Randle stripped of Teretonga TRS win

Randle stripped of Teretonga TRS win
Jan 21, 2017, 6:23 AM

Thomas Randle has been stripped of his dominant Race 1 win at Teretonga Park, elevating Dutchman Richard Verschoor to first place.

Jehan Daruvala
Richard Verschoor
Pedro Piquet
Richard Verschoor
Thomas Randle
Pedro Piquet
Jehan Daruvala

The Australian was unstoppable during the 15-lap race, leading all the way from pole to beat Verschoor home by just over a second.

But he was hit with a 10-second post-race penalty for a jump start, dropping him to seventh and handing Red Bull junior Verschoor the first win of the weekend.

“Richard got a better start than me so I can’t see how I jumped the start,” said a perplexed Randle.

Brendon Leitch, who finished third, was also investigated for a jump start but was ultimately allowed to keep his third, which becomes second thanks to Randle’s penalty.

Brazilian Pedro Piquet is now classified as third.

Force India junior Jehan Daruvala and Harry Hayek also received jump start penalties and were relegated from seventh and 10th to ninth and 13th respectively.

Amended Race 1 results:

1 Netherlands Richard Verschoor
2 New Zealand Brendon Leitch
3 Brazil Pedro Piquet
4 Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
5 United Kingdom Enaam Ahmed
6 New Zealand Taylor Cockerton
7 Australia Thomas Randle
8 Brazil Christian Hahn
9 India Jehan Daruvala
10 Germany Keyvan Andres Soori
11 New Zealand Marcus Armstrong
12 Canada Kami Laliberte
13 Australia Harry Hayek 
14 United States Shelby Blackstock
15 India Ameya Vaidyanathan
16 Australia Luis Leeds
17 Russia Nikita Lastochkin
18 United States Kory Enders
19 France Jean Baptiste Simmenauer
20 France Thomas Neubauer
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