Williams bags double win in Misano

Monday 20 May, 2024
Calan Williams picked up two wins in the GT World Challenge Europe's Silver Cup at Misano.
Calan Williams has enjoyed an almost perfect round in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe over the weekend, taking out two wins in the Silver Cup.
With the series holding its third round of the season at the famous Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Williams and teammate Sam De Haan proved too strong for the class, comfortably winning both races.
Their efforts for a perfect weekend fell just short in Qualifying though as they secured a class pole for the opening race before qualifying second for race two.
Despite the minor setback, when it came to the races, they steered the Team WRT BMW M4 GT3 to the two wins with an outright fifth place in race one and outright 10th place in race two – their efforts in the second race seeing them gain six places overall during the 38-lap affair.
Williams and De Haan’s victories see the duo move to the top of the Silver Cup standings with a slender lead of two and a half points – a brilliant result considering they missed the opening round of the season.
In Austria, a couple of Aussies were in action at the iconic Red Bull Ring in Spielberg with both Noah Lisle contesting Eurocup 3 and Kamal Mrad the Formula 4 CEZ Championship.
It was a monumental weekend for Mrad in his Formula 4 CEZ debut as he claimed both a maiden F4 pole position and victory during the three races.
Mrad got off to the perfect start for the weekend with his first well-deserved pole position, which saw him claim top spot by just two hundredths of a second.
Unfortunately, the first race of the weekend didn’t go as planned for the young New South Welshman as he wasn’t able to capitalise on his pole position, ultimately dropping to seventh.
Although he was forced to start the next two races from seventh, it didn’t deter the teenager, who made up four places in the second race to score a podium place, before doing the same in the final race – only this time he managed to make it to top spot and win his first ever Formula 4 race by half a second.
Mrad’s productive weekend saw him jump to fourth on the overall standings ahead of the third round at the Automotodróm Slovakia Ring early next month.
In Eurocup, Lisle had a more mixed weekend behind the wheel but finished both of the competition’s races inside the points.

Qualifying in sixth for the first race, Lisle managed to make up a place by taking advantage of his Campos Racing teammate, Christian Ho’s retirement.
Unfortunately, Lisle’s competitive lap time in Qualifying 2 was deleted due to exceeding track limits, demoting him to 15th for the second race. A strong effort during the race though saw him make up three places before being elevated to 10th post-race.
Across the Atlantic Ocean in the United States, Aussies dominated the first round of the US F4 Championship with Daniel Quimby, Connor Roberts and Nicholas Stati locking out the podium in all three races.
Stati was the first to draw blood of the three Aussies at the famous Road America circuit, converting his pole position into the win over Quimby and Roberts in race one.
Quimby managed to pass Stati off the line at the start of the second race and never relinquished the lead as he grabbed his first win of the season despite Stati applying all sorts of pressure.
In the end, Stati dropped to third after Roberts managed to overcome a big deficit on him and force an error from the West Australian late in the race to snatch second place.
For the final race, it was an unchanged top three as Quimby led Roberts and Stati across the line to make it two wins in a row.
Also running on the weekend was the Fanatec GT World Challenge America, which saw Tom Sargent in action at the famous Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Racing alongside Kyle Washington in the GMG Racing prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R, Sargent didn't have the best of weekends as the duo finished the first race seventh in the Pro-Am class and 10th overall, before dropping to 10th in class and 14th overall in the second race.
In the NTT IndyCar Series, Will Power managed to score a front row start to this weekend iconic Indianapolis 500.
Power just missed out pole position by two hundredths of a second, losing out to Team Penske teammate and three-time Supercars champion, New Zealander Scott McLaughlin.
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