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Taupo TRS: Armstrong beats Daruvala in Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy

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Taupo TRS: Armstrong beats Daruvala in Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy
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Feb 5, 2017, 3:03 AM

Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong secured his third win of the Toyota Racing Series campaign in the 20-lap Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy race at Taupo.

Armstrong headed an all-M2 Competition podium in the final race of the off-season series' penultimate round.

The Kiwi started on the front row and cleared poleman Jehan Daruvala off the line, before a turn one incident further back in the pack triggered a stoppage.

American Kory Enders was ruled out of the race, his exit necessitating a brief red-flag stoppage.

As the race restarted, Armstrong managed to establish a 1.5-second lead over Daruvala in the first full green flag lap - but while the race leader's advantage over third-placed Ferdinand Habsburg grew rapidly from that point on, Daruvala looked capable of keeping pace with Armstrong.

The Indian had made some inroads before giving up a second to a lock-up on lap 10, just ahead of the race's halfway point.

By the closing stages, he had recovered the lost ground only to drop more time, Daruvala going on to finish almost seven seconds adrift of Armstrong.

Despite that, the Indian was under no pressure for second whatsoever, as he had built a massive buffer over teammate Habsburg, who was working to keep points leader Tom Randle and Pedro Piquet at bay - and was ultimately successful in doing so.

Taylor Cockerton followed Randle and Piquet home in sixth, having passed Richard Verschoor as the Red Bull junior then held off Brendon Leitch for seventh.

Kami Laliberte took ninth, while Harry Hayek picked off Enaam Ahmed for the final spot in the top 10.

With one three-race round remaining on the schedule, Randle has pulled out a 27-point lead over Verschoor, with Piquet four points behind the Dutchman.

Armstrong and Daruvala also remain with a realistic title challenge, both say just over a race win's points haul away from Randle.

Race 3 results:

Pos

Driver

Gap

1

 Marcus Armstrong

 

2

 Jehan Daruvala

6.723s

3

 Ferdinand Habsburg

16.654s

4

 Thomas Randle

16.797s

5

 Pedro Piquet

17.777s

6

 Taylor Cockerton

19.464s

7

 Richard Verschoor

23.726s

8

 Brendon Leitch

23.922s

9

 Kami Laliberte

24.791s

10

 Harry Hayek

26.221s

11

 Enaam Ahmed

27.202s

12

 Luis Leeds

29.093s

13

 Keyvan Andres

31.336s

14

 Ameya Vaidyanathan

31.692s

15

 Christian Hahn

33.271s

16

 Nikita Lastochkin

33.693s

17

 Shelby Blackstock

34.063s

18

 Thomas Neubauer

34.678s

19

 Jean Baptiste Simmenauer

48.265s

R

 Kory Enders

 

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