Podiums galore for Aussies in Spa

Monday 20 June, 2022
Christian Mansell ended up with two podiums on the weekend.
2022 Euroformula Open Championship
Christian Mansell has produced another consistent round in the Euroformula Open Championship to stay second place on the outright standings after four rounds.
With the weekend’s round taking place at the Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Mansell was hopeful of bettering his results from his maiden visit to the Belgian track last year.
The Victorian improved significantly on last year’s performance right from the get-go as he qualified in P3 before wrestling his way into second place in the opening race.
Starting race two in P5, Mansell ended up making up lots of ground and charged to the lead, only to just lose it after an entertaining battle with championship leader Oliver Goethe.
The round then wrapped up with a chaotic race that left Mansell working hard for a hattrick of podiums, however he missed out by the smallest of margins in two thousandths of a second and had to settle for fourth place.
Although he claimed the fastest lap, another win to Goethe saw the Dane extend his lead over Mansell to 65 points with five rounds to go.
It’s a small break for the championship with Hungary's Hungaroring to host the fifth round on 8-10 July.  

International GT Open
Jordan Love has enjoyed a successful debut in the International GT Open after finishing the 57-lap endurance race on the outright podium.
Racing for German outfit Haupt Racing Team alongside British driver Frank Bird, the duo had a good start to the weekend and qualified in sixth place.
Love had the honour of starting the race and both he and Bird went on to produce good stints behind the wheel before the West Australian continued with his fast pace to steer the Mercedes AMG GT3 Evo to second across the line.
It was Love’s first podium for a while and the duo now sit sixth on the championship despite having missed the opening two rounds of the season.
The fourth round will also be at the Hungaroring early next month, with Love yet to commit to a deal that will see him complete in the round.

Italian F4 Championship
James Wharton has endured another mixed weekend in the Italian F4 Championship, having ended the third round of the season in fourth place.
With the category also racing at Spa, Wharton had a strong start to the weekend and posted good times in the practice sessions before claiming second and third in the two qualifying sessions.
Wharton was able to stay inside the top three for the opening race as he secured his third podium in as many rounds, before dropping a couple of places in the second race.
Unfortunately, he was involved in an incident in the final race and retired as a result.
The DNF saw him lose more ground on his Prema Racing teammates Andrea Kimi Antonelli and Rafael Câmara with the former winning three races to close the gap on the latter for the championship lead to just three points.

It’s back-to-back rounds for Wharton, who will now head to the Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands for the third round of the ADAC Formula 4 Championship.
Donegal International Rally
Max McRae’s whirlwind tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland has begun on a high after the teenager secured a class podium in the Donegal International Rally.

With a bumper entry list of 160 crews entered in the outright component of the popular Irish tarmac rally, where they completed 301.45 competitive kilometres over 20 stages across three legs.
In what was his first ever international tarmac rally, McRae and regular RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship co-driver Mac Kierans showed plenty of pace throughout the three days, finishing 53rd outright and third in the RC4 class.
It was a bit of a slow start for McRae as he was unable to guide his Ford Fiesta ST above 91st during the first day, which is where he finished at the end of the six-stage day.
However, with plenty of attrition on the second day of action, McRae began to click into gear and put in consistent times and jumped to 69th by the end of the second day.
The 18-year-old made more headway on the third and final day and moved up multiple positions to slot into 53rd overall out of 114 finishing crews.
It was a mighty debut for McCrae, who will head to Chichester in England for the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed on 23-26 June.

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