Ruapuna TRS: Cockerton scores maiden win in Race 2

Sophomore driver Taylor Cockerton secured his first Toyota Racing Series victory by winning the second race at Ruapuna.

Ruapuna TRS: Cockerton scores maiden win in Race 2

Cockerton became the second Kiwi driver to win this weekend following Marcus Armstrong's triumph in Race 1.

As the grid was set by reversing the top six of Saturday's race, Pedro Piquet started from pole.

However, the Brazilian was demoted by Cockerton at the very beginning of the race and was also attacked by Thomas Randle.

With Piquet busy defending, Cockerton managed to pull away in no time, extending his advantage to over a second, which he kept until the finish.

Piquet withstood race-long from Randle, who completed the podium.

Red Bull junior Richard Verschoor could not keep up with the top three and took fourth ahead of Ferrari's Armstrong.

Brendon Leitch held sixth for most of the race but lost out to Ferdinand Habsburg in the end.

Force India junior Jehan Daruvala, second in Race 1, was set to finish eighth before the Indian stopped during the late stages.

That allowed Indy Lights regular Shelby Blackstock to take the position ahead of Kami Laliberte and Harry Hayek.

UPDATE: Cockerton lost his race win after receiving a 10-second time penalty for a false start, dropping him to fourth in the order.

Second placed Piquet was also penalised and was handed a 30-second time penalty and three demerit points for his incident with Randle. He dropped to 17th as a result.

Therefore, Randle took the victory with both Verschoor and Armstrong promoted to the podium spots in second and third respectively.

Race 2 results - amended:

Pos.DriverGap
1  Thomas Randle  
2  Richard Verschoor 4.054s
3  Marcus Armstrong 5.562s
4  Taylor Cockerton 7.935s
5  Ferdinand Habsburg 9.571s
6  Brendon Leitch 10.391s
7  Shelby Blackstock 16.483s
8  Kami Laliberte 16.967s
9  Harry Hayek 17.260s
10  Keyvan Andres 21.776s
11  Luis Leeds 21.809s
12  Enaam Ahmed 22.442s
13  Kory Enders 23.225s
14  Ameya Vaidyanathan 24.008s
15  Nikita Lastochkin 27.401s
16  Christian Hahn 28.719s
17  Pedro Piquet 29.760s
18  Thomas Neubauer 37.616s
19  Jean Baptiste Simmenauer 38.274s
R  Jehan Daruvala  
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