2018 Formula Challenge Round 8 Race Report

Ahead of next week’s Formula Challenge race, we take a look back on the last race in Austria.

After the seventh round of the season at the Circuit Paul Ricard, STAX Racing remained 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 was seventh in the Drivers’ Championship while Chris Shepherd (2nd) was 21 points behind Championship leader Chris Butcher.

Adrian and Butcher racing towards Turn 3, moments before they made contact.

Race 1: After a very good qualifying for the team, Chris started the race from P2, behind Cenobite Motorsport’s Matthew Williams and directly in front of his teammate. Adrian had a very good start and attacked Williams going into T1 but couldn’t complete the pass on the following long straight. He was, however, able to keep Championship Leader Chris Butcher behind him. Unfortunately, on Lap 6, he slightly overshot the second turn, compromising his exit speed. This enabled Butcher to close the gap and head into T3 alongside Adrian. For the right-hander, Adrian was on the inside, still slightly ahead of Butcher. The cars made contact and spun into the gravel trap. Both drivers headed to the pits for repairs. Adrian rejoined the race in 30th place with no chance of scoring points and thus decided to retire from the race.

Chris race was a lot more succesful. He passed Williams right at the start and was able to defend his lead against the Englishman in the following laps. The Cenobite Motorsport’s driver tried to attack multiple times, but his best shot was when he was right behind Chris on lap 15. The two drivers were going into Turn 2 side-by-side, but Williams braked too late and overshot the corner, allowing Chris to re-take the lead on the switchback. Williams attempted one last overtake a lap later but ran wide in Turn 3 and Chris went on to win the race.

Chris momentarily lost the lead, but Williams couldn’t slow down enough for the corner.

Race 2: Adrian started the second race way down the grid in P29. After some frantic first laps where he gained a lot of positions, he again had a race-ending incident when he attacked Dan Kell going into Turn 3 only to be rear-ended by James Early.

Chris started the race from P13. Initially, he lost a couple of positions as the midfield tangled in Turn 1, but was back in P13 by Lap 4. After overtaking both Leonov and Muru earlier, he attacked Red Arrow Racing’s David Jundt in Turn 4. There was a slight contact and Chris lost one place. However, shortly after, Shepherd’s Championship rival Chris Butcher uncharacteristically spun aswell, dropping from P7 to P12. Meanwhile, Chris Shepherd continued to overtake people and, by the end of the race, he was right under David Jundt’s gearbox again. He raced him to the finish line and finished the race in P8, just thousands of a second behind Jundt.

Chris and David fought for positions multiple times in Race 2.

After his win and a strong second race, Chris Shepherd is now leading the Driver’s Championship six points ahead of Chris Butcher. Adrian Campfield is seventh in the Championship. We are still second in the Teams’ Championship behind Red Arrow Racing and ahead of Cenobite Motorsports.

Update: Chris received a penalty for making contact in the second race. This means that Chris Butcher stayed ahead in the Championship. We appealed the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.

The next round of the season will be held at Silverstone next Tuesday. 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 01:13.187 32.293 24.639 16.254 9
2 Chris Shepherd STAX + 0.088 32.331 24.692 16.252 12
3 Adrian Campfield STAX + 0.103 32.304 24.691 16.294 13
4 Luke Browning MDR + 0.324 32.331 24.764 16.416 11
5 Gary Magri Gatt CM-Tech + 0.629 32.620 24.816 16.379 11
6 Chris Butcher Red Arrow + 0.684 32.540 24.763 16.567 13
7 Ruben van den Hudding McKinlay + 0.731 32.279 25.160 16.478 11
8 Michal Galka Schubert + 0.853 32.447 25.118 16.475 11
9 Harry Graham Downforce + 0.935 32.507 24.987 16.628 11
10 David Jundt Red Arrow + 0.940 32.646 24.918 16.563 12
11 Dylan Scrivens McKinlay + 1.048 32.932 24.852 16.450 12
12 Matthew Beavis TR Motorsports + 1.054 33.007 24.834 16.400 9
13 Ric Scott GPVWC Academy + 1.103 32.537 25.114 16.639 12
14 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue + 1.120 32.685 24.960 16.661 11
15 Mateusz Ziubinski WSL + 1.139 32.490 25.150 16.686 12
16 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech + 1.151 32.488 24.997 16.852 13
17 Ivan Leonov Cenobite + 1.169 32.911 24.826 16.619 11
18 Mateusz Dabrowski WSL + 1.181 32.662 24.998 16.707 12
19 James Early Royal Blue + 1.207 32.638 25.173 16.583 10
20 Cameron Rodger Schubert + 1.496 32.971 25.108 16.603 10
21 Lorenzo De Ciutiis TR Motorsports + 1.615 32.872 25.301 16.628 6
22 Rauno Muru TTF + 1.621 32.983 25.177 16.648 10
23 Steve Combey Torrent + 1.652 32.521 25.571 16.747 12
24 Ryan Vadera GPVWC Academy + 1.950 33.141 25.314 16.681 5
25 Bret Metcalf TTF + 2.520 33.143 25.524 17.039 12
Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Chris Shepherd STAX 18 22:25.725 0 2 +1

25
2 Matthew Williams Cenobite 18 + 0.704 0 1 -1

20
3 Matthew Beavis TR Motorsports 18 + 17.074 0 9 +6

16
4 Luke Maguire Shift Gear 18 + 22.152 0 25 +21

13
5 David Jundt Red Arrow 18 + 23.091 0 8 +3

11
6 Ric Scott GPVWC Academy 18 + 23.936 0 10 +4

10
7 Mateusz Ziubinski WSL 18 + 25.085 0 12 +5

9
8 Ruben van den Hudding McKinlay 18 + 26.523 0 6 -2

8
9 Harry Graham Downforce 18 + 26.613 0 7 -2

7
10 Tom Davison Downforce 18 + 27.292 0 31 +21

6
11 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue 18 + 27.581 0 11 +0

5
12 Wesley Stefano MDR 18 + 30.015 0 29 +17

4
13 Michal Galka Schubert 18 + 32.004 0 22 +9

3
14 James Early Royal Blue 18 + 32.722 0 15 +1

2
15 Mateusz Dabrowski WSL 18 + 35.090 0 14 -1

1
16 Ivan Leonov Cenobite 18 + 35.657 0 26 +10

0
17 Dylan Scrivens McKinlay 18 + 40.543 0 30 +13

0
18 Steve Combey Torrent 18 + 41.403 0 19 +1

0
19 Ben Willis Apex PFX 18 + 41.843 0 27 +8

0
20 Rauno Muru TTF 18 + 45.379 0 18 -2

0
21 Chris Butcher Red Arrow 18 + 45.451 1 5 -16

0
22 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 18 + 46.563 0 24 +2

0
23 Ryan Vadera GPVWC Academy 18 + 52.076 0 20 -3

0
24 Luke Browning MDR 18 + 57.603 1 28 +4

0
25 Bret Metcalf TTF 18 + 67.967 0 21 -4

0
26 Dan Kell Apex PFX 17 +1 laps 1 23 -3

0
27 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech 9 DNF 0 13 -14

0
28 Cameron Rodger Schubert 8 DNF 0 16 -12

0
29 Lorenzo De Ciutiis TR Motorsports 8 DNF 0 17 -12

0
30 Adrian Campfield STAX 7 DNF 1 3 -27

0
31 Gary Magri Gatt CM-Tech 0 DNF 0 4 -27

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Luke Maguire Shift Gear 18 22:30.772 0 9 +8

25
2 Tom Davison Downforce 18 + 6.685 0 3 +1

20
3 Wesley Stefano MDR 18 + 12.164 0 1 -2

16
4 Ric Scott GPVWC Academy 18 + 12.386 0 7 +3

13
5 Matthew Williams Cenobite 18 + 12.485 0 12 +7

11
6 Thomas Andriamiharisoa Royal Blue 18 + 13.339 0 2 -4

10
7 David Jundt Red Arrow 18 + 17.968 0 8 +1

9
8 Miguel de los Rios Shift Gear 18 + 19.303 0 22 +14

8
9 Chris Butcher Red Arrow 18 + 20.331 0 21 +12

7
10 Gary Magri Gatt CM-Tech 18 + 22.454 0 30 +20

6
11 Rauno Muru TTF 18 + 23.534 0 20 +9

5
12 Ruben van den Hudding McKinlay 18 + 28.901 0 4 -8

4
13 Steve Combey Torrent 18 + 32.724 0 18 +5

3
14 Luke Browning MDR 18 + 36.338 0 24 +10

2
15 Mateusz Dabrowski WSL 18 + 36.655 0 17 +2

1
16 Chris Shepherd STAX 18 + 37.993 0 13 -3

0
17 Dan Kell Apex PFX 18 + 40.188 0 26 +9

0
18 Daniele Brambilla CM-Tech 18 + 40.691 0 27 +9

0
19 Mateusz Ziubinski WSL 18 + 42.605 0 6 -13

0
20 Ryan Vadera GPVWC Academy 18 + 44.436 0 23 +3

0
21 Bret Metcalf TTF 18 + 51.463 0 25 +4

0
22 Cameron Rodger Schubert 18 + 63.833 0 28 +6

0
23 Michal Galka Schubert 18 + 67.869 1 15 -8

0
24 Harry Graham Downforce 16 DNF 0 11 -13

0
25 Adrian Campfield STAX 14 DNF 0 29 +4

0
26 James Early Royal Blue 14 DNF 0 16 -10

0
27 Ivan Leonov Cenobite 11 DNF 1 5 -22

0
28 Matthew Beavis TR Motorsports 10 DNF 0 10 -18

0
29 Dylan Scrivens McKinlay 2 DNF 0 14 -15

0
30 Ben Willis Apex PFX 1 DNF 0 19 -11

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

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