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Randle wins

the battle with Piquet

As noted earlier, the 2017 campaign of the TRS showcased a great battle

between veterans and rookies, some of them making their first steps in

single seaters. The title went to Thomas Randle of Victory Racing,

coming back to the series after running in 2015. The Australian emerged

after the first part of the season with three poles, two wins and seven

podium finish. Only five points separated him from Pedro Piquet, at his

third season in the championship. After a tough start, Piquet had his

breakthrough in the final stages and in a tense season finale, he even

managed to hit the top at Manfeild. In a stunning wheel to wheel

confrontation in the last race of the season, Randle got it won and

jumped back out front. Among the early favourites, Jehan Daruvala

ended up only fifth. He was really efficient in qualifying but not

consistent enough through the races.

Armstrong, Verschoor

make great debuts

Unlike happened at the end, the first part of the year highlighted the

rookies. Marcus Armstrong, part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, left a

strong impression by cruising to win in race 3 of the inaugural round at

Rapuana before doing it all again twice. It was a similar story for Richard

Verschoor, coming from the Red Bull program. Despite leading after two

rounds thanks to a 1‐2 finish in Teretonga, he slightly lost his way. Still

among rookies Enaam Ahmed did well with a sixth place in points and a

win in Race 2 at Hampton Downs. There was no shortage of spectacular

crashes starting from the ones involving Brandon Leitch and Cristian

Hanh at Manfield. They both underlined the high safety standards of

the Tatuus FT‐50.