2018 Formula Challenge Round 3 Race Report

Formula Challenge visited Baku for the first time last week. Here is our race report.

Editor’s note: We are still struggling with technical difficulties, which is why this Race Report is rather late and quite short. 

After the second round of the 2018 Formula Challenge season STAX Racing was second in the Teams’ Championship with 92 points, behind Red Arrow Racing (102 points) and in front of McKinley Engineering (54). Travelling to Baku, the team’s goal was to close the gap to Red Arrow Racing with a good result on the tight and difficult circuit.

Not exactly the best of starts…

Race 1: Adrian Campfield qualified a strong second for the first race. In Turn 1, he made slight contact with Maguire, which compromised his exit speed. As a result, Chris rear-ended Adrian, who then hit the wall, bounced back and hit Chris again, resulting in a half-spin. After a messy T1, Adrian was in P4 but struggled with a bent suspension, which is why Chris was able to pass Adrian in the first lap, shortly followed by Leonov in Lap 2. The race went from bad to worse when Adrian spun and hit the wall in Turn 12. He had to wait until the whole grid passed him until he could continue. He pitted in the same lap and rejoined the race after a lengthy repair in P29. Unfortunately, he then clipped the wall again after Turn 6 and decided to retire from the race.

Chris Shepherd started the race one place behind Adrian in P3. As previously mentioned, he rear-ended Adrian in T1 and as a result also made contact with Wesley Stefano. After the dust settled, he found himself in fifth position, but was able to pass his teammate in the first lap. In the next laps, he closed the gap to Stefano ahead of him, but Chris wasn’t able to pass him just yet. On Lap 8, he used the MDR driver’s slipstream on the Start-Finish-Straight to pass him going into Turn 1. However, Stefano was able to come back at Chris just one lap later, passing him at the same exact spot. On lap 12, Chris made contact with the wall and was unable to fight for more positions, which meant he finished the race in P4.

Race 2: Since he retired early in the first race, Adrian started the second race from 27th place. He gained a lot of positions in the opening laps. On lap seven, he was able to pass Ziubinski on the Start-Finish-Straight for ninth place. After Dabrowski retired from the race, Adrian closed the gap to Richards in front of him. He tried to attack him on the last lap, but wasn’t able to pull off an overtaking maneuvre before the race finished. Adrian finished the race in ninth position, which means that he gained 19 places during the race. He also set the fastest lap of the race, beating his teammate by six hundreds of a second.

Butcher hitting the wall after passing his teammate.

Chris lined up in eight position at the start. After gaining two places, he was able to overtake Early on lap three. Shortly after that, Veit spun and retired from the race, which meant that Chris was now chasing Konig and the two Red Arrow Racing cars of Jundt and Butcher. Both of the Red Arrows and Chris were able to overtake Konig in the following laps. On lap six, Jundt lifted to let his teammate pass. However, Butcher overshot the following corner and heavily crashed into the wall, severely damaging his car. This meant that Chris was now in P2, chasing Jundt. On the next lap, Jundt had a less than optimal exit out of Turn 2, enabling Chris to attack and pass the Swiss driver for the lead. However, Jundt fought back and regained the lead after passing Chris on the long Start-Finish-Straight. With three laps to go, Chris tried to pass Jundt once more. He pulled off an overtake after battling with Jundt in Turn 1 and 2. This time, he was able to build a gap to Jundt and subsequently won the second race.

Yet again, our drivers showed very good pace. Both Adrian and Chris were able to set very good lap times in qualifying and in the races. But while the pace was there, we felt we could have done better than to close the gap to Red Arrow Racing by just one point. Nevertheless, this only motived us to do even better in the next round of the 2018 Formula Challenge Season.

After the third round of the season, STAX Racing is second in the Teams’ Championship with 138 points, behind Red Arrow Racing (147 points) and in front of Royal Blue Racing (74). Adrian Campfield dropped to fourth in the Drivers’ Championship while Chris Shepherd is now in second place.

Next up will be the Spanish Round at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on April 10th, 2018. Below, you can find the broadcast and the results tables of the Azerbaijan GP.

Broadcast

Results

QualifyingRace 1Race 2
Pos Driver Nat Team Time/Gap S1 S2 S3
1 Luke Maguire Shift Gear 01:51.016 48.678 32.996 29.341
2 Adrian Campfield STAX + 0.022 48.768 32.860 29.409
3 Chris Shepherd STAX + 0.142 48.893 32.896 29.369
4 Wesley Stefano MDR + 0.267 49.157 32.923 29.203
5 Chris Butcher Red Arrow + 0.365 48.979 33.138 29.264
6 Marc Veit Cenobite + 0.527 48.928 33.245 29.371
7 Mateusz Dabrowski WSL + 0.534 49.283 33.086 29.180
8 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech + 0.553 49.252 33.068 29.249
9 Sandeep Chodha CM-Tech + 0.633 49.270 33.200 29.180
10 Konrad Zerebiec GPVWC Academy + 0.647 48.845 33.356 29.462
11 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay + 0.799 49.248 33.110 29.456
12 Cameron Rodger Idos + 0.856 49.437 33.094 29.340
13 Ivan Leonov Cenobite + 0.916 49.417 33.395 29.121
14 James Early Royal Blue + 1.028 49.383 33.207 29.453
15 David Jundt Red Arrow + 1.049 49.284 33.441 29.340
16 Harry Graham Downforce + 1.091 49.373 33.339 29.395
17 Michal Galka Idos + 1.189 49.588 33.328 29.289
18 Philipp Konig TR Motorsports + 1.249 49.503 33.293 29.469
19 Mateusz Ziubinski WSL + 1.295 49.502 33.458 29.350
20 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue + 1.307 49.324 33.387 29.611
21 Tom Davison Downforce + 1.514 49.742 33.369 29.419
22 Ben Willis Apex PFX + 1.601 49.753 33.374 29.489
23 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear + 1.692 49.450 33.480 29.778
24 Balint Hammer Drillers + 2.250 50.127 33.708 29.430
25 Dominic Foster McKinlay + 2.284 50.023 33.803 29.474
26 Rauno Muru TTF + 2.447 49.918 34.063 29.481
27 Bret Metcalf TTF + 3.915 50.613 34.407 29.910
28 Kevin Peters TR Motorsports + 4.329 50.923 34.390 30.032
Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Luke Maguire Shift Gear 13 24:23.866 0 1 +0

 
25
2 Wesley Stefano MDR 13 + 6.426 0 4 +2

20
3 Chris Butcher Red Arrow 13 + 6.437 0 5 +2

16
4 Chris Shepherd STAX 13 + 10.708 0 3 -1

13
5 Ivan Leonov Cenobite 13 + 12.961 0 12 +7

11
6 Cameron Rodger Idos 13 + 24.334 0 11 +5

10
7 Marc Veit Cenobite 13 + 32.221 0 25 +18

9
8 David Jundt Red Arrow 13 + 32.242 0 14 +6

8
9 Philipp Konig TR Motorsports 13 + 40.114 0 17 +8

7
10 Dominic Foster McKinlay 13 + 43.014 0 23 +13

6
11 James Early Royal Blue 13 + 43.071 0 13 +2

5
12 Rauno Muru TTF 13 + 47.778 0 24 +12

4
13 Matthew Clipp MDR 13 + 53.407 0 30 +17

3
14 Tom Davison Downforce 13 + 57.282 0 20 +6

2
15 Bret Metcalf TTF 13 + 70.056 0 26 +11

1
16 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue 13 + 74.226 1 19 +3

0
17 Balint Hammer Drillers 13 + 89.021 1 29 +12

0
18 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech 13 + 90.469 1 7 -11

0
19 Ben Willis Apex PFX 13 + 93.316 1 21 +2

0
20 Matt Richards Apex PFX 13 + 98.272 1 28 +8

0
21 Michal Galka Idos 13 + 100.298 1 16 -5

0
22 Kevin Peters TR Motorsports 12 +1 laps 1 27 +5

0
23 Mateusz Dabrowski WSL 6 DNF 0 6 -17

0
24 Sandeep Chodha CM-Tech 5 DNF 1 8 -16

0
25 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay 5 DNF 1 10 -15

0
26 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 4 DNF 0 22 -4

0
27 Konrad Zerebiec GPVWC Academy 4 DNF 0 9 -18

0
28 Harry Graham Downforce 4 DNF 0 15 -13

0
29 Adrian Campfield STAX 3 DNF 1 2 -27

0
30 Mateusz Ziubinski WSL 2 DNF 2 18 -12

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Chris Shepherd STAX 13 24:33.237 0 8 +7

25
2 David Jundt Red Arrow 13 + 1.334 0 4 +2

20
3 James Early Royal Blue 13 + 6.296 0 1 -2

16
4 Philipp Konig TR Motorsports 13 + 8.649 0 3 -1

13
5 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue 13 + 9.422 0 16 +11

11
6 Harry Graham Downforce 13 + 13.936 0 26 +20

10
7 Matt Richards Apex PFX 13 + 16.255 0 20 +13

9
8 Adrian Campfield STAX 13 + 16.499 0 27 +19

 
8
9 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay 13 + 32.440 0 24 +15

7
10 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 13 + 41.225 0 25 +15

6
11 Matthew Clipp MDR 13 + 43.979 0 13 +2

5
12 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech 13 + 44.015 0 18 +6

4
13 Wesley Stefano MDR 13 + 47.440 0 10 -3

3
14 Rauno Muru TTF 13 + 56.762 0 12 -2

2
15 Chris Butcher Red Arrow 13 + 65.047 1 9 -6

1
16 Ben Willis Apex PFX 13 + 85.476 1 19 +3

0
17 Luke Maguire Shift Gear 13 + 95.597 1 11 -6

0
18 Tom Davison Downforce 13 + 97.290 1 14 -4

0
19 Bret Metcalf TTF 12 +1 laps 2 15 -4

0
20 Mateusz Dabrowski WSL 10 DNF 0 22 +2

0
21 Mateusz Ziubinski WSL 8 DNF 0 28 +7

0
22 Cameron Rodger Idos 8 DNF 0 6 -16

0
23 Marc Veit Cenobite 5 DNF 1 5 -18

0
24 Balint Hammer Drillers 4 DNF 0 17 -7

0
25 Michal Galka Idos 3 DNF 0 21 -4

0
26 Sandeep Chodha CM-Tech 2 DNF 0 23 -3

0
27 Dominic Foster McKinlay 1 DNF 0 2 -25

0
28 Ivan Leonov Cenobite 1 DNF 1 7 -21

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

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