2018 World GT Series Round 1 Race Report

The first round of the 2018 World GT Series was held in Malaysia last week. Here is our race report.

Editor’s note: Due to technical difficulties, we are unable to publish an in-depth race report for the first round of the 2018 World GT Series and only post a short summary of the race.

Last year’s World GT series was canceled mid-season because of dwindling participation numbers. A lot of drivers commented that the 2017 mod was unbalanced and that a 1-hour-race doesn’t fit the series. As a result, the GPVWC management decided that the 2018 World GT Series should have 90 minutes races, so that different pit stops strategies can be considered. Furthermore, Studio 397’s GT3 Pack was used as those cars promised a balanced field with high quality models.

Chris Shepherd qualified in sixth place. He was able to stay close to the train behind P2. Chris was the first of the front-runners to pit and, with new tyres, was able to set the fastest lap of the race. For a while it looked like his strategy with the undercut could work out. However, after the race Chris commented that changing tyres was the wrong decision, as they are very durable and you can’t make up the time you lose during the pitstop with fresher rubber. In the end, Chris finished sixth.

Nico Barclay had a penalty from last season and had to start from the back of the grid in 34th position. He had an action-packed race and fought his way through the grid to finish seventh, gaining 27 positions! Nico uploaded a video showcasing his passes during the race. We highly recommend watching it!

After the first round, STAX Racing is fourth in the Constructors’ Championship. The series will travel to Australia next, to race on the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit on April, 5th 2018.

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Results

QualifyingRace
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Time/Gap S1 S2 S3 Laps
1 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental 01:59.097 29.959 39.780 49.358 8
2 Fran Lopez SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 0.045 29.865 39.814 49.463 7
3 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.202 30.241 39.619 49.438 9
4 Alen Terzic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 0.479 29.990 39.997 49.588 8
5 Yuri Kasdorp VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 0.530 30.051 40.112 49.464 6
6 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S + 0.650 30.177 39.967 49.603 8
7 Ricardo Costa MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.651 30.151 40.004 49.593 6
8 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.707 30.156 39.939 49.709 8
9 Borja Millan Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 0.779 30.237 40.012 49.627 8
10 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay McLaren 650S + 1.001 30.328 40.093 49.677 6
11 Mateusz Bogusz SimTech Bentley Continental + 1.059 30.377 40.002 49.776 8
12 Niranjan Kumar Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 1.325 30.445 40.233 49.744 7
13 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S + 1.739 30.408 40.339 50.089 8
14 Miroslav Davidovic VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.748 30.229 40.617 49.998 7
15 Thomas Hinss Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 1.940 30.534 40.550 49.953 6
16 Robert Nocon ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 + 2.336 30.759 40.357 50.317 8
17 Marc Veit Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 + 2.361 30.584 40.571 50.303 7
18 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 + 2.388 30.474 40.812 50.199 6
19 Michael Wilson Idos Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.743 30.312 40.863 50.666 8
20 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.770 30.520 40.757 50.590 6
21 Matthew Clipp PGSR McLaren 650S + 2.865 30.720 40.806 50.436 4
22 Ben Willis Apex PFX Bentley Continental + 3.280 30.719 41.187 50.471 7
23 Bret Metcalf TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 3.563 30.799 41.171 50.690 8
24 Philip Morby Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 3.782 30.721 41.353 50.805 7
25 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 3.815 31.070 41.009 50.833 4
26 Tristen Potters Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 3.834 30.831 41.067 51.032 7
27 Ale Enamorado Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 4.504 30.978 41.733 50.889 6
28 Alistair Long Idos Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 4.699 30.875 41.347 51.574 7
29 Jonatan Acerclinth Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 4.890 30.879 41.628 51.479 7
30 David Buckley PGSR McLaren 650S + 5.679 31.151 41.781 51.843 6
31 Luke Browning Downforce Bentley Continental + 8.000 31.750 41.538 53.809 7
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental 44 01:30:45.185 1 1 +0

25
2 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 44 + 5.699 1 3 +1

20
3 Ricardo Costa MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 44 + 22.099 1 7 +4

16
4 Alen Terzic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 44 + 29.128 1 4 +0

13
5 Fran Lopez SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 44 + 31.228 1 2 -3

11
6 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S 44 + 35.774 1 6 +0

 
10
7 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S 44 + 45.792 1 34 +27

9
8 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 44 + 53.075 2 8 +0

8
9 Mateusz Bogusz SimTech Bentley Continental 44 + 54.948 1 11 +2

7
10 Borja Millan Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 44 + 63.024 1 9 -1

6
11 Niranjan Kumar Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 44 + 81.220 1 12 +1

5
12 Matthew Clipp PGSR McLaren 650S 44 + 83.750 1 20 +8

4
13 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay McLaren 650S 44 + 94.718 1 10 -3

3
14 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 44 + 113.309 1 17 +3

2
15 Rauno Muru TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 43 +1 laps 1 35 +20

1
16 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental 43 +1 laps 1 33 +17

0
17 Philip Morby Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 43 +1 laps 1 23 +6

0
18 Bret Metcalf TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 43 +1 laps 1 22 +4

0
19 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S 43 +1 laps 1 24 +5

0
20 Ben Willis Apex PFX Bentley Continental 43 +1 laps 1 21 +1

0
21 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 43 +1 laps 1 19 -2

0
22 David Buckley PGSR McLaren 650S 43 +1 laps 1 29 +7

0
23 Jonatan Acerclinth Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 41 +3 laps 3 28 +5

0
24 Tristen Potters Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 35 DNF 1 25 +1

0
25 Hany Alsabti Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 29 DNF 1 31 +6

0
26 Yuri Kasdorp VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 28 DNF 1 5 -21

0
27 Ale Enamorado Royal Blue McLaren 650S 18 +26 laps 0 26 -1

0
28 Thomas Hinss Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 15 DNF 1 14 -14

0
29 Jean-Pierre Helpap MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 15 DNF 1 32 +3

0
30 Marc Veit Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 14 DNF 0 16 -14

0
31 Michael Wilson Idos Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 9 DNF 1 18 -13

0
32 Alistair Long Idos Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 8 DNF 0 27 -5

0
33 Robert Nocon ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 5 DNF 0 15 -18

0
34 Luke Browning Downforce Bentley Continental 3 DNF 0 30 -4

0
35 Miroslav Davidovic VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 3 DNF 0 13 -22

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

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