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Exton Takes Control Of Qualifying At Hampton Downs

William Exton left the rest in his wake as he grabbed pole position for the first race at the penultimate round of the Toyota 86 Championship at Hampton Downs this morning.

In a hugely competitive qualifying session with the top twenty cars covered by a second, there were a few surprises but Exton maintained his good run of form to take pole position.

Third in the title chase, Exton will start ahead of Jackson Rooney in second and Hayden Bakkerus in his best qualifying position of the championship so far in third.

Championship leader Hunter Robb will start on the outside of the second row in fourth, just a couple of tenths of a second away from Exton’s pole position lap time.

William Exton will start from pole position in Saturday’s first race. Picture Bruce Jenkins.

A surprise in fifth is Australian racer Tyler Collins on his first visit to the North Waikato circuit and competing in the New Zealand specification Toyota 86 for the first time too. Alongside him on the third row for this afternoon’s race will be Justin Allen.

Championship challenger Tom Bewley left himself plenty to do in the race with seventh fastest time only, but Bewley’s race pace has been startling on occasion this season and he can be expected to make progress in the afternoon’s race.

Harry Townshend lines up alongside Bewley on the fourth row of the grid while William Morton maintained his strong testing form to bag a top ten spot in ninth alongside Tayler Bryant.

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Further back Alice Buckley was top woman in 13th ahead of a returning Breanna Morris in 16th, Christina Orr-West in 17th and Summer Rintoule in 19th. John Penny – fastest of all in Friday testing – could only manage 15th in qualifying.

2023-2024 Toyota 86 Championship – Round 5 Hampton Downs - Qualifying

142William ExtonRace Lab Drivers Academy
230Jackson RooneyRace Lab Drivers Academy
320Hayden BakkerusMacKenzie Motorsport
469Hunter RobbAction Motorsport
577Tyler CollinsMacKenzie Motorsport
699Justin AllenAllen Racing Team
74Tom BewleyMackenzie Motorsport
873Harry TownshendBayswater Motorsport
911William MortoniMac Race Engineering
1075Tayler BryantAction Motorsport
1123Lockie BloxsomiMac Race Engineering
128Thomas MallardCrème Racing
133Alice BuckleyRace Lab Drivers Academy
1481Cormac MurphyRace Lab Drivers Academy
1522John PennyAction Motorsport
165Breanna Morris 
1755Christina Orr-WestDayle ITM Racing
1850Ryan DenizeMacKenzie Motorsport
1987Summer RintouleAction Motorsport
2088Noel SimpsonAction Motorsport
21333Caleb Byers 

2023-2024 Toyota 86 Championship

Round 1 – November 17-19 – Taupo International Motorsport Park

Round 2 – January 26-28 – Manfeild – Circuit Chris Amon

Round 3 – February 9-11 – Euromarque Motorsport Park

Round 4 – February 16-18 – Highlands Motorsport Park – NZ Grand Prix

Round 5 – March 15-17 – Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

Round 6 – April 19-21 – Taupo International Motorsport Park – Supercars

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