New names top the timesheets on Teretonga test day

Tayler Teretonga (940 x 450)

Tayler Bryant and Clay Osborne enjoyed their moment at Teretonga today, but it was a moment in the rain rather than the sun.

Wet weather peppered the entire day’s running and even when it started to dry out in the afternoon, the drivers were still faced with mixed conditions and the constant threat of rain.

Surprise of the first session was Tayler Bryant – returning after a year on the sidelines and confirming the promising form he showed at Highlands last week. It wasn’t a lucky lap either, he was a full second ahead of second-placed Rylan Gray at the end of the session with round one winner Brock Gilchrist down in seventh as the drivers got used to the TR86 car on a wet Teretonga for the first time since the series last visited here in 2020.

Clay Osborne and Christina Orr-West were the stars of the second session, both confirming the improved form they had shown at Highlands. Gilchrist meanwhile, clocked the third fastest time with session one stars Bryant and Gray still competitive in fifth and sixth overall.

Sam Cotterill had a nasty off in the closing stages of the session, making side contact with the tyre wall damaging his car and necessitating a trip to the hospital for a check over. It would mean that his weekend was over before it had begun.

Osborne carried on his run of good form in the third much drier session too, topping the timesheets ahead of rookie William Exton and Justin Allen. Gray and Gilchrist rounded out the top five.

Action on Saturday gets underway with qualifying in the morning and the first of three races on Saturday afternoon. The weather forecast is good and qualifying could produce a few surprises after Friday’s testing results.


Practice 1

1. Tayler Bryant

2. Rylan Gray

3. John Penny

4. Clay Osborne

5. Justin Allen

6. Thomas Mallard

7. Brock Gilchrist

8. Ayrton Hodson

9. Fynn Osborne

10. Tom Bewley

11. Christina Orr-West

12. William Morton

13. Dion Pitt

14. Sam Cotterill

15. Harry Townshend

16. Saxon Sheehan

17. William Exton

18. Tim Leach


Practice 2

1. Clay Osborne

2. Christina Orr-West

3. Brock Gilchrist

4. Justin Allen

5. Tayler Bryant

6. Rylan Gray

7. Tom Bewley

8. Fynn Osborne

9. John Penny

10. William Morton

11. Dion Pitt

12. William Exton

13. Ayrton Hodson

14. Thomas Mallard

15. Harry Townshend

16. Saxon Sheehan

17.  Tim Leach


Practice 3

1. Clay Osborne

2. William Exton

3. Justin Allen

4. Rylan Gray

5. Brock Gilchrist

6. Tayler Bryant

7. Tom Bewley

8. Christina Orr-West

9. John Penny

10. Fynn Osborne

11. Dion Pitt

12. Thomas Mallard

13. Ayrton Hodson

14. Harry Townshend

15. Saxon Sheehan

16. Tim Leach

17. William Morton