Verschoor masters rain to claim TRS feature win

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Sunday 22nd January, 2017 - 3:33pm

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Richard Verschoor

Red Bull junior Richard Verschoor reaffirmed his early domination in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series by claiming the Spirit of the Nation Cup at Teretonga.

Verschoor claimed the 20-lap feature race to extend his lead in the championship standings after two rounds.

He took the lead on Lap 7 after Thomas Randle spun out of the lead.

Verschoor then built up his advantage eventually beating Jehan Daruvala with Randle recovering to finish third.

The result sees Verschoor scoot to a 58-point lead over Randle in the standings.

Pole winner Brendon Leitch had a day to forget when he was involved in a three-car accident before the first corner in the earlier 15-lap race which was won by Pedro Piquet.

In the main race Leitch slipped back down the order after running prominently early before finishing seventh.

“The team did a great job replacing a broken bellhousing and some suspension,” said Leitch.

Christchurch’s Marcus Armstrong finished fourth in both races, to become the leading Kiwi on the points table.

Pukekohe’s Taylor Cockerton had a fifth and a ninth from a low grid position after problems during Saturday’s qualifying.

Spirit of the Nation Cup (top 10)

1 R Verschoor (Netherlands)
2 J Daruvala (India)
3 T Randle (Australia)
4 M Armstrong (New Zealand)
5 P Piquet (Brazil)
6 K Laliberte (Canada)
7 B Leitch (Invercargill)
8 E Ahmed (England)
9,T Cockerton (New Zealand)
10 C Hahn (Brazil)

Series points after two of five rounds
1 Verschoor 398
2 Randle 340
3 Piquet 307
4 Daruvala 287
5 Armstrong 265
6 Cockerton 263
7 Leitch 232
8 Laliberte 223
9 Ahmed 212
10 Habsburg 208