#22 Richard Verschoor (NED – Giles Motorsport Tatuus Toyota)
Qualifying 1: 4th – Race 1 Grid: 4th – Race 1 Result: 3rd
Race 2 Grid reversed Race 1 result top 6 – Grid: 4th – Race 2 Result: 2nd
Qualifying 2: 6th – Race 3 Grid: 6th – Race 3 Result: 4th
Toyota Racing Series Championship position: 1st – 181 points – after 3 of 15 races
The first weekend of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand produced some superbly close racing and Red Bull Junior Richard Verschoor acquitted himself brilliantly in the Giles Motorsport Tatuus Toyota and heads the points chase after the first three races.
The 16-year-old Dutchman was overall winner for the weekend, was in the in the heat of the battle all the way and says that it should have been even better. "Yes, I made a couple of silly mistakes in qualifying but I'm here to learn and I'm determined that I will do that, I won't make the same errors next weekend."
Good but could be better
"We had two qualifying sessions on Saturday morning and I really should have been on pole from the first session, I made a mistake at the first corner on my best lap and ended up P4, I also made a mistake in Q2 and was P6 but I know I can do better next time."
"The best race was the third one though from P6, it was a messy race with three safety cars, I made up a few places then got past Piquet before the first safety car. I was holding third until he overtook me on the last lap and there was no time to have another go at him. A shame but it was a great battle," enthused the teenager.
Better to be ahead than behind
"I've already learnt a lot since I've been here, the team has been great, we already have a very good working system, they are very organised. The track was very slippery this weekend, nothing to do with the car, it was the same for everyone. The starts were very hard and there are some things I can work on for sure. The main thing of course is to do a better job in qualifying."
"I'm leading the series but that doesn't mean anything at this point, I'm just three points ahead and I've got a lot of work to do," concluded Verschoor. Round 2 is at Teretonga, Invercargill in the south of the South Island next weekend.