Ferdinand Habsburg has been the fastest man in Ruapuna Park during the practice sessions of the Toyota Racing Series season opener. Lando Norris, second in two of the practice and Guanyu Zhou, followed the Austrian.
After several test sessions during the week in Ruapuna Park, this night the Toyota Racing Series started officially with M2 Competition driver, Guanyu Zhou as the fastest of practice 1, in front of sophomore year driver, Ferdinand Habsburg who was only 0.068 seconds slower.
Another sophomore followed him in fourth place, Artem Markelov as Cockerton, Piquet, Munro, Laliberté, Ptak, Bruno Baptista and Rodrigo Baptista closed the top10.
In the second practice of 30 minutes, Ferdinand Habsburg and Guanyu Zhou confirmed his good pace in the Ruapuna track, with the fastest lap of whole session and third best lap. Between them it was the youngster, Lando Norris.
Will Owen finished fourth in front of title’s favorite, Pedro Piquet and Jehan Daruvala. Local pilot, Brendon Leitch was seventh as Cockerton, DeFrancesco and Munro closes the top10.
Finally in the third and last practice session of the day, Ferdinand Habsburg confirmed his pace with a lap time of 1:18.120, 0.018 seconds faster than M2 Competion driver Lando Norris. Delvin DeFrancesco finished in a surprising third position as Kiwi drivers, Leitch and Munro close the top5 only 4 tenth behind the Austrian.