Mixed weekend for Aussies abroad
Monday 28 September, 2020
Christian Mansell continued his good form in the British Formula 4 Championship.
Mansell recovers in mixed weekend
Christian Mansell has had a mixed weekend behind the wheel in the British Formula 4 Championship’s latest round at Silverstone with two top 10 finishes and a DNF.
Having qualified in P10 for the opening race, Mansell made up some ground early and was on track for a higher finish after working up the field, before a crash late in the race saw him retire.
Unaffected by his day one incident, Mansell bounced back in style for Sunday’s two races, starting off with a well-deserved seventh place in the first session after beginning the race in ninth.
The final race of the weekend begun like the first, with the 15-year-old qualifying in P10 before working his way up the field, only this time there was no late race drama and Mansell crossed the chequered flag in sixth.
While Mansell’s DNF proved to be a minor setback, he still made up ground in the outright standings, moving to eighth place, as well as extending his lead at the top of the Rookie Class to almost 50 points.
Mansell and the Championship now have two weeks off before returning for round seven of the season at Croft Circuit on 10–11 October.
Car holds position despite tough weekend
It’s been a long time between race meetings for the 2020 Formula Regional Americas Championship and it was a tough return for New South Welshman Joshua Car.
After a two month gap between races, Car headed into the round at Sebring International Raceway in fourth place on the outright standings. He had a strong start to the round, finishing where he begun the opening race in fourth.
However that was as good as it got for the 20-year-old with two retirements during Sunday’s two races.
In the first race of the day, Car was once again going steady after starting in fourth place but could only manage to finish nine laps before retiring from the race. It was a similar story in the final race of the weekend with another DNF just five laps in.
Car remains fourth in the standings but has a mountain to climb if he is to make it to the podium with 49 points separating he and Brazilian Victor Franzoni.
It’s a much shorter break until the next round with the Formula Regional Americas Championship returning this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.