Hampton Downs TRS: Armstrong holds off Piquet for Race 1 win



Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong claimed his second victory in Toyota Racing Series in the first race at Hampton Downs.

The 16-year-old, who previously won the season opener, started second alongside Thomas Randle.

He jumped into the lead at the start, which saw several drivers including Nikita Lastochkin, Thomas Neubauer and Luis Leeds go off with track surface conditions appearing to be an issue.

The race was subsequently red-flagged and Armstrong kept the lead at the restart until the finish.

However, he was never able to pull away from Randle and then Pedro Piquet, who took over second on Lap 10.

The aforementioned duo ultimately had to settle for second and third respectively, both collecting their fourth podium finishes.

Red Bull’s Richard Verschoor took fourth after Brendon Leitch dropped down the order at the restart with former karting world champion Enaam Ahmed completing the top five.

Ameya Vaidyanathan grabbed his first top 10 finish in the series in sixth ahead of Kami Laliberte and Taylor Cockerton.

Ferdinand Habsburg recovered from losing ground at the start to secure ninth followed by Keyvan Andres.

Race 1 Results:

Pos

Driver

Gap

1

Marcus Armstrong

2

Pedro Piquet

0.334s

3

Thomas Randle

0.677s

4

Richard Verschoor

4.457s

5

Enaam Ahmed

4.972s

6

Ameya Vaidyanathan

5.756s

7

Kami Laliberte

8.838s

8

Taylor Cockerton

9.100s

9

Ferdinand Habsburg

9.500s

10

Keyvan Andres

15.261s

11

Shelby Blackstock

15.537s

12

Brendon Leitch

17.748s

13

Luis Leeds

19.435s

14

Jehan Daruvala

19.604s

15

Harry Hayek

24.979s

16

Kory Enders

24.993s

17

Jean Baptiste Simmenauer

29.430s

18

Christian Hahn

1 lap

DNF

Nikita Lastochkin

DNF

DNF

Thomas Neubauer

DNF