Wharton, Anear and Sarandis represent Australia in Italy

Monday 06 June, 2022
James Wharton, Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis were in international action in Italy over the weekend.

Italian F4 Championship 

James Wharton had a mixed weekend in the second round of the Italian F4 Championship, as part of the ACI Racing Weekend in Misano. 
With the Italian F4 Championship having three races over the course of the round, Wharton had plenty of pace and was constantly in the running for podiums in all three races. 
Having qualified in P3 for the opener, the Victorian could not hold off the fast-charging drivers behind him and dropped off the podium as a result, but he still finished fifth. 
However, his fortunes turned in race two where he made up a place to finish third and secure his second podium for the year.  
Unfortunately, his good work was undone in the final race where he was involved in an incident and ended up not finishing the race.  
Wharton wasn’t the only Aussie in Misano on the weekend with Marcos Flack also contesting the round. 
Unlike Wharton, Flack was unable to secure any points across the weekend, which included a disappointing finish where he was involved in the incident that saw the final race red flagged through no fault of his own. 

Wharton finished the weekend fifth on the standings, while Flack is just outside the top 20.  
The next round of the Italian F4 Championship will be held later this month at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on 17-19 June. 


World Rally Championship 

Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis made their FIA World Rally Championship debut on the weekend having contested the Rally Italia Sardenga in Sardinia. 
With crews tackling more than 300 competitive kilometres across 21 brutal stages, the rally proved taxing on many individuals, however Anear and Sarandis made it through to the end.  
Behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta MkII, the duo ended up finishing 30th outright and 21st in WRC2. 
While they occupied the WRC2 mid-20s for much of the event, Anear and Sarandis’ best results came at the end of the Saturday’s competition where they finished 16th and 14th on the final two stages.
Taking out the event outright were Estonians Ott Tanak and Martin Järveoja. 
Click here to view the full results.


GT World Challenge Europe

Jordan Love enjoyed a solid run in the 6 Hours Paul Ricard over the weekend with the West Australian enjoying a top five class finish during the GT World Challenge Europe’s latest round. 
With more than 60 cars entered in the round, Love was driving alongside Jannes Fittje and Alain Valente in the Haupt Racing Team prepared Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the Silver Class in a competitive field of 17. 
Having posted the eighth fastest time in practice in class, the trio continued with their momentum in Qualifying 1 and posted the fifth fastest Silver Class time, before dropping a place in Qualifying 2. 

Despite showing pace in qualifying and being in contention for a podium, the team’s first pit stop was disastrous, and they lost around 40 seconds – demoting them well down the field. 
At the one and half hour mark, the trio were in P33 outright and 11th in class, however they slowly moved their way up the field as the race went on. 
Eventually they went on to finish the 1000km race fifth in the class and P16 overall, marking a great recovery drive from all three drivers. 
Click here to view the results.  

The next round of the GT World Challenge Europe will be at Zaandavort in the Netherland on 17-19 June. 
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