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Wurz earns first FRegional Oceania pole in Teretonga Q2

by Ida Wood

Photo: TGR NZ

Charlie Wurz came out on top in the second Formula Regional Oceania qualifying session at Teretonga, after multiple drivers disputed pole position.

Tom McLennan went to the top once flying laps were set, with James Penrose then being first to set a sub-minute lap while Chloe Chambers had an off.

Josh Mason briefly went fastest afterwards, before Jacob Abel brought the pace down to 55.589 seconds. Hedge went 0.412 seconds faster with his fifth lap, with the M2 Competition pilot at the back of the queue of drivers.

Penrose returned to first place next time by, setting a 54.826s lap, and then improved again to 54.422s.

Wurz was next to set the pace, moving 0.289s ahead of Penrose but then being unable to improve afterwards. However nobody else could either until just over a minute to go when Abel rose to fourth place.

Penrose cut Wurz’s pole gap down to 0.230s with 35s to go, and Liam Sceats jumped up to third as the chequered flag came out. Several drivers were able to improve on their very last lap after that, including Wurz who guaranteed himself pole position with a 54.053s lap.

Penrose set a 54.261s and looked to have secured second place, until Hedge at the very end nabbed a front row spot for the feature race with a 54.173s lap.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Charlie Wurz M2 Competition 54.053s 15
2 Callum Hedge M2 Competition 54.173s +0.120s 15
3 James Penrose Kiwi Motorsport 54.261s +0.208s 15
4 Liam Sceats M2 Competition 54.457s +0.404s 14
5 Jacob Abel KIwi Motorsport 54.484s +0.431s 15
6 Josh Mason Kiwi Motorsport 54.568s +0.515s 15
7 Ryan Shehan Giles Motorsport 54.710s +0.657s 15
8 David Morales M2 Competition 54.730s +0.677s 15
9 Ryder Quinn M2 Competition 54.858 +0.805s 15
10 Tom McLennan Kiwi Motorport 54.990s +0.937s 15
11 Bree Morris Giles Motorsport 55.238s +1.185s 15
12 Chloe Chambers Giles Motorsport 55.267s +1.214s 15
13 Lucas Fecury Kiwi Motorsport 55.488s +1.435s 15