More podiums for Aussies in France

Monday 09 May, 2022
It was a successful weekend for some of our Aussies in Europe.

2022 Euroformula Open Championship 

Christian Mansell has moved closer to the top of the Euroformula Open Championship standings after another successful weekend behind the wheel.

The Victorian may not have won a race, however he ended up with two runner-up finishes, which was enough to bump him to second on the standings. 

With the round taking place on the streets of Pau in France, Mansell was constantly hovering around the top of the field all weekend. 

His good work started in the first qualifying session, where he came extremely close to securing pole position, but ultimately qualified in third. 

It was a similar result in the second qualifying session for the weekend, only this time, Mansell was actually sitting on pole before being knocked back to P3 later in the session. 

Despite missing out on a front row start in both races, Mansell managed to bring home the car in second in both races, including in the final race where he avoided lots of trouble on the opening lap. 

The teenager now sits just 19 points behind championship leader Oliver Goethe and 12 points clear of teammate Vladislav Lomko ahead of the next round at Circuit Paul Ricard on 21-22 May. 


French F4 Championship 

Hugh Barter has charged to the top of the French F4 Championship standings after a strong return of results during the latest round at the Pau Grand Prix. 

The Victorian entered the round having damaged his hand last time out, but showed no signs of pain as he picked up pole position in qualifying. 

Barter then claimed his third race win of the year after leading the field from lights to flag in a dominant display that also included the fastest lap bonus point. 

In the reverse grid race, Barter started in P9 and made plenty of headway during the outing to charge to fifth place and to the fastest lap once again.   

Moving back towards the front of the grid for the final race, Barter unfortunately wasn’t able to take out the win, but earned another podium finish, along with his third fastest lap bonus point. 

With two rounds having been completed in the championship, Barter now has a healthy 35-point lead over Souta Arao after the Japanese driver retired in the middle race.

The championship continues this weekend at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours.

GB3 Championship 

Tommy Smith has been unable to back up his maiden career podium from last month with the Victorian finishing all three races out of the top 10. 

Competing on a circuit familiar to him, Smith went into the round at Silverstone Circuit full of confidence but struggled to make up any headway during the three races. 

After another tough qualifying run, Smith finished the opening race in P14, before dropping back down to 16th in the second race of the weekend. 

Despite the tough start to his weekend, Smith’s best finish came in the last race where he finished P12. 

The GB3 Championship resumes later this month with the third round of the season at Donington Park on 28-29 May. 


Nürburgring 24 Hours 

Matt Campbell has had mixed preparation for the iconic Nürburgring 24 Hours race later this month despite a good performance in the first official qualifying race.   

Driving the Toksport WRT prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R alongside Julien Andlauer and regular teammate Matthieu Jaminet, the trio made up plenty of ground in the opening race.   

Starting from P14, each driver put in a good stint to help the team move up the field during the 21 laps in all sorts of conditions to finish in sixth place. 

It was a less than ideal second qualifier race as they didn’t finish and completed only 10 laps.     

The big race takes place later this month at the famous Nürburgring in Germany on 26-29 May.  

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