Mixed results in F2, while Aussie gets podium in Germany

Monday 28 March, 2022
Jack Doohan was one of a few Aussies in action over the weekend.
FIA Formula 2 Championship
Jack Doohan and Calan Williams scored mixed results in the FIA Formula 2 Championship’s second round of the year, racing at the Jeddah International Circuit.
 
Both drivers went into the second round hoping to improve from their tough opening weekends in Bahrain and each had contrasting results across both races.
 
Doohan got the better start of the two, qualifying in third place before being disqualified due to a technical breach when not enough fuel could be taken from the car for post-race tests – meaning he had to start both the sprint and feature race from the back of the grid.
 
Williams on the other hand enjoyed another decent qualifying session and showcased his raw pace with eighth.
 
As a result, the West Australian was elevated to third place for the reverse grid sprint race and held firm before gaining the lead midway through the action-packed race.
 
Unfortunately, he was unable to hold onto first place following a safety car intervention, which was brought on by a Doohan crash with Logan Sargeant, and eventually Williams dropped down to fifth after struggling for pace late in the race.
 
He was then promoted to fourth post-race after podium getter Jake Hughes received a penalty following a technical breach.
 

It was opposite fortunes in the feature race as an alternative strategy for Doohan allowed him to climb an impressive 11 places, while Williams’ loss of pace again saw him drop down the field to finish 13th. 

Although his results haven’t gone to plan in all four of the championship’s races so far in 2022, Doohan has been one of the quickest in the championship so far and his pace was again on show in Jeddah.
 
Just like he did in Bahrain, Doohan charged up the field and produced some great moves to finish P9 and claim two valuable points.
 
Testing in Barcelona awaits the championship contenders next, before their third round takes place at Imola on 23-24 April.  
 
Nürburgring Endurance Series
Josh Burdon claimed a huge result in the 2022 Nürburgring Endurance Series’ first round of the year, picking a podium in the ADAC Westfalenfahrt.
 
Taking place on the famous Nürburgring in Germany, 128 entries across a number of classes took part in the four-hour race, with Burdon finishing third overall.  
 
Driving for KCMG in the Hong Kong based team’s Porsche 911 GT3 R, Burdon played a major role in helping the team secure a podium, with Norwegian teammate Dennis Olsen also driving well.
 
Starting the race from P13, the duo each produced strong stints as they navigated their way up the field throughout the endurance race and eventually made it to third.

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Although they were 34 seconds off the second placed AUDI R8 LMS GT3, piloted by Jusuf Owega and Christopher Mies, the latter fresh from his Motorsport Australia GT Championship round win at the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships in Phillip Island earlier this month, the fight for third was significantly closer.
 
With three cars in the battle for the final podium placing, just five seconds separated the Tasmanian and the Haupt Racing Team’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo in the end, while the Schubert Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 was a further four seconds behind.

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Burdon wasn’t the only Aussie featuring in the endurance race, with Caitlin Wood enjoying her first race for the year with a strong performance of her own.
 
Racing with Adrenalin Motorsport in the series’ VT2 R+4 class alongside British driver Alex Toth-Jones and German Julian Hanses, the trio ended up fifth in class and 69th overall.
 
Having qualified P6 in class and 89th overall, each driver enjoyed solid stints behind the wheel of the team’s BMW 330i, especially Wood, who had to deal with plenty of chaos for much of her stint.
 
The next round of the series is the NIMEX DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen on 9 April. 
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