Aussies on show overseas

Monday 10 August, 2020
Check out who did what on the international stage over the weekend.
Another weekend saw another round of Australians compete on the world stage in a range of international championships and series.
 
Following on from the weekend’s action, motorsport.org.au reviews how our locals fared.
 

Mansell shows pace in British F4

Christian Mansell enjoyed his best outing in the British Formula 4 Championship this season after ending the weekend with an outright race win and three rookie-class wins.
 
With the round taking place at Brands Hatch, Mansell had a solid start to the round, qualifying on the fourth row in eighth before finishing the first race two places higher and with the rookie-class win.
 
As a result of finishing sixth, the 15-year-old started the round’s reverse-grid race in pole position and never waived throughout, despite being challenged for much of the race, as he led from lights out to the chequered flag to grab a maiden outright victory.
 
For the final race of the weekend, Mansell started in P9 and like the round’s opening round, he climbed up two positions to seventh and took out the rookie-class again.
 
Mansell’s overall win and hat-trick of rookie class honours saw him slot into fifth place on the outright standings and first on the rookie cup ahead of the next round at Oulton Park on 22-23 August.
 
 

Tough weekend out in Silverstone

There was not much to celebrate for the four Australians in the FIA Formula 3 Championship’s back-to-back round at Silverstone, with a difficult weekend for all concerned.
 
Oscar Piastri was the best performer with the two top 10 results, however the Victorian lost his Championship lead to teammate and race one winner Logan Sargeant, despite overcoming several mechanical gremlins.
 

It was even harder weekend for Calan Williams, Alex Peroni and Jack Doohan with all three drivers unable to break into the points in either race. Peroni came close in race one but could only get as high 14th, while Doohan finished both races outside the top 20 and Williams retired in both.

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency 

It was a similar story in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for Australian Jordan Love, with the West Australian getting even less time to make an impact after retiring from the race on the opening lap.
 
Although he started well, Love just happened to be in the wrong place and the wrong time and was clipped from behind, sending him spinning and into another car.
 

The five drivers don’t have to wait long to return to winning ways, with both the FIA Formula 3 Championship and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup back in action at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

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