2018 Formula Challenge Round 7 Race Report

For the first time, a Formula Challenge race was held in Paul Ricard. Here is our race report.

After our home race in Montreal, STAX Racing remained second in the Teams’ Championship with 242 points, behind Red Arrow Racing (333 points) and in front of Royal Blue Racing (168). Adrian Campfield defended his sixth place in the Drivers’ Championship while Chris Shepherd (2nd) was 11 points behind Championship leader Chris Butcher.

Before the race, Adrian Campfield told the team that he would be unable to participate in the race. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a suitable replacement for the English driver, which is why he decided to try to compete at the French round of the championship in the last minute. In a wet qualifying session, Chris set the second fastest time while Adrian asked the Race Directors to delete his time due to a “Back of the Grid” penalty from last race.

Race 1: Adrian, starting the damp race from P25, decided to gamble and lined up with slick tyres. He had a very good start and was in P14 after the first sector already. However, conditions were still very tricky and he had to be very careful not to spin out of the race. After a small error in the last corner of Lap 2, he lost a couple of positions and was now running in 17th position. Two laps later, Matthew Williams crashed into Adrian in T1. The STAX Racing driver rejoined the race in P18. However, he went wide on the exit of the Virage de Brendor, which resulted in a snap-oversteer moment sending him towards the wall. Adrian retired from the race and decided not to start the second race.

Miguel de los Rios, who set the fastest lap in qualifying, was demoted five places due to an outstanding penalty, which meant that Chris Shepherd started the race from first place. He decided to play it save and started the race on Intermedia tyres. Chris Butcher, who is leading the Drivers’ Championship ahead of Shepherd, also started the race on Inters from P3 and gained a position right at the start. During most of the race, he was able to stay close behind Chris Shepherd, but was unable to attack his countryman. In the end, Shepherd won the race with a gap of less than two seconds.

Race 2: As mentioned above, Adrian did not participate in the second race. Chris started the race from P12. He had a very good start, gaining a lot of positions and passing his championship rival Chris Butcher. Unfortunately, he then was a victim of a big crash in Turn 2. He rejoined the race in 24th position, but immediately started to attack the drivers infront of him. He finished the first lap in P15 and one lap later he was in P12 already. On Lap 3, Thomas Andriamiharisoa spun directly infront of him. Chris then was able to overtake Browning, Stefano and Leonov. By Lap 10, Chris closed the gap to Muru in front of him. The two drivers made contact, but were able to continue the race. Chris eventually passed the Estonian driver, but the gap to Early infront of him proved to be too big to gain additionally positions until the end of the race. Chris finished the race in P7.

After the seventh round of the season, STAX Racing remains second in the Teams’ Championship with 277 points, behind Red Arrow Racing (390 points) and in front of Royal Blue Racing (184). Leaving France, Adrian Campfield is seventh in the Drivers’ Championship, while Chris Shepherd (2nd) now is 21 points behind Championship leader Chris Butcher.

The next round of the season will be held today at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. 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 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 01:45.148 43.198 35.947 26.004 7
2 Chris Shepherd STAX + 0.089 43.034 36.102 26.101 8
3 Harry Graham Downforce + 0.114 42.982 36.238 26.042 9
4 Chris Butcher Red Arrow + 0.115 42.911 36.136 26.215 7
5 Matthew Williams Cenobite + 0.307 43.364 35.959 26.132 5
6 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech + 0.644 43.577 36.136 26.080 9
7 Dylan Scrivens GPVWC Academy + 0.645 43.525 36.199 26.070 9
8 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue + 0.735 43.692 36.231 25.960 8
9 George Sutton TR Motorsports + 0.792 43.341 36.185 26.414 9
10 Wesley Stefano MDR + 0.919 43.949 36.008 26.109 9
11 David Jundt Red Arrow + 1.280 43.824 36.301 26.303 6
12 Tom Davison Downforce + 1.555 43.975 36.558 26.171 5
13 James Early Royal Blue + 1.708 43.718 36.497 26.641 7
14 Dan Kell Apex PFX + 2.208 44.028 36.946 26.382 9
15 Ivan Leonov Cenobite + 2.479 44.172 36.847 26.608 8
16 Danny Dam TR Motorsports + 2.641 44.078 36.956 26.757 8
17 Bret Metcalf TTF + 2.714 43.933 37.194 26.734 8
18 Rauno Muru TTF + 2.916 44.502 36.958 26.603 8
19 Michal Galka Schubert + 3.025 44.249 37.249 26.674 7
20 Lucas Zimmermann WSL + 4.141 45.114 37.468 26.707 8
21 Steve Combey Torrent + 4.801 44.886 37.471 27.592 7
22 Luke Browning + 6.303 45.313 38.312 27.825 8
23 Ben Willis Apex PFX + 9.975 47.219 39.889 28.015 7
Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Chris Shepherd STAX 13 22:45.229 0 1 +0

25
2 Chris Butcher Red Arrow 13 + 1.953 0 3 +1

20
3 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 13 + 5.578 0 6 +3

16
4 Dylan Scrivens GPVWC Academy 13 + 10.166 0 7 +3

13
5 David Jundt Red Arrow 13 + 27.853 0 10 +5

11
6 George Sutton TR Motorsports 13 + 32.285 0 9 +3

10
7 Mateusz Dabrowski WSL 13 + 33.332 0 21 +14

9
8 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech 13 + 37.445 0 5 -3

8
9 Michal Galka Schubert 13 + 39.294 0 17 +8

7
10 Ivan Leonov Cenobite 13 + 39.373 0 24 +14

6
11 Rauno Muru TTF 13 + 41.472 0 15 +4

5
12 Sandeep Chodha CM-Tech 13 + 42.739 0 20 +8

4
13 Danny Dam TR Motorsports 13 + 55.396 0 13 +0

3
14 Luke Browning 13 + 55.507 0 16 +2

2
15 James Early Royal Blue 13 + 60.919 0 23 +8

1
16 Bret Metcalf TTF 13 + 63.417 0 14 -2

0
17 Matthew Williams Cenobite 13 + 64.030 0 4 -13

0
18 Cameron Rodger Schubert 13 + 64.133 0 27 +9

0
19 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue 13 + 76.382 1 8 -11

0
20 Luke Maguire Shift Gear 13 + 93.599 1 26 +6

0
21 Harry Graham Downforce 12 +1 laps 1 2 -19

0
22 Lucas Zimmermann WSL 7 DNF 1 28 +6

0
23 Dan Kell Apex PFX 6 DNF 1 12 -11

0
24 Adrian Campfield STAX 3 DNF 0 25 +1

0
25 Ben Willis Apex PFX 3 DNF 1 19 -6

0
26 Tom Davison Downforce 2 DNF 0 11 -15

0
27 Wesley Stefano MDR 2 DNF 1 22 -5

0
28 Steve Combey Torrent 0 DNF 0 18 -10

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Chris Butcher Red Arrow 13 22:25.084 0 11 +10

25
2 Sandeep Chodha CM-Tech 13 + 1.385 0 1 -1

20
3 Matthew Williams Cenobite 13 + 2.359 0 17 +14

16
4 Mateusz Dabrowski WSL 13 + 4.448 0 6 +2

13
5 David Jundt Red Arrow 13 + 11.498 0 8 +3

11
6 James Early Royal Blue 13 + 18.030 0 15 +9

10
7 Chris Shepherd STAX 13 + 19.763 0 12 +5

9
8 Rauno Muru TTF 13 + 26.683 0 2 -6

8
9 Wesley Stefano MDR 13 + 26.766 0 26 +17

7
10 Tom Davison Downforce 13 + 27.378 0 25 +15

6
11 Ivan Leonov Cenobite 13 + 27.824 0 3 -8

5
12 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue 13 + 32.792 0 19 +7

4
13 Luke Browning 13 + 36.376 0 14 +1

3
14 Dan Kell Apex PFX 13 + 39.756 0 23 +9

2
15 Harry Graham Downforce 13 + 49.207 0 21 +6

1
16 Steve Combey Torrent 13 + 55.821 0 27 +11

0
17 Danny Dam TR Motorsports 13 + 59.432 0 13 -4

0
18 Cameron Rodger Schubert 13 + 75.786 1 18 +0

0
19 George Sutton TR Motorsports 13 + 83.951 1 7 -12

0
20 Michal Galka Schubert 13 + 90.382 1 4 -16

0
21 Bret Metcalf TTF 13 + 102.589 0 16 -5

0
22 Ben Willis Apex PFX 13 + 126.190 1 24 +2

0
23 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 10 DNF 1 10 -13

0
24 Lucas Zimmermann WSL 4 DNF 0 22 -2

0
25 Dylan Scrivens GPVWC Academy 2 DNF 1 9 -16

0
26 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech 2 DNF 2 5 -21

0
27 Luke Maguire Shift Gear 2 DNF 0 20 -7

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

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