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Taupo TRS: Leitch passes Armstrong for Race 1 win

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Taupo TRS: Leitch passes Armstrong for Race 1 win
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Feb 4, 2017, 3:00 AM

TRS veteran Brendon Leitch claimed his first win in the 2017 of the championship in Race 1 at Taupo.

Starting third, Leitch forced his way through Force India's Jehan Daruvala and then took advantage of a mistake from Marcus Armstrong to win the first race.

The aforementioned duo had to settle for second and third respectively.

Daruvala came under pressure by Thomas Randle as the late stages approached but he held on to third, forcing championship leader Richard Verschoor's main rival to settle for fourth.

The Dutchman only finished eighth, unable to advance from seventh on the grid, the title rivals separated by Pedro Piquet, Kami Laliberte and Enaam Ahmed.

The top 10 was completed by Luis Leeds and Keyvan Andres.

The race was red-flagged on Lap 1 after Ferdinand Habsburg, Taylor Cockerton and Kory Enders all retired at Turn 4.

With five races remaining, Verschoor's championship lead has shrunk to seven points over Randle.

Race 1 results:

Pos

Driver

Gap

1

 Brendon Leitch

 

2

 Marcus Armstrong

1.536s

3

 Jehan Daruvala

3.763s

4

 Thomas Randle

3.860s

5

 Pedro Piquet 

6.334s

6

 Kami Laliberte

9.783s

7

 Enaam Ahmed

10.915s

8

 Richard Verschoor

11.564s

9

 Luis Leeds

18.441s

10

 Keyvan Andres

20.975s

11

 Thomas Neubauer

21.807s

12

 Ameya Vaidyanathan

22.180s

13

 Harry Hayek

23.595s

14

 Shelby Blackstock

24.091s

15

 Christian Hahn

24.996s

16

 Nikita Lastochkin

25.946s

17

 Jean Baptiste Simmenauer

35.675s

R

 Ferdinand Habsburg

 

R

 Taylor Cockerton

 

R

 Kory Enders

 

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