2018 World GT Series Round 2 Race Report

Here is a short update on the second round of the 2018 World GT Series.

After the first round of the 2018 World GT Series, STAX Racing was fourth in the Teams’ Championship. The series traveled to Australia last week, to race on the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit. 

In Qualifying, Chris Shepherd was at the sharp end of the grid for most of the time. In the end, he started from P5, behind the two ACR Zackspeed drivers and Kevin Ryan. Nico Barclay started the race from tenth position.

During the race, Chris was able to closely follow the leaders, despite the fact that the McLaren lacks straight line speed compared to the Mercedes and Bentleys around him. Meanwhile, he was also building a gap to the drivers behind him. During the first half of the race, he had many exciting battles for positions and regularly ran in the Top 3. Unfortunately, after about half of the race, his engine died on him while braking for Turn 21. Chris suspected that he overreved the engine during downshifts. Without power, he coasted back to the pits and retired from the race. You can watch the onboard of Chris’ race below.

Nico in comparison had a relatively quiet race. After damaging his car on lap 7, he lacked the top speed to attack the front-runners early on. But while the gap to the leading cars increased, he was able to keep the likes of Borja Millan behind him all race. Towards the end of the race, Nico was able to to match the speed of Edonis Engineering’s Arne Schoonvliet, who finished the race in P3 behind Kevin Ryan and Risto Kappet. In the end, Nico finished the race in P4, 30 seconds behind the race winner.

Update: GPVWC published a race report on their website. Click here to read it.

After the second round of the champioship, STAX Racing is fourth in the Teams’ Standings. Chris’ DNF means that he dropped to 10th in the Drivers’ Championship, while Nico now lies in P4. The next race of the season will be held in Suzuka, Japan on April 19th, 2018.

Below you can find the broadcast and the results of the Australian round.

Broadcast

Results

QualifyingRace
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Time/Gap S1 S2 S3 Laps
1 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 02:01.247 44.664 42.377 34.206 9
2 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental + 0.094 44.754 42.387 34.200 8
3 Dennis Lind ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.172 44.751 42.502 34.167 8
4 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S + 0.246 44.904 42.472 34.116 8
5 Hany Alsabti Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.261 44.691 42.804 34.012 7
6 Borja Millan Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 0.818 44.778 43.038 34.249 8
7 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.840 44.793 42.914 34.380 8
8 Ricardo Costa MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.902 44.862 42.844 34.443 7
9 Mike Bell Downforce Bentley Continental + 1.133 44.928 43.150 34.302 7
10 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S + 1.216 45.058 42.997 34.408 8
11 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay McLaren 650S + 1.261 44.984 43.118 34.405 7
12 David Francic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.469 45.098 43.258 34.359 7
13 Yuri Kasdorp VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.283 45.486 43.514 34.530 5
14 Fran Lopez SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.480 45.383 43.822 34.522 8
15 Niranjan Kumar PGSR McLaren 650S + 2.876 45.754 43.601 34.768 7
16 Mateusz Bogusz SimTech Bentley Continental + 2.958 45.567 43.797 34.840 7
17 Michal Nizio McKinlay McLaren 650S + 3.361 45.642 43.901 35.066 7
18 Alistair Long Idos Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 3.563 45.864 44.293 34.653 8
19 Philip Morby Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 3.761 45.902 44.468 34.638 6
20 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 3.885 46.068 44.089 34.975 5
21 Marc Veit Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 + 3.902 45.694 44.763 34.692 6
22 Jean-Pierre Helpap MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 + 4.129 45.870 44.644 34.863 7
23 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 + 4.265 45.757 44.855 34.899 7
24 Thomas Hinss Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 4.270 45.670 44.900 34.947 4
25 Tristen Potters Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 4.302 46.045 44.679 34.824 8
26 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental + 4.333 45.831 44.782 34.967 3
27 Matthew Clipp PGSR McLaren 650S + 4.661 45.834 44.929 35.145 7
28 Ben Willis Apex PFX Bentley Continental + 4.930 46.002 45.083 35.092 7
29 Bret Metcalf TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 5.506 45.942 45.557 35.254 6
30 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 6.059 46.583 45.435 35.287 7
31 Tyrone Frith TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 9.050 47.225 47.508 35.564 8

Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental 43 01:30:01.575 1 2 +1

25
2 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 43 + 1.020 1 1 -1

20
3 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 43 + 2.993 1 7 +4

16
4 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S 43 + 32.975 1 9 +5

13
5 Borja Millan Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 43 + 39.599 1 6 +1

11
6 David Francic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 43 + 66.177 1 11 +5

10
7 Yuri Kasdorp VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 43 + 73.235 1 12 +5

9
8 Fran Lopez SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 43 + 75.116 1 13 +5

8
9 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay McLaren 650S 43 + 75.434 2 10 +1

7
10 Mateusz Bogusz SimTech Bentley Continental 43 + 105.295 1 15 +5

6
11 Dennis Lind ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 42 +1 laps 2 3 -8

 
5
12 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 42 +1 laps 1 18 +6

4
13 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental 42 +1 laps 1 23 +10

3
14 Peter Schulze Idos Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 42 +1 laps 2 29 +15

2
15 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 42 +1 laps 1 20 +5

1
16 Mike Bell Downforce Bentley Continental 42 +1 laps 1 8 -8

0
17 Tristen Potters Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 41 +2 laps 2 22 +5

0
18 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S 41 +2 laps 2 27 +9

0
19 Bret Metcalf TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 41 +2 laps 2 26 +7

0
20 Jean-Pierre Helpap MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 41 +2 laps 2 19 -1

0
21 Jonatan Acerclinth Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 39 +4 laps 3 30 +9

0
22 Philip Morby Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 39 +4 laps 3 17 -5

0
23 Matthew Clipp PGSR McLaren 650S 30 DNF 1 24 +1

0
24 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S 21 DNF 0 4 -20

0
25 Niranjan Kumar PGSR McLaren 650S 15 DNF 2 14 -11

0
26 Ben Willis Apex PFX Bentley Continental 12 DNF 1 34 +8

0
27 Ale Enamorado Royal Blue McLaren 650S 10 DNF 2 37 +10

0
28 Thomas Hinss Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 9 DNF 1 21 -7

0
29 Erhan Jajovski Downforce Bentley Continental 9 DNF 0 33 +4

0
30 Alistair Long Idos Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 8 DNF 2 25 -5

0
31 Michal Nizio McKinlay McLaren 650S 8 DNF 1 16 -15

0
32 Hany Alsabti Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 6 DNF 0 5 -27

0
33 Marc Veit Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 6 DNF 0 36 +3

0
34 Ivar de Vries Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 2 DNF 1 32 -2

0
35 Ricardo Costa MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 1 DNF 1 35 +0

0
36 Tyrone Frith TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 0 DNF 0 28 -8

0
37 David Nichols Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 0 DNF 1 31 -6

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

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