Solid weekend nets Cockerton seventh in Toyota Racing Series

Pukekohe’s Taylor Cockerton has finished a solid seventh overall in the 2017 Castrol Toyota Racing Series after three strong race results at the NZ Grand Prix meeting over the weekend.  The final of five consecutive rounds saw Taylor finish seventh, sixth and ninth in the final three races at the Manfeild Park circuit in Feilding. “The weekend was pretty good,” commented Cockerton.  “A little bit up and down but some good results. “Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan but we were able to bounce back in the first race.  The car was fast, had some good battles and finished seventh.” “The second race was chaotic with lots happening throughout.  I had a good battle with Randle and Hapsburg and was really happy to have finished in P6. “The GP (Grand Prix) was frustrating.  I didn’t get the best of starts from ninth and essentially got stuck behind a slower driver for 32 laps finishing in ninth.” It’s been a season full of improvements for the Waikato University student.  In his second season racing in the series, Cockerton improved on his ninth overall in 2016.  From fifteen races he finished 12 times in the top ten, three of those in the top five and with only one race retirement. “It wasn’t a perfect season but to come away with seventh overall in the championship and second Kiwi driver racing against some of the best young drivers in the world is a pretty incredible feeling.  I owe it to everyone who has got me here.” Melbourne’s Thomas Randle won the Toyota Racing Series title after finishing third to Jehan Daruvala in the 62nd New Zealand Grand Prix.  Daruvala led the Grand Prix from start to finish, while Randle initially lost a place to Christchurch’s Marcus Armstrong, while point’s leader Piquet was second.  Piquet and Armstrong disputed second place, with the Kiwi getting ahead . As Piquet attacked Armstrong, Randle took advantage and passed the point’s leader to get into a title winning position.