#22 Richard Verschoor (NED – Giles Motorsport Tatuus Toyota)
Qualifying 1: 2nd – Race 1 Grid: 2nd – Race 1 Result: 1st
Race 2 Grid reversed Race 1 result top 4 – Grid: 4th – Race 2 Result: 2nd
Qualifying 2: 5th – Race 3 Grid: 5th – Race 3 Result: 1st
Toyota Racing Series Championship position: 1st – 398 points – after 6 of 15 races
Two wins and a second place in round two of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand saw Red Bull Junior Richard Verschoor handsomely extend the narrow points lead he had carried from the opening three races a week ago.
The sixteen-year-old Dutchman was in superb form at Teretonga in his Giles Motorsport Tatuus Toyota and missed the drama and disasters that befell many of his fellow competitors. "Well I didn't expect that after Thursday, I made some mistakes in practice and the car wasn't perfect but qualifying was much better, P2 and just 0.04 from pole in Q1 and 0.07 from pole in Q2 but P5, it's all in the details and I didn't get the lap with all the details right."
"I've never had such good starts, I got going really well from P2 in Race 1 and almost got the lead, just couldn't get ahead for turn one and ran second but after Randle crossed the line first he was penalised for jumping the start. You don't want to win like that but I think I should have got ahead at the start so it's fair enough."
"That was dry but it rained today and in Race 2 I got another great start from the reverse grid P4 and got to the front, they were three abreast behind me and took each other out. The great start really paid off there. It was a messy race with restarts and safety cars but P2 at the end was OK."
Wetter and wetter
"Race 2 had been drying out a bit towards the end but Race 3 was fully wet all the way. I made a rocket start and went from P5 to P2, no one stalled or anything the car just went off so quick we just blew past them."
"My early pace was not that quick but I managed to build some heat into the tyres and started to catch the leading guy, put him under a bit of pressure and he went off. The car behind me was quite quick so I kept pushing and got the gap up to four seconds. He must have gone off I think because then it was seven seconds and almost eleven by the end of the race."
It was his nearest championship rival, Thomas Randle, who he had pressured into a mistake in Race 3 and he now heads the Australian by 58 points but as Richard says, that is not a comfortable margin. "Three more rounds to go, three more race tracks I have never seen before so there is a lot still to be done."