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Schothorst and Orudzhev claim poles for TRS opener

by Peter Allen
Steijn Schothorst

Photo: Toyota Racing NZ

M2 Competition drivers Steijn Schothorst and Egor Orudzhev saw off local favourite Damon Leitch to claim a pole position each at the opening round of the Toyota Racing Series at Teretonga.

Schothorst, a title favourite after finishing fourth in the 2013 standings, finished on top in a first session that was ended early by a second red flag with five minutes left on the clock.

Leitch was three tenths of a second behind in second place ahead of Victor Motor Racing team-mate and fellow New Zealander Michael Scott.

Australian Jordan Oon was the top TRS debutant in fourth for ETEC, ahead of Estonian Martin Rump and Russian Orudzhev. Dennis Korneev was seventh with the top ten for Saturday’s first race completed by?Jann Mardenborough,?Ryan Tveter and?Matteo Ferrer.

Session two, which set the grid for the third and final race on Sunday, was also disrupted by two red flags, the second of which ended the session early in the final minute. Schothorst was an early pace-setter until Leitch moved ahead before the first of the stoppages.

Upon the restart, Orudzhev moved up to second place past Schothorst and then stole top spot away from Teretonga local Leitch before the second red flag.

Behind Leitch and Schothorst, Macauley Jones claimed fourth spot ahead of Andrew Tang and Levin Amweg. Scott was seventh ahead of Rump, with Matevos Isaakyan and Pedro Piquet completing the top ten.

Qualifying 1 results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Steijn Schothorst M2 Competition 54.376
2 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 54.791 +0.415
3 Michael Scott Victory Motor Racing 54.860 +0.484
4 Jordan Oon ETEC Motorsport 54.861 +0.485
5 Martin Rump Giles Motorsport 54.867 +0.491
6 Egor Orudzhev M2 Competition 54.937 +0.561
7 Denis Korneev ETEC Motorsport 55.022 +0.646
8 Jann Mardenborough Giles Motorsport 55.035 +0.659
9 Ryan Tveter Giles Motorsport 55.106 +0.730
10 Matteo Ferrer Giles Motorsport 55.202 +0.826
11 Levin Amweg M2 Competition 55.218 +0.842
12 Matevos Isaakyan ETEC Motorsport 55.265 +0.889
13 Andrew Tang Neale Motorsport 55.282 +0.906
14 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 55.386 +1.010
15 Gustavo Lima M2 Competition 55.542 +1.166
16 Pedro Piquet M2 Competition 55.705 +1.329
17 Martin Kodric ETEC Motorsport 55.854 +1.478
18 Neil Alberico Victory Motor Racing 55.986 +1.610
19 Matt Rao Giles Motorsport 56.001 +1.625
20 Robin Hansson Victory Motor Racing 56.360 +1.984
21 Macauley Jones M2 Competition 56.853 +2.477
22 Alif Hamdan Giles Motorsport 56.949 +2.573
23 James Munro Neale Motorsport 1:02.219 +7.843
Qualifying 2 results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Egor Orudzhev M2 Competition 53.845
2 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 53.859 +0.014
3 Steijn Schothorst M2 Competition 53.997 +0.152
4 Macauley Jones M2 Competition 54.137 +0.292
5 Andrew Tang Neale Motorsport 54.236 +0.391
6 Levin Amweg M2 Competition 54.330 +0.485
7 Michael Scott Victory Motor Racing 54.343 +0.498
8 Martin Rump Giles Motorsport 54.348 +0.503
9 Matevos Isaakyan ETEC Motorsport 54.484 +0.639
10 Pedro Piquet M2 Competition 54.527 +0.682
11 Matteo Ferrer Giles Motorsport 54.553 +0.708
12 Martin Kodric ETEC Motorsport 54.679 +0.834
13 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing 54.714 +0.869
14 Denis Korneev ETEC Motorsport 54.781 +0.936
15 Neil Alberico Victory Motor Racing 54.856 +1.011
16 Ryan Tveter Giles Motorsport 54.908 +1.063
17 Matt Rao Giles Motorsport 55.013 +1.168
18 Jordan Oon ETEC Motorsport 55.165 +1.320
19 Gustavo Lima M2 Competition 55.321 +1.476
20 Robin Hansson Victory Motor Racing 55.891 +2.046
21 Alif Hamdan Giles Motorsport 56.111 +2.266