Aussies fare well in British open wheelers

Monday 27 June, 2022
Tommy Smith had a mixed weekend at Croft Circuit in the GB3 Championship.
GB3 Championship
Tommy Smith and Marcos Flack have both had mixed weekends in the GB3 Championship’s round at Snetterton Circuit, yet finished on a high.
 
Unfortunately neither had much luck in the opening race of the weekend with Flack finishing 15th overall, while Smith was unable to finish and retired.
 
Both drivers were able to finish the second race, however Flack wasn’t able to progress any further than 15th, while Smith ended up P18 and claimed a championship point.
 
However, each driver’s fortune would change in the third and final race of the weekend with Flack getting his first podium for the year.
 
Smith also made up three positions during the race to end the race behind Flack on the podium, but was given a post-race penalty for a jump start and to drop to fourth.

Even though it was a bittersweet end, it was still a happy end to the weekend as both Flack and Smith left Snetterton higher on the standings than when they entered.
 
The championship now heads to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the next round on 23-24 July.  

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British Formula 4 Championship
Noah Lisle has enjoyed one of his best weekends in the 2022 British Formula 4 Championship season.
 
After a tough round at Oulton Park earlier this month, Lisle bounced back in style and finished in the points twice throughout the weekend.
 
He didn’t get the best of starts and finished outside the top 10 in the opening race, however he had much more fortune in Sunday’s reverse grid race.
 
Starting from P13, Lisle made up seven spots during the race, the most of any driver, and reached the chequered flag in fifth place and claiming the Rookie Cup win in the process – his first for the year.
 
In the final race, the West Australian did his best to stay inside the top 10 and finished ninth overall and third in the Rookie Cup.
 
The season resumes late next month with Knockhill Racing Circuit hosting the next round on 30-31 July.

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ADAC Formula 4 Championship
James Wharton has had a frustrating run in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship despite bagging plenty of points in the round at the Circuit Zandvoort.
 
Across the round’s three races, Wharton was unable to make up any places even after showing good pace across all three.
 
Wharton would have had confidence heading into the opening race after qualifying in P3, however he lost two places and crossed the line fifth.
 
In race two, the Ferrari Driver Academy driver started off in fourth place and defended his position well to finish there, however he couldn’t make inroads on fellow Prema Racing driver Charlie Wurz who rounded out the podium.
 
Wharton again lost places in the final outing for the round, having started from fourth and finished in sixth.
 
The teenager didn’t walk away empty handed though and came away with three runner-up placings in the Rookie Cup.  
 
Wharton will have no time to rest as he is again in action for the third consecutive weekend – contesting in the Italian F4 Championship at Vallelunga Circuit.

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Matt Campbell has celebrated his recent appointment as a new Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963 prototype factory driver with a podium at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.
 
The Queenslander would have entered the round full of confidence after the announcement and certainly delivered during the six-hour race.
 
Alongside regular teammate Mathieu Jaminet in the Pfaff Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3RM, the duo occupied fifth in the GTD Pro class for much of the weekend, having finished practice and qualified there on Saturday.
 
Both put in good stints behind the wheel during the race, and they managed to gain a place with Jaminet guiding the car home in fourth place.
 
Following a post-race penalty to the team ahead, the duo was then elevated to the podium and extended their lead at the top of the class standings.
 
It’s back-to-back rounds for the championship with the next outing to take place this weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as part of the Chevrolet Grand Prix.

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