NZ A1GP driver Jonny Reid gave his home country fans plenty to be proud of with a dominant victory in the Sprint Race.
New Zealand race fans went wild at Taupo Motorsport Park this morning as Jonny Reid drove Black Beauty to a lights to flag victory in the A1GP Sprint Race.
The crowd gave Reid a standing ovation as he completed his slowdown lap.
Reid, who started from poled position, won the start to lead South Africa’s Adrian Zaugg and Germany’s Christian Vietoris into the first corner.
Zaugg resisted a bold move by Vietoris to pass on the inside line,
Behind them all hell broke loose as Swiss driver Neel Jani tried to pass Malaysian Alex Yoong on the inside.
Jani was on the grass, and the two cars collided, Yoong’s car riding up on the Swiss machine and narrowly missing Jani’s head.
Both cars were out of the race, and the Safety car was deployed.
Reid won the restart, and Vietoris put the pressure on Zaugg, passing him within three laps and setting off after Reid.
Vietoris began to nibble away at the Kiwi’s lead, cutting it to just over a second at one point before Reid began to extend the margin in the closing laps.
Frenchman Loic Duval came home third behind Vietoris after getting the better of Zaugg.
Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen finished fifth, closing in on Zaugg. Ireland’s Adam Carroll was sixth.
British driver Robbie Kerr was knocked out of contention after trying to pass American Jonathan Summerton in the corner at the end of the main straight.
Kerr was on the inside line and the pair made contact at Summerton turned into the slow left-hander.
Kerr regained the pits and resumed the race several laps later.
The Feature Race, which includes two pitstops, will be run at 3pm. Reid will start from grid five.