Collet goes from fourth to first in TRS Race 1

Caio Collet pic: Bruce Jenkins

Caio Collet has won Race 1 of Round 2 of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Teretonga Park thanks to a storming start.

The Brazilian lined up in fourth on the grid but made a good getaway and then drove around the outside of front row starters Gregoire Saucy and Igor Fraga.

Australian Jackson Walls (mtec Motorsport) was among those involved in incidents which drew a Safety Car as the first lap was ticking over to the second, and he retired after the contact with Yuki Tsunoda (M2 Competition).

Collet had no trouble with the restart and gapped the field to the tune of two seconds by the end of Lap 5.

The mtec driver, who lost a win seven days earlier due to an illegal practice start, went on to claim his first TRS victory.

“The car was just incredible,” said Collet.

“The opportunity came for the move on the first lap, it was a bit risky but I took it and it paid off.

“I’m really happy to come back after last weekend and get the win here.”

Saucy (Giles Motorsport) took up second position out of the first corner and survived pressure from Fraga (M2) to stay there for the balance of the race.

Franco Colapinto (Kiwi Motorsport) took fourth, ahead of Ido Cohen (M2).

Round 1 winner and 2019 champion Liam Lawson started way back in 13th following a heavily crash-shortened qualifying session but charged to sixth at the chequered flag.

Chelsea Herbert (Giles) was hospitalised for checks having complained of back pain after she ended up in the tyre wall on the right of the main straight.

Another qualifying session and two more races follow tomorrow.

Results: Race 1

Pos Driver Team
1 Caio Collet mtec Motorsport
2 Grégoire Saucy Giles Motorsport
3 Igor Fraga M2 Competition
4 Franco Colapinto Kiwi Motorsport
5 Ido Cohen M2 Competition
6 Liam Lawson M2 Competition
7 Lirim Zendeli Giles Motorsport
8 Emilien Denner M2 Competition
9 Petr Ptacek mtec Motorsport
10 Jose Blanco Kiwi Motorsport
11 Yuki Tsunoda M2 Competition
12 Lucas Petersson mtec Motorsport
13 Oliver Rasmussen mtec Motorsport
14 Axel Gnos Kiwi Motorsport
15 Rui Andrade M2 Competition
16 Henning Enqvist Giles Motorsport
17 Spike Kohlbecker Kiwi Motorsport
DNF Jackson Walls mtec Motorsport
DNS Chelsea Herbert Giles Motorsport

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