Tough hometown debut for Lawson

 

 

SpeedSport Scholarship driver, Liam Lawson, didn’t have the kind of hometown debut he had hoped for when the Hi-Q New Zealand Formula First championship raced at the Pukekohe race circuit last weekend.

The Pukekohe High School student qualified his car in fourth position for the three championship races, crossing the finish line fourth on Saturday and sixth in the opening race on Sunday.
A gutsy drive-back from an off-track excursion in the final race saw him record some sensational lap times and kept him in the top five of the championship standings.
Liam, 13, enjoyed racing on his home track for the first time and found the infamous Pukekohe bumps challenging.
“The track was really bumpy. Sometimes the car would snap sideways. There are parts where it really keeps you on the edge,” said Liam. “I didn’t make very good starts and that stopped me from keeping up with the leading guys. They got away while I was battling to break away from the next group.”
Liam’s driving coach and scholarship cofounder, Dennis Martin, says even though it ‘didn’t go his way’ over the weekend, Liam did the best he could under the circumstances.
The next round of the series returns to the Taupo track in January; the place where Lawson claimed his maiden race car win last month. The SpeedSport Scholarship provides Lawson with a season racing in a Formula First car under the guidance and tuition of Martin’s Sabre Motorsport Team, as well as a personalised race suit, boots and racing gloves from Chicane.

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