Smith wins first GB3 race, as Power claims double podium

Monday 25 July, 2022
Indycar Series 
Will Power has edged closer to the NTT Indycar Series lead after a fruitful weekend in Iowa. 

The series held a double round at Iowa Speedway on the weekend and Power finished with two podiums, putting himself just eight points behind championship leader Marcus Ericsson.

All weekend, the Queenslander was at the front of the grid, securing pole position for both Saturday's 250 and Sunday's Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300.

Although he didn’t come away with any victories, it was still a strong weekend for Power, who picked up the fastest lap in both races, as well as led the field for 23 laps during Saturday’s race and 80 for Sunday’s outing. 

Power ended up finishing third behind race winner and Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden in Saturday’s race, with Pato O’Ward splitting the two in second place. 

On Sunday, Power again lost top spot but was on track for a third place finish, only for race leader Newgarden to have a late big crash, which promoted Power to second behind O’Ward.

Rounding out Sunday’s podium behind Power was three-time Repco Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin, who had recovered nicely after a forgettable race one, in which he finished P22.

The duo will have their third round in as many weeks this weekend with the Gallagher Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Saturday. 

FIA Formula 2 Championship
Calan Williams and Jack Doohan have both had decent rounds at Circuit Paul Ricard in the FIA Formula 2 Championship on the weekend.

Doohan was once again faster than Williams in qualifying, which made a big difference when it came to both of the championship’s two races – Doohan qualifying in P4, Williams in P13.

With the reverse-grid sprint race up first, Doohan was relegated to the fourth row, but made some good progress throughout the outing to finish in fourth place. 

Williams also made up some ground during the shortened race and came ever so close to his second points finish for the year – crossing the line in P11. 

It was a tough pill to swallow for the West Australian, who was also on track for the fastest lap until race winner Liam Lawson snatched it on the last lap.

In the feature race, Doohan didn’t have the same fortune as he did on Saturday, finishing one place lower than where he started in fifth, but still with good points, while Williams finished where he started in P13. 

It’s back-to-back weekends for F2 with category to join the Formula 1 World Championship’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on 29-31 July. 

Porsche Mobil1 Supercup
There were two Australians competing in the Porsche Mobile1 Supercup in France on the weekend with the category part of the French Grand Prix support card.

Both Aaron Love and Stephen Grove have had solid seasons in in the 2022 Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Championship and the duo would have hoped to replicate that form at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Unfortunately, neither of them could break into the outright top 10 when it came to the race though, with Love finishing in 19th and Grove in 30th.

GB3 Championship
Tommy Smith has picked up his first win of the 2022 GB3 Championship season in what was a dramatic round for the championship, while Marcos Flack enjoyed his strongest weekend to date.

With the championship venturing out of the United Kingdom and into Belgium for the round at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, there was plenty of action for the three rounds, involving both Aussies. 

Flack had the better start of the two and finished inside the top 10 for both the opening feature races, with his middle result of fifth coming after his 10th place opening result. 

Smith on the other hand was towards the back of the grid for both races, finishing the opening race in P14 and the second race in P19.

The Victorian’s big moment came in the final reverse grid race where he led for much of the race, only to lose the lead in the dying stages where he dropped to second.

However with a big crash late in the race and the driver ahead receiving a red flag infringement, Smith got promoted to first and claimed the win.

"It was a tricky one, I got a really good restart after the red flag, and I thought I had a big enough gap down the back straight but Voisin got into the slipstream I guess and passed me." Smith said.

"To get that first win after the weekend I had … I'll take them any way they come! We’ve been to Silverstone already so hopefully we can have a good time there."

Flack on the on the other hand finished the final race ninth to move up a few spots on the outright standings. 

The championship returns to Silverstone for another round the sixth round of the weekend on 29-31 July.

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