Jonny Reid could not hide his delight after not only breaking New Zealand's duck in the A1 Grand Prix sprint race at Sentul, but to then go and back it up with victory in the feature race.

It had been an eventful weekend for New Zealand to that point having struggled in practice, only to then secure a surprise second pole position of the year in qualifying joining the one he managed earlier this year at Brno.

However, unlike what happened in the Czech Republic when he collided with Niko Hulkenberg off the start line, Reid got a strong getaway from the rolling start and powered into a lead that would not even be threatened over the 15-lap encounter, securing New Zealand's first win in the process, two positions better than their previous best of third claimed by Reid just two weeks ago in Malaysia.

Starting from pole position for the second race, Reid powered into the lead again from the off, despite the atrocious weather conditions. However, Super Nova backed counterparts Germany were showing the wet condition supremacy that saw them dominate in Malaysia, with Hulkenberg duly finding a way past Reid early on and pulling out a significant lead.

However, with the conditions beginning the improve, the pendulum of momentum began to swing in favour of Reid, who was proving far quicker on slick tyres than Hulkenberg.

What followed was a serious of strong laps that saw Reid slash a gap of 13 seconds down to nothing in just six laps, immediately passing his rival as he arrived at his tail and pulling away into the lead.

Although a late safety car period negated any margin he had created, a sprint to the finish was enough for Reid to make it two from two for New Zealand, a result that sees them jump from 12th to fifth in the standings.

"This is a very emotional feeling for me," he mused. "The whole team has been working really, really hard and the result is fantastic as we came back from 16th in practice to the pole and now the win. I stayed focussed and I'm totally over the moon with what's happened.

"It was not a straightforward race at all and the weather came in and played a big part in that race," said Reid. "After the start of the race I was struggling quite a lot and at the pit stop we made a change and the car was much, much better as you could see in the lap times. I snatched back the lead and pushed hard to get a gap. We put a lot of push on at the end and I just got my head down.

Indeed, Reid puts New Zealand's new found pace down to their partnership with Germany underneath David Sears' Super Nova banner, with the Japanese Formula Three claiming their alliance is only likely strengthen as the series heads to his home round of Taupo in the new year.

"Fortunately I was able to take the win today. Germany and myself have shown clear pace in qualifying for the first half of the season and I am confident we can keep that pace up. We have got a good thing going with the alliance with Germany and it is working well so I have every confidence that I can put two wins on the board at home. I am looking forward to it and I will push hard to do that."

 

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