car.

Championship standings
1 Andrew Tang Neale Motorsport 610
2 Jann Mardenborough Giles Motorsport 603
3 Egor Orudzhev M2 Competition 586
4 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 581
5 Martin Rump Giles Motorsport 551
6 James Munro Neale Motorsport 466
7 Steijn Schothorst M2 Competition 443
8 Matevos Isaakyan ETEC Motorsport 366
9 Denis Korneev ETEC Motorsport 338
10 Matt Rao Victory Motor Racing 326
11 Jordan Oon ETEC Motorsport 326
12 Levin Amweg M2 Competition 315
13 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 313
14 Gustavo Lima M2 Competition 309
15 Neil Alberico ETEC Motorsport 300
16 Michael Scott Victory Motor Racing 296
17 Ryan Tveter Giles Motorsport 287
18 Robin Hansson Victory Motor Racing 272
19 Macauley Jones M2 Competition 252
20 Matteo Ferrer Giles Motorsport 214
21 Alif Hamdan Giles Motorsport 206
22 Pedro Piquet M2 Competition 142
23 Martin Kodric M2 Competition 118