Christchurch driver Marcus Armstrong has won the first race at round two of the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series, maintaining a clean sweep of Kiwi winners across all four races to date.
Race wins at last weekend’s opening round went to Liam Lawson and Invercargill’s Brendon Leitch, but it was Marcus Armstrong who took the lead this afternoon on a wet but drying track. Lawson on pole didn’t get the grip he sought, letting Armstrong shoot into a three car lead.
Lawson attacked again and again but Armstrong covered the young Pukekohe driver’s challenges again and again, forcing him to try the wide line in order to find overtaking opportunities.
Even after a safety car period closed up the field Armstrong remained calm and in control. On the penultimate lap Lawson dropped a wheel on the grass and lost contact with Armstrong, who made no mistake of the run to the chequered flag.
All three Kiwis are in the top five of the championship, which is a rare situation.
The combination of the long front straight made tricky for the light and agile FT50 singe-seaters by crosswinds that can hammer the circuit unexpectedly together with the challenging in-field turns make Teretonga a circuit where close attention and a certain daring is required to produce fast laps.
For the 2019 CTRS championship, Marcus Armstrong is sponsored by Auckland City Toyota and the Armstrong Motor Group.
2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series points table
Liam Lawson 113
Marcus Armstrong 113
Raoul Hyman 79
Lucas Auer 73
Brendon Leitch 72
Cameron Das 66
Artem Petrov 59
Esteban Muth 58
Petr Ptacek 57
Calan Williams 53
Kazuko Kotaka 48
Dev Gore 32
Parker Locke 26
Thomas Smith 26
Petru Florescu 20
Jackson Walls 8