UK driver in gritty display
The United Kingdom's Alex Lynn may have won the battle but it was Austria's Lucas Auer who left Timaru's International Motor Raceway with the lead in the Toyota Racing Series after two rounds, yesterday.
The Austrian comfortably won Saturday's first race by four seconds to take the lead in the championship, but had his advantage taken away by the original championship leader, Puerto Rico's Felix Serralles, who won race two while Auer could only muster fifth. Auer responded in the feature race and entered a two-car battle with Lynn from the front of the grid.
The 18-year-old may have done slightly quicker lap times, but he was unable to pass the gritty Lynn, who utilised his fast start and kept cool under pressure from the Austrian to take the chequered flag.
Lynn said after that his start won him the race. "He [Auer] made it tricky for me all race and I thought he he had two or three tenths [in speed] over most of us all weekend, but I got the good start and then had to defend for the remainder of the race."
Auer, whose uncle and adviser Gerhard Berger won 10 Grands Prix and twice finished third in the Formula One Championship, will have a six-point lead over Serralles heading into this weekend's third round in Taupo.
Defending champion Nick Cassidy, from Auckland, is the best placed Kiwi in third, 53 points off Auer.
Comeback of the weekend went to Invercargill's Damon Leitch, who had two fifths and a second in the 18-car championship. Leitch left the track during testing on Friday, splitting his car in two.
He left the circuit at the tricky corner at the end of the back straight, a corner that claimed several others.
Some good work from the pit crew saw him race all three events and finish fourth overall for the weekend.
The Timaru Herald