2018 Formula Challenge Round 5 Race Report

Love or loathe them, races in Monaco are always action packed. Here is our review of Formula Challenge’s fifth round.

Before the race in the principality, STAX Racing was second in the Teams’ Championship with 165 points, behind Red Arrow Racing (228 points) and in front of Royal Blue Racing (111). Adrian Campfield was sixth in the Drivers’ Championship while Chris Shepherd was in second place and looked forward to close the gap to Championship leader Chris Butcher.

Qualifying: After achieving STAX Racing’s first win in the Career Ladder on the streets of Monte Carlo one year ago, Chris Shepherd was determined to bounce back from a sub-optimal Spanish round. He had a very good qualifying, posting the second fastest lap and thus starting the race from the front row behind Cenobite Motorsports’ Matthew Williams.

Andrew Campfield started from P19. Even before the start of the season he told the team that he didn’t like the circuit. Additionally, he had technical problems during the races which held him back even more.

Race 1: After a very good start, Chris overtook Williams and entered the first corner in the lead. In the opening laps, Williams was able to stay right behind Chris, however there was already a gap to Angelone in third place. On Lap 14 out of 20, Williams made a small mistake in the Piscine section, loosing some ground to Chris, who went on to win the race.

Adrian had a more action-packed race. He also had a clean start, but lost two places in the opening lap. On Lap 2 he had a scary moment when he got loose going over the crest before the Nouvelle Chicane. By this point, his pedals were acting up, disconnecting and reconnecting at random times during the race. This of course meant that it was impossible for him to have a competitive race. On Lap 8, he touched the outside Kerb exiting the Portier Corner, which resulted in a 360 degree spin and a crash into the barrier. Adrian resumed the race in P20 and with heavy damage. After clipping the inside barrier in the final corner and crashing into the outside railguards, he decided it would be best to retire from the race and not to start the second race of the evening due to the previously mentioned hardware troubles.

Race 2: After winning the first race of the evening, Chris started the second race from P10. This time around, there was a bit of contact in Turn 1, which meant that Chris finished the first lap in P14 behind Leonov. In the following laps, he was able to gain some places. Then, on Lap 8, there was a huge pile-up in the Pool section. Chris managed to slow down for a crash infront of him, but the following car tagged him from behind, sending Chris in a 360 degree spin. When Chris got going again, he faced a blocked road with multiple cars on their non-existing roofs.

While avoiding the stranded cars cost Chris some time, he managed to gain a lot of positions after clearing the scene of the accident. In the following laps, he was able to close the gap to Leonov infront of him and attacked him on the last lap, but ultimatevly finished the race behind the Bulgarian driver in P10. Red Arrow’s David Jundt won the race.

Leaving Monaco, STAX Racing remains second in the Teams’ Championship with 196 points, behind Red Arrow Racing (263 points) and in front of Royal Blue Racing (130). Despite not scoring any points this time round, Adrian Campfield still is sixth in the Drivers’ Championship. Chris Shepherd (2nd) decreased the gap to Championship leader Chris Butcher to only 10 points.

The next round of the season will be held on May 8th, 2018 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. As always, you can find the broadcast and the results tables of the last round below.

Broadcast

Results

QualifyingRace 1Race 2
Pos Driver Nat Team Time/Gap S1 S2 S3 Laps
1 Matthew Williams Cenobite 01:16.071 21.812 37.842 16.417 12
2 Chris Shepherd STAX + 0.186 21.893 38.088 16.276 15
3 Manuel Martini Torrent + 0.537 21.976 38.175 16.457 17
4 Ivan Leonov Cenobite + 0.546 22.007 38.097 16.512 13
5 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay + 0.732 22.129 38.286 16.387 13
6 Harry Graham Downforce + 0.797 21.973 38.325 16.570 15
7 Sandeep Chodha CM-Tech + 0.800 21.910 38.358 16.602 14
8 Chris Butcher Red Arrow + 0.811 22.079 38.414 16.388 14
9 Luke Browning GPVWC Academy + 0.890 21.885 38.373 16.703 15
10 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear + 1.066 22.213 38.455 16.468 14
11 Lorenzo De Ciutiis GPVWC Academy + 1.115 22.111 38.519 16.556 13
12 Ross Woodford Shift Gear + 1.123 22.102 38.602 16.490 13
13 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech + 1.125 21.864 38.648 16.684 15
14 George Sutton TR Motorsports + 1.129 22.099 38.079 17.021 13
15 David Jundt Red Arrow + 1.201 22.057 38.451 16.764 14
16 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue + 1.291 22.090 38.582 16.690 13
17 Tom Davison Downforce + 1.328 22.178 38.493 16.729 14
18 Tomi Ylitalo Royal Blue + 1.395 21.976 38.698 16.793 14
19 Adrian Campfield STAX + 1.396 22.039 38.602 16.825 15
20 Michal Galka Schubert + 1.420 22.245 38.697 16.549 13
21 Rauno Muru TTF + 2.107 22.283 39.037 16.858 12
22 Wesley Stefano MDR + 2.150 22.195 38.992 17.034 9
23 Ben Willis Apex PFX + 2.161 22.278 39.206 16.748 10
24 Matthew Clipp MDR + 2.323 22.440 39.089 16.865 8
25 Dominic Foster McKinlay + 3.097 22.687 39.341 17.139 11
26 Ed Williams Schubert + 4.028 22.805 40.062 17.232 9
27 Bret Metcalf TTF + 4.600 22.977 40.285 17.410 5
Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Chris Shepherd STAX 20 26:01.712 0 2 +1

25
2 Matthew Williams Cenobite 20 + 5.544 0 1 -1

 
20
3 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay 20 + 13.845 0 4 +1

16
4 Harry Graham Downforce 20 + 23.505 0 5 +1

13
5 Ross Woodford Shift Gear 20 + 27.772 0 10 +5

11
6 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 20 + 29.851 0 8 +2

10
7 Lorenzo De Ciutiis GPVWC Academy 20 + 36.979 0 9 +2

9
8 Manuel Martini Torrent 20 + 37.253 0 3 -5

8
9 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech 20 + 38.193 0 11 +2

7
10 David Jundt Red Arrow 20 + 39.416 0 13 +3

6
11 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue 20 + 44.929 0 14 +3

5
12 Tomi Ylitalo Royal Blue 20 + 46.525 0 15 +3

4
13 Michal Galka Schubert 20 + 48.098 0 17 +4

3
14 Ivan Leonov Cenobite 20 + 49.809 0 24 +10

2
15 Mateusz Ziubinski WSL 20 + 51.262 0 26 +11

1
16 Sandeep Chodha CM-Tech 20 + 52.396 0 6 -10

0
17 Rauno Muru TTF 20 + 57.017 0 18 +1

0
18 George Sutton TR Motorsports 19 +1 laps 1 12 -6

0
19 Lucas Zimmermann WSL 19 +1 laps 1 28 +9

0
20 Ben Willis Apex PFX 19 +1 laps 1 20 +0

0
21 Tom Davison Downforce 19 +1 laps 1 30 +9

0
22 Chris Butcher Red Arrow 19 +1 laps 2 7 -15

0
23 Dan Kell Apex PFX 19 +1 laps 1 27 +4

0
24 Luke Browning GPVWC Academy 19 +1 laps 2 29 +5

0
25 Bret Metcalf TTF 18 +2 laps 1 23 -2

0
26 Wesley Stefano MDR 13 DNF 0 19 -7

0
27 Ed Williams Schubert 12 DNF 0 25 -2

0
28 Adrian Campfield STAX 10 DNF 0 16 -12

0
29 Matthew Clipp MDR 7 DNF 0 21 -8

0
30 Dominic Foster McKinlay 0 DNF 0 22 -8

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 David Jundt Red Arrow 20 26:17.518 0 1 +0

25
2 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech 20 + 2.246 0 2 +0

20
3 Manuel Martini Torrent 20 + 3.065 0 3 +0

16
4 Ross Woodford Shift Gear 20 + 3.508 0 6 +2

13
5 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 20 + 7.973 0 5 +0

11
6 Harry Graham Downforce 20 + 8.873 0 7 +1

10
7 Matthew Williams Cenobite 20 + 9.517 0 9 +2

9
8 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue 20 + 14.791 0 11 +3

8
9 Ivan Leonov Cenobite 20 + 19.545 0 14 +5

7
10 Chris Shepherd STAX 20 + 25.622 0 10 +0

 
6
11 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay 20 + 27.893 0 8 -3

5
12 Chris Butcher Red Arrow 20 + 32.897 0 22 +10

4
13 Dan Kell Apex PFX 20 + 53.088 0 23 +10

3
14 Tomi Ylitalo Royal Blue 20 + 74.771 1 12 -2

2
15 George Sutton TR Motorsports 20 + 77.309 1 18 +3

1
16 Ben Willis Apex PFX 19 +1 laps 1 20 +4

0
17 Bret Metcalf TTF 19 +1 laps 1 25 +8

0
18 Lucas Zimmermann WSL 19 +1 laps 1 19 +1

0
19 Tom Davison Downforce 19 +1 laps 3 21 +2

0
20 Luke Browning GPVWC Academy 18 +2 laps 2 24 +4

0
21 Sandeep Chodha CM-Tech 7 DNF 0 16 -5

0
22 Michal Galka Schubert 7 DNF 1 13 -9

0
23 Matthew Clipp MDR 7 DNF 0 27 +4

0
24 Rauno Muru TTF 7 DNF 0 17 -7

0
25 Lorenzo De Ciutiis GPVWC Academy 7 DNF 1 4 -21

0
26 Ed Williams Schubert 7 DNF 0 26 +0

0
27 Mateusz Ziubinski WSL 6 DNF 0 15 -12

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

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