Kami Laliberté claims two 6th places in Toyota Racing Series
Canadian Kami Laliberté contested the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand this past weekend.
The field of 20 competitors – all driving identical, Toyota powered single seaters - participated in the free practice sessions held on the short Teretonga road course located at the extreme south tip of New Zealand.
The teenager qualified a lowly and disappointing 17th after having been unable to find a clear track ahead of him. During the second qualifying session, he set the 9th fastest time.
Laliberté took the start of the first, 15-lap race of the meeting in 17th position. “I started from the 17th place and under these circumstances I think that I managed well this race. I had a good start bur despite the intense trafic, I climbed up to 13th place. Finally, I earned 12th position following a penalty given to a rival.’’
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On Sunday, despite some rain that came into play, the Montréal-born racer claimed a pair of second places.
Laliberté started the second race from 12th on the grid. “I made a good start and was sixth after a short while. Then, the rain came but I remained at that place. I am quite satisfied with this result’’, he said.
The Canada took the start of the third and final race in 9th place. “Things went very well at the start and I instantly gained one place,” he declared. “Then, I gained another position and as a competitor went out, I climbed to seventh place. Finally, in the last lap, I made a good move and overtook another rival to claim the 6th position. At the end of the day, I find my results satisfactory, better than last week. Apart yesterday’s missed opportunity in qualifying, I am satisfied and encouraged for next week.”
The next three rounds will be held on the modern and spectacular 2.63 kilometers long Hampton Downs circuit, south of Auckland.
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