NZ: TRS final round Friday notes

TOYOTA RACING SERIES DRIVERS FASTEST AT PUKEKOHE The new Toyota Racing Series hit Pukekohe Park Raceway for the first time this season and the nimble single seater race cars were achieving faster lap times than the Australian V8 ...

TOYOTA RACING SERIES DRIVERS FASTEST AT PUKEKOHE

The new Toyota Racing Series hit Pukekohe Park Raceway for the first time this season and the nimble single seater race cars were achieving faster lap times than the Australian V8 Supercars.

During the official qualifying session on Friday afternoon Auckland driver Daniel Gaunt, who is currently fourth on the points table, set the fastest time of 55.202. This lap time was 0.611 seconds faster than the time set by fastest V8 Supercar driver Marcus Ambrose of 55.813 during their test session.

Second fastest was Christchurch driver Andy Knight with a time of 55.325, then another Aucklander, former world kart champion Wade Cunningham with a time of 55.548.

Current Toyota Racing Series leader Brent Collins from Timaru was fourth fastest with a time of 55.564.

The Toyota Tatuus race cars compete in two races during the Placemakers V8 International event, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

This weekend's races are the final two races in the six round Toyota Racing Series. The inaugural Chris Amon Trophy will be presented to the winner, and at this stage, the title could go to any one of four drivers, namely Brent Collins, Brendon Hartley, Andy Knight or Daniel Gaunt.

<pre> 2005 Toyota Racing Series -- Official Qualifying 1, Daniel Gaunt Auckland 55.202 2, Andy Knight Christchurch 55.325 3, Wade Cunningham Auckland 55.548 4, Brent Collins Timaru 55.564 5, Brendon Hartley Palmerston North 55.740 6, Chris Pither Palmerston North 55.841 7, James Cressey Auckland 56.018 8, Tim Edgell Auckland 56.121 9, Ken Smith Auckland 56.365 10, Mark Munro Christchurch 56.513 11, Andrew Higgins Auckland 56.521 12, Duane Spurdle Auckland 56.673 13, Ben Crighton Auckland 57.061 14, Matthew Hamilton Christchurch 57.085 15, Kim Crocker Tauranga 57.885 16, Fiona Hamilton Christchurch 59.556 17, Ben Harford Wellington 1:03.023

2005 Toyota Racing Series -- Testing 1, Ben Harford Wellington 55.437 2, Brendon Hartley Palmerston North 55.462 3, Brent Collins Timaru 56.175 4, Andy Knight Christchurch 56.349 5, James Cressey Auckland 56.455 6, Kim Crocker Tauranga 56.513 7, Daniel Gaunt Auckland 56.693 8, Tim Edgell Auckland 56.609 9, Chris Pither Palmerston North 56.800 10, Wade Cunningham Auckland 57.061 11, Mark Munro Christchurch 57.096 12, Ben Crighton Auckland 57.443 13, Ken Smith Auckland 57.473 14, Matthew Hamilton Christchurch 57.946 15, Duane Spurdle Auckland 57.982 16, Andrew Higgins Auckland 58.005 17, Fiona Hamilton Christchurch 1:01.143

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Series Road racing
Drivers Chris Amon , Wade Cunningham , Matthew Hamilton , Daniel Gaunt , Chris Pither , Brendon Hartley , Ben Crighton
Teams Toyota Racing