Taupo TRS: Piquet holds off new points leader Randle to win

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Taupo TRS: Piquet holds off new points leader Randle to win
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Feb 4, 2017, 10:37 PM

European F3 regular Pedro Piquet was victorious in the second, reverse-grid Toyota Racing Series race at Taupo from second on the grid.

Piquet jumped ahead of pole-sitter Kami Laliberte at the start and kept the lead throughout the entire race.

He could not initially pull away from Laliberte but the Canadian dropped down to 10th on Lap 6, giving second place to Thomas Randle.

The safety car came out shortly afterwards as a result of a car stopping on track at Turn 9, leaving only four laps to go at the restart.

While the leading duo was separated by just half a second at the finish, it was Piquet crossing the line in first ahead of Randle.

Force India's Jehan Daruvala was third followed by Marcus Armstrong, who was attacked by Brendon Leitch in the late stages.

Richard Verschoor only gained two places during the race to take sixth and give up the championship lead to Randle.

TRS rookie Enaam Ahmed was seventh ahead of Luis Leeds, Thomas Neubauer and Keyvan Andres, who passed Laliberte for the final top 10 position.

Race 2 results:

Pos

Driver

Gap

1

 Pedro Piquet

 

2

 Thomas Randle

0.563s

3

 Jehan Daruvala

1.269s

4

 Marcus Armstrong

2.565s

5

 Brendon Leitch

2.884s

6

 Richard Verschoor

4.712s

7

 Enaam Ahmed

5.007s

8

 Luis Leeds

8.029s

9

 Thomas Neubauer

9.306s

10

 Keyvan Andres

9.454s

11

 Kami Laliberte

11.169s

12

 Christian Hahn

11.585s

13

 Nikita Lastochkin

12.360s

14

 Shelby Blackstock

12.837s

15

 Taylor Cockerton

13.208s

16

 Ferdinand Habsburg

58.379s

17

 Ameya Vaidyanathan

+3 lap

R

 Harry Hayek

+4 lap

R

 Kory Enders

 

R

 Jean Baptiste Simmenauer

 

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