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Manfeild TRS: Piquet wins red-flagged Race 1

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Manfeild TRS: Piquet wins red-flagged Race 1
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Feb 11, 2017, 3:05 AM

M2 Competition's Pedro Piquet closed in on championship leader Thomas Randle with a victory in Race 1 in the final weekend of the Toyota Racing Series at Manfeild.

The Brazilian got off to a perfect start from the front row, clearing Force India junior and pole-sitter Jehan Daruvala at Turn 1.

Ferrari and Red Bull juniors Marcus Armstrong and Richard Verschoor steadied in third and fourth but it was chaos down the order with a crash involving Brendon Leitch.

The Kiwi rolled over, severely damaging his car in the process and bringing out the red flag with Piquet still leading Daruvala.

Meanwhile, Keyvan Andres and Luis Leeds also made contact, but both rejoined at the restart.

Once the race got going, Piquet slowly built a handy gap to the Indian to claim his third win of the season and narrowed the gap to Randle, who finished fifth, to five points.

Daruvala was a lonely second, continuing his strong form with his fifth consecutive podium, while Armstrong rounded off the top 3.

Dutchman Verschoor had Randle on his tail for the last few laps, but the Red Bull junior just had enough in the end to hold on to fourth in the order.

Behind, Enaam Ahmed was sixth ahead of Taylor Cockerton, a mere 0.291s separating the two over the line.

The top 10 was rounded out by Ferdinand Habsburg, Leeds and Shelby Blackstock.

Race 1 Results:

Pos

Driver

Gap

1

 Pedro Piquet

-

2

 Jehan Daruvala

3.453s

3

 Marcus Armstrong

4.590s

4

 Richard Verschoor

6.529s

5

 Thomas Randle

7.689s

6

 Enaam Ahmed

14.397s

7

 Taylor Cockerton

14.688s

8

 Ferdinand Habsburg

15.528s

9

 Luis Leeds

17.596s

10

 Shelby Blackstock

21.194s

11

 Christian Hahn

21.561s

12

 Kory Enders

22.634s

13

 Kami Laliberte

25.708s

14

 Ameya Vaidyanathan

25.946s

15

 Jean Baptiste Simmer

26.552s

16

 Thomas Neubauer

26.958s

17

 Nikita Lastochkin

27.690s

18

 Keyvan Andres

4 laps

DNF

 Harry Hayek

-

DNF

 Brendon Leitch

-

 

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