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Bamber sets early GP pace


Earl Bamber has topped the time sheets in the first official run at Manfeild as the NZ Grand Prix weekend hits high gear.

 Lady Wigram Trophy winner earl Bamber has set the initial pace during practice for this Sunday’s New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild.

This afternoon, the Tatuus-Toyota driver lapped the resurfaced Manawatu track in 64.258 seconds, a shade under a tenth of a second faster than his nearest rival.

Nelson Hartley was second-quickest of the 18 cars that ran in the first timed practice session.

Hartley’s best lap was 64.354 seconds.

Next up was former A1GP regular Matt Halliday, five-thousandths of a second off Hartley’s time. Then came Michael Burdett.

New Zealand speedway Midget Car champion, Michael Pickens, having his second outing in a TRS car, was 16th quickest. Pickens lapped in 65.550s.

He’ll have a busy weekend, racing at Manfeild on Saturday then flying to Auckland’s Western Springs to race the Little Rippers Midget on Saturday night.

Pickens will fly back to Manfeild on Sunday morning to contest the second TRS race and the Grand Prix.

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