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Ruapuna TRS: Ferrari junior Armstrong wins season opener

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Ruapuna TRS: Ferrari junior Armstrong wins season opener
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Jan 14, 2017, 2:43 AM

Recently recruited Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong kicked off his maiden full-time single-seater campaign by winning the first Toyota Racing Series race at Ruapuna.

Enzo Fittipaldi, Marcus Armstrong
Richard Verschoor
Pedro Piquet
Enaam Ahmed
Jehan Daruvala runs out

Armstrong started the race from second and, while the first part of the race was led by pole-sitter Jehan Daruvala, the Indian lost out at the restart of a safety car phase.

The cause of the safety car was Kory Enders, who spun out as he approached the final corner and his car got stuck in the gravel.

Once in the lead, Armstrong extended his advantage to over a second as Daruvala could not challenge the Kiwi for the win.

Red Bull's Richard Verschoor completed the podium, followed by Aussie Thomas Randle and local driver Taylor Cockerton.

Returning drivers Pedro Piquet and Ferdinand Habsburg finished sixth and seventh respectively, the latter losing out at the start, having lost four spots from third.

Enaam Ahmed was eighth ahead of TRS veteran Brendon Leitch and Canadian Kami Laliberte.

Race 1 results:

Pos.DriverGap
1  Marcus Armstrong  
2  Jehan Daruvala 0.851
3  Richard Verschoor 1.912
4  Thomas Randle 2.512
5  Taylor Cockerton 5.398
6  Pedro Piquet 6.059
7  Ferdinand Habsburg 6.416
8  Enaam Ahmed 7.898
9  Brendon Leitch 9.056
10  Kami Laliberte 10.055
11  Shelby Blackstock 11.637
12  Keyvan Andres 13.232
13  Ameya Vaidyanathan 17.042
14  Harry Hayek 17.388
15  Luis Leeds 18.025
16  Thomas Neubauer 18.414
17  Christian Hahn 19.324
18  Jean Baptiste Simmenauer 35.660
19  Kory Enders +1 lap
R  Nikita Lastochkin  
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