The final third of the GPVWC 2017 Formula Challenge season has begun. Here are our race reports from Singapore and Japan.
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With just six more rounds in this year’s Formula Challenge season, STAX Racing was second in the Constructors’ Championship behind Scuderia Basilea. Menno Klont was fourth in the Drivers’ Championship, followed by Chris Shepherd in fifth place. Liam de Waal, who drove for EJ Engineering and STAX Racing earlier in the season, was tenth in the championship. Please note: Due to the fact that the next round is only days away and the previous two rounds were held some time ago, we will post only short race reports this time.
Marina Bay Street Circuit (September 5th, 2017)
Race 1: Menno started the race from 25th place. After a couple of corners, he gained a lot of places and was in 17th position when, not for the first time this season, he suffered from a disconnect. He later resumed the race, but finished down the grid in 23rd place. Chris started the race from third position and gained one spot in the opening lap. After that, he was able to gain some space to the guys behind him and finished the race second behind Maciej Mlynek.
Race 2: Menno started from 23rd position and was involved in a crash at Turn 1. He was able to continue and was 16th after the first lap but unfortunately was victim of yet another crash in Turn 1 in the second lap. He had to pit for a new frontwing and rejoined the race in 23rd position, ultimately finsihing in 17th place. Chris started the race from P11 and gained six places in the first lap. He was able to lap almost a second quicker than anyone else and gained a place every few laps. Later on, he was also able to take advantage of spins from Gerber and Schroten on lap 8 and 10 respectively to finish on the top step of the podium.
Suzuka Circuit (September 19th, 2017)
Race 1: Menno started the race from P13 and was able to overtake Matthew Clipp on the first lap. After that, he had a battle with Bruno Sousa Ferreira that lasted multiple laps while gaining some more positions. During the last few laps, he got pressure from behind from Roy Schroten, but he was able to finish the first race in P6. Chris started from fifth position. On the second lap, he made contact with Lindbergh going into Turn 1 and gained one position. One lap later, Butcher spun infront of Chris. On Lap 6, second-placed Marquard had an offtrack moment, and Chris was able to take his place. He finished the first race in second position.
Race 2: Menno started the second race of the evening from tenth position. He overtook Clipp and Andriamiharisoa during the first two laps and gained two more positions when Sousa Ferreira and Schroten crashed on lap 3. On lap 8, Menno was able to pass Paul Joseph and, on the follwing lap, Dabrowski spun directly infront of Menno. The Dutchman finished the race in fourth position. Chris started the race from P14 and lost a couple of places during the opening lap. On lap 2, Michal Galka missed the final chicane and crashed into Chris when he re-entered the track. After a 360 degree spin, Chris was able to resume the race in 19th position. At the end of the fourth lap, the Englishman was in P15 already and he had some intense battles in the midfield. On the ninth lap, he had a spin in the S-Curves and he ultimatevly finished the race outside the points in P17.
With just four more rounds in this year’s Formula Challenge season, STAX Racing is second in the Constructors’ Championship behind Scuderia Basilea and ahead of
On the next page, you can find the broadcasts of both the Singaporean and Japanese rounds. On the third page, you can find the qualifying and race results.