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Bilinski Again But Sceats More Than Abel To Challenge

Championship leader Roman Bilinski continued his dominance of the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship in New Zealand with an impressive pole position for M2 Competition at the Euromarque Motorsport Park today.

The Polish ace will have his nearest championship challenger Liam Sceats alongside him on the front row at the Euromarque Motorsport Park, Christchurch, with mtec Motorsport’s Jacob Abel just behind in third.

Roman Bilinski continued to shine in New Zealand with pole position. Bruce Jenkins

It was the INDY NXT driver, back in New Zealand for the final two rounds of this year’s championship, who took the fastest time early on but as the 15-minute session wore on he was unable to match the performance of the top two. It was nevertheless a mighty first qualifying for the popular and highly regarded US racer, who finished third in the 2023 NZ championship.

It was a good session for the Kiwis with Giles Motorsport’s Kaleb Ngatoa – feature race winner at Hampton Downs last weekend – in fourth on the grid after a solid session.

Canadian Patrick Woods-Toth maintained his testing form for a top five qualifying slot in his Kiwi Motorsport car, while another Kiwi, Alex Crosbie, used his extensive circuit knowledge to good effect to claim the outside of the third row.

Bryce Aron, another US racer of note competing in the last two rounds, could not match his scintillating testing form but the Andretti Global driver will nevertheless start seventh on the grid after his first qualifying session in a Toyota FT60.

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Gerrard Xie was another to go well in testing and after his big off last weekend at Hampton Downs, could be well satisfied with a place on the fourth row, while Michael Shin and Titus Sherlock completed the top ten.

The afternoon’s race will be the first of three over the weekend, with the big feature race on Sunday deciding whose name will go on the iconic Lady Wigram Trophy.

2024 Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship certified by FIA – R4 Qual 1

PosNumberDriverTeam
14Roman Bilinski (POL)M2 Competition
223Liam Sceats (NZL)M2 Competition
351Jacob Abel (USA)MTEC Motorsport
415Kaleb Ngatoa (NZL)Giles Motorsport
514Patrick Woods Toth (CAN)Kiwi Motorsport
641Alex Crosbie (NZL)Giles Motorsport
727Bryce Aron (USA)M2 Competition
839Gerrard Xie (CHN)M2 Competition
916Michael Shin (KOR)M2 Competition
1031Titus Sherlock (USA)Kiwi Motorsport
1148Kaden Probst (NZL)MTEC Motorsport
1222Jett Bowling (USA)Kiwi Motorsport
13739Landan Matriano Lim (USA)Kiwi Motorsport
1420Jake Bonilla (USA)Kiwi Motorsport
155Lucas Fecury (BRA)MTEC Motorsport

2024 Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship certified by FIA - Events

19-21 January 2024 - Taupo International Motorsport Park – Historic GP event

26-28 January 2024 - Manfeild - Circuit Chris Amon

2-4 February 2024 - Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

9-11 February 2024 – Euromarque Motorsport Park

16-18 February 2024 - Highlands Motorsport Park – 68th New Zealand Grand Prix

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