Lawson: The extra half second that counts

| Photographer Credit: Terry Marshall/Euan Cameron Photography

Liam Lawson has taken pole position in the second qualifying session at the opening round of the 2020 Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on Sunday morning.

It was a close fought battle between the first race winner and Brazilian Caio Collet with the letter looking like he nailed it on his final qualifying lap. Not so as Lawson explains:

“We only just made it across the line so we got the timing perfect, luckily. I actually thought the lap before was the last but crossed the line to find I had one more lap (before the checkered flag.

“There was traffic all over the lap with other guys cooling down so we only just made it work, so very happy with it. I knew after yesterday’s qualifying I didn’t use the full potential. So, very happy to get pole.”

So where does the current TRS champ find that last half second that counts?

“The tyre is harder than last year’s (Michelin). It takes quite a long time (to heat up) although last year the best times were at the end of the session as well.

“For the quick time today it is all about temperature. There’s a big change in pace when the temperature drops. Later today when it gets hot in the race we will be struggling with tyres again.”

Qualifying Session 2 Highlands Motorsport Park, Round 1, TRS (Top 10)

1/ Liam Lawson 1:27.375
2/ Caio Collet 1:27.401
3/ Franco Colapinto 1:27.644
4/ Igor Graga 1:27.686
5/ Gregoire Saucy 1:27.904
6/ Yuki Tsunoda 1:28.249
7/ Lirim Zendeli 1:28.248
8/ Ido Cohen 1:28.282
9/ Petr Ptacek 1:28.363
10/ Oliver Rasmussen 1:28.653

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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