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TRS title fight heats up as Maisano wins Manfeild opener

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Toyota Racing Series

Photo: Toyota Racing Series

French driver Brandon Maisano celebrated his fifth victory in the Toyota Racing Series, delivering a lights-to-flag drive in the first race of the Manfeild finale.

Maisano’s win puts him at just 72 points behind championship leader Lance Stroll, with 75 points available for victory.

But Indian Arjun Maini – who partners both Stroll and Maisano at M2 – remains runner-up in the standings, having finished the race in second to cut the Canadian’s lead down to 63 points.

Maini could very well have won the race as he ramped up the pressure over the last laps after shadowing Maisano during the first half. However, the Frenchman held on to the checkered flag.

The duo were the class of the field in what was a remarkably serene race for the series, with all 20 cars making it to the end of 20-lap contest.

Sam MacLeod, who came into the round with only an extremely slim mathematical chance at the title, held off compatriot Callum Ilott throughout the race to secure his fourth podium. However, the Scotsman is no longer eligible for the championship.

Santino Ferrucci, on the other hand, remains in contention, having placed fifth and now sitting 130 points adrift of the lead.

After dropping from fourth on the grid to eighth during the opening laps, Stroll found himself in danger of losing a big chunk of his lead. Yet the Canadian rebounded as usual – first overtaking Damon Leitch for seventh and then taking sixth off Artem Markelov.

The Russian ended up seventh, holding up his Giles teammates Sergio Sette Camara and James Munro. Stefan Riener passed fellow Victory driver Leitch to complete the top ten.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Brandon Maisano M2 Competition 20 laps in 21:04.827
2 Arjun Maini M2 Competition +1.156
3 Sam MacLeod Giles Motorsport +4.153
4 Callum Ilott ETEC Motorsport +5.024
5 Santino Ferrucci Giles Motorsport +6.792
6 Lance Stroll M2 Competition +13.054
7 Artem Markelov Giles Motorsport +14.816
8 Sergio Sette Camara Giles Motorsport +15.638
9 James Munro Giles Motorsport +15.976
10 Stefan Riener Victory Motor Racing +19.733
11 Ferdinand Habsburg Victory Motor Racing +23.460
12 Damon Leitch Victory Motor Racing +23.988
13 Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing +24.300
14 Mathias Kristensen M2 Competition +24.711
15 Charlie Eastwood M2 Competition +25.723
16 Matteo Ferrer ETEC Motorsport +25.947
17 Alfonso Celis Giles Motorsport +28.676
18 Jamie Conroy M2 Competition +29.309
19 Thomas Randle ETEC Motorsport +35.895
20 Nikita Mazepin ETEC Motorsport +36.987