Taupo TRS: Norris wins Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy

Toyota Racing Series championship leader Lando Norris took a comfortable victory in the third and final race of the Taupo round, securing the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy.

The win was Norris' fifth in the campaign, enabling him to extend his lead over nearest rival Pedro Piquet to 86 points - with 225 available in the Manfield finale next week.

The first green flag stretch of the final Taupo race lasted just a few seconds and was over when James Munro clashed with Artem Markelov into Turn 1 - with the former having to pit for a nosecone change and the latter retiring on the spot.

Norris had stayed out front at the line, and would control the subsequent restart, only for the race to be suspended again.

This time the stoppage required red flags, as Rodrigo Baptista was stranded at Turn 5 and his car needing to be lifted away.

When the race got going again, it finally settled into a rhythm as the leading duo of Norris and Piquet escaped out front and Guan Yu Zhou ran as best of the rest, having passed Brendon Leitch at the earlier restart.

Having challenged Norris for victory earlier in the weekend, Piquet stayed within 1.5sec of the Brit for much of the distance in this race, but dropped off significantly in the final five laps, and had to settle for second.

Zhou rounded off yet another M2 Competition 1-2-3, with Ferdinand Habsburg taking fourth off Leitch, having started 10th after a grid penalty.

Taylor Cockerton was sixth, ahead of Bruno Baptista and Jehan Daruvala, with Canadian duo Kami Laliberte and Devlin DeFrancesco rounding out the top 10.

Pos. Driver Team Time/Delay
1 Lando Norris M2 31:37.586
2 Pedro Piquet M2 3.453
3 Guan Yu Zhou M2 12.304
4 Ferdinand Habsburg Giles 15.516
5 Brendon Leitch Victory 19.369
6 Taylor Cockerton ETEC 19.881
7 Bruno Baptista Victory 20.277
8 Jehan Daruvala M2 20.864
9 Kami Laliberte M2 23.165
10 Devlin DeFrancesco Giles 25.759
11 James Munro Giles 26.066
12 Will Owen Giles 27.126
13 Timothe Buret ETEC 28.830
14 Antoni Ptak Giles 30.200
15 Theo Bean ETEC 30.624
16 Julian Hanses Victory 1 Lap
Ret Rodrigo Baptista ETEC  
Ret Nicolas Dapero Giles  
Ret Artem Markelov M2  

 

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Series Other open wheel
Event TRS: Taupo
Track Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park
Drivers Pedro Piquet , Lando Norris , Guan Yu Zhou
Article type Race report