Aussie action aplenty in Europe

Monday 12 September, 2022
James Allen was just one of many Aussies competing in Europe over the weekend.

FIA World Endurance Championship

James Allen has remained in the hunt for a LMP2 Pro/Am Trophy title in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship after finishing on the class podium during the 6 Hours of Fuji.
 
Driving alongside Austrian René Binder and American Steven Thomas for Portuguese outfit Algarve Pro Racing, the trio started the weekend in solid form, qualifying in 17th overall.
 
An unfortunate lock up saw the Oreca O7 car severely damaged and the team’s hopes of a finish in doubt, however the Algarve Pro Racing worked hard to get the track back on track.
 
Allen and his teammates then did what they could to salvage a result, with the team overcoming their issues to secure the class podium and keeping them in reach of the class title.
 
The final round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship is the 8 Hours of Bahrain on 12 November, while Allen is in action again later this month for the European Le Mans Series’ 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on 25 September.

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Euroformula Open Championship

Christian Mansell has had a tough weekend at the Red Bull Ring with the teenager losing ground on championship leader Oliver Goethe.
 
Entering the weekend second on the standings behind Goethe, Mansell had a solid outing in the opening race, finishing in second place having gained the most positions throughout the race. 
 
Unfortunately, he finished behind Goethe, however he was able to overcome the Dane in the second race with the duo finishing fifth and sixth respectively.  
 
While Goethe finished the third race on the podium in second, Mansell just missed out in fourth, losing to race two winner Vladislav Lomko – the Frenchman closing the gap on Mansell to just seven points.
 
With just two rounds remaining in the championship, just seven points separates Mansell and Lomko in the battle for second, while both drivers remain in mathematical contention for the outright title with Goethe 83 points ahead.
 
The next round of the Euroformula Open Championship will be at Monza on 24-25 September.

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GB3 Championship

Marcos Flack and Tommy Smith have both endured difficult outings in the penultimate round of the GB3 Championship season at Brands Hatch, with neither able to secure top 10 finishes. 
 
Coming off a maiden win in the previous round, Flack was unable to replicate his efforts across the weekend’s three races – his best result of P16 coming in the final race.
 
Unfortunately, being a reverse grid race, Flack didn’t gain any points for his efforts despite making up three positions.
 
The Victorian did gain points earlier in the round; however, he wasn’t able to add much to his overall tally with a 17th and 20th place.
 
Smith on the hand, enjoyed better results in the opening two races with 13th in the opener and 11th in the weekend’s middle race, while he finished just behind Flack in 17th in the final race. 
 
The final round of the championship will be at Donington Park on 15-16 October.
 

French F4 Championship

Hugh Barter has moved slightly ahead of the French F4 Championship standings after three consecutive podiums at Circuit de Lédenon on the weekend.
 
As the only driver to place on the podium in all three races, Barter produced a number of impressive moments throughout, which started off with a win in the opening outing.
 
Having begun in P3, Barter overcame a slow start to jump from third to first in one move – putting him in front of main title rival Alessandro Giusti, with the Frenchman finishing second after starting pole.
 
In the reverse grid race, Barter put on a masterclass as he charged through the field to finish second after starting ninth, the gap between the two title contenders extended further after Giusti crossed the line in fourth.
 
Starting on pole in third and final race, Giusti defended well and prevented the Australian from making it past him, claiming his first official win of the year – Barter finishing second with the duo finishing first and second respectively.
 
Just 28 points separate the two now with two rounds remaining, the next installment of their battle taking place at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Spain this weekend.

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Italian F4 Championship

James Wharton has enjoyed three solid results in the Italian F4 Championship’s visit to the Red Bull Ring on the weekend, with a podium in the opening race the highlight.
 
The Victorian started the weekend off strong with a second place to Irishman Alex Dunne, before dropping to sixth in the second race. 
 
After taking the mandatory gap for the third race, the teenager bounced back in the round’s fourth and final race – a P4 keeping him ahead of Polish driver Kacper Sztuka in the standings.
 
With Dunne nabbing two wins and a podium for the weekend, he moved further ahead of Wharton in the standings with 47 points now the difference between the third and fourth placed drivers.
 
The Italian F4 Championship continues next month at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on 7-9 October.

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Formula 2 Championship

In a weekend where the FIA Formula 2 Championship crowned its 2022 champion in Felipe Drugovich, Jack Doohan would have been hoping to improve on his previous weekend in Zandvoort.

The young Queenslander would have had plenty of confidence too, with his third pole position for the weekend’s round at Monza setting him up nicely.



Doohan backed up his pole position with a solid sixth place in the reverse-grid reverse race having started from 10th place, however his luck ended ahead of the feature race.
 
Having stalled on the formation lap, Doohan had the same issue take place when the race begun as he ended up losing eight places off the line. 
 
His day went from bad to worse when he had contact with eventual race winner Jehan Daruvala which resulted in a collision with Logan Sargeant – Doohan and Sargeant ultimately forced to retire, making it two DNFs in as many weeks.
 
Doohan wasn’t the only Aussie to retire from a chaotic feature race at Monza with Calan Williams the seventh driver to retire from the race after hitting the barriers during a battle with David Beckmann.
 
It was a tough way to end the weekend for the West Australian, who had shown plenty of pace in the sprint race where he finished P14 – a purple sector almost securing him the race’s fastest lap. 
 
The championship now has a significant gap with the season finale to take place at Yas Marina Circuit on 19 November.

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DTM Trophy

Ricky Capo has had a mixed weekend in the DTM Trophy Series at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
 
It was a decent start for the KÜS Team Bernhard driver as he steered the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport to a top five finish in the opening race, which included an impressive pass on championship leader Tim Heinemann.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t replicate his form in the second race of the round, finishing 14th overall after starting in 12th. 
 

Although it was a difficult weekend, Capo still made his way up the standings – closing in on the 12th placed J.P Southern with now six points separating them.
 
The final round of the DTM Trophy takes place at the Hockenheimring on 8-9 October. 

2022 Nürburgring Langstrecken Series

Caitlin Wood has had a difficult return to the Nürburgring Langstrecken Series after her team’s BMW 328i Racing was forced to retire.
 
Racing alongside Germans Detlef Stelbrink, Fabian Pirrone and Matthias Möller for Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing, the quartet had a decent start, qualifying within the top 100. 
 
Unfortunately, they were not able to finish the race with a team forced to retire during the final stint of the event – their car stopping on lap 65.

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