2018 World GT Series Round 4 Race Report

With the first half of the season coming to a close, we travelled to Road Atlanta for the United States GT Cup. Here is our race report.

After the third race of the season, STAX Racing was third in the Team’s Standings, just one point behind SimTech Motorsport. Last race, Nico Barclay defended P4 in the Drivers’ Championship while Chris Shepherd moved up a couple of positions and was now sixth place.

Chris had a very good Qualifying, battling for Pole Position. He was narrowly beaten by both Borja Millan (Epic Racing) and Arne Schoonvliet (Edonis Engineering) and thus started the race from P3. At the start he lost one position to ACR Zakspeed’s Risto Kappet, however he then passed Millan one lap later. In the following laps, the Top 3 – Schoonvliet, Kappet and Shepherd, the same drivers that dominated the last race in Suzuka – were able to build a gap to Francic in P4. Several times, Chris was right behind Risto and attempted an overtake maneuver, but without success. After Schoonvliet pitted on lap 39, Chris and Risto headed for the pits one lap later. Chris rejoined the race in P5, having lost several seconds to Risto due to the fact that it takes longer to refuel the McLaren compared to the Mercedes. This meant that, after all their drivers did their pit stop, Chris was back in P3, but with a large gap to the drivers ahead and behind him. On Lap 65, he lost the rear of the car going through Turn 5, the fast left-hander going over the crest at the end of the first sector. Chris crashed into the barrier on the inside, heavily damaging his suspension. In the final laps of the race, he therefor lost between one and three seconds to the guys around him. Nevertheless, he finished the race in P3 and with the Fastest Lap of the race to his name.

Nico started the race from P7. He lost one place to Kasdorp right after the start and was unable to defend against Kevin Ryan going into the last chicane. Four Laps later, Ryan’s teammate Bogusz passed him at the same spot. Nico gained one position when, on Lap 17, Francic crashed into the to-be-lapped Rudde and was forced to make a trip through the graveltrap. Two laps later, Nico passed Borja Millan, also in the last chicane. He then gained another spot when Kevin Ryan unfortunately suffered from a disconnect on Lap 22. Nico pitted on Lap 39 and rejoined the race in P9. On Lap 47, Bogusz spun his Bentley at Turn 5, gifting Nico P5. In the final laps of the race, Nico was able to close the gap to Kasdorp ahead of him, and with a few laps more he would have had a good chance of passing him. Unfortunately, time was running out for Nico and he finished the race in a strong 5th position.

At the midpoint of the season, STAX Racing is second in the Team’s Standings, just three points behind ACR Zakspeed and ten point ahead of Edonis Engineering. Both drivers moved up one position in the Drivers’ Championship: Nico Barclay is now third while Chris Shepherd is fifth in the standings.

The next race will be held in Monza, Italy on May 17th, 2018. Below you can find the broadcast and the results of last week’s round.

Broadcast

Results

QualifyingRace
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Time/Gap S1 S2 S3 Laps
1 Borja Millan Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 01:16.711 29.597 29.335 17.778 12
2 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.072 29.549 29.531 17.703 11
3 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S + 0.188 29.648 29.407 17.844 10
4 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.201 29.507 29.509 17.896 11
5 Mateusz Bogusz SimTech Bentley Continental + 0.206 29.498 29.634 17.784 8
6 David Francic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 0.252 29.743 29.482 17.738 10
7 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S + 0.351 29.693 29.593 17.776 12
8 Yuri Kasdorp VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 0.455 29.910 29.536 17.719 10
9 Kieran Vernon Downforce Bentley Continental + 0.532 29.924 29.562 17.756 11
10 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental + 0.614 29.756 29.545 18.024 9
11 Matteo Caruso Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 0.731 29.990 29.674 17.777 10
12 Pedro Delgado PGSR McLaren 650S + 0.799 29.843 29.740 17.926 12
13 Florian Geier + 0.819 29.953 29.680 17.897 10
14 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay McLaren 650S + 0.891 29.917 29.733 17.951 10
15 Niels Brugman Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 + 1.030 30.141 29.826 17.773 11
16 Luke Browning Downforce Bentley Continental + 1.086 29.816 29.923 18.057 12
17 Lazaros Filippakos Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.130 30.355 29.655 17.831 7
18 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental + 1.134 30.282 29.758 17.804 11
19 Niranjan Kumar PGSR McLaren 650S + 1.173 30.069 29.860 17.954 11
20 Lewis McGlade Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.457 30.179 30.196 17.793 11
21 Robert Nocon + 1.505 30.215 29.912 18.088 12
22 Matt Le Gallez VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.584 30.242 29.989 18.064 11
23 Peter Schulze Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.640 30.528 29.767 18.055 12
24 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 + 2.129 30.479 30.264 18.097 12
25 Ben Willis Apex PFX Bentley Continental + 2.212 30.388 30.229 18.306 9
26 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 2.217 30.597 30.078 18.252 9
27 Philip Morby Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 2.428 30.673 30.206 18.259 11
28 Fabien Lepetit Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 2.503 30.530 30.501 18.182 12
29 Bret Metcalf TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.696 30.783 30.269 18.355 11
30 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.735 30.955 30.196 18.294 7
31 Jean-Pierre Helpap MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 + 2.744 30.957 30.000 18.497 10
32 David Nichols Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 3.584 31.479 30.623 18.193 3
33 Tyrone Frith TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 3.904 31.652 30.426 18.537 10
34 Ivar de Vries Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 9.517 35.474 31.820 18.934 8
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 68 01:30:16.456 1 2 +1

25
2 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 68 + 4.321 1 4 +2

20
3 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S 68 + 20.652 1 3 +0

 
16
4 Yuri Kasdorp VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 68 + 32.642 1 8 +4

13
5 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S 68 + 33.896 1 7 +2

11
6 Mateusz Bogusz SimTech Bentley Continental 68 + 36.736 1 5 -1

10
7 David Francic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 68 + 56.982 1 6 -1

9
8 Borja Millan Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 68 + 58.522 1 1 -7

8
9 Matteo Caruso Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 68 + 72.026 1 11 +2

7
10 Lewis McGlade Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 67 +1 laps 1 19 +9

6
11 Niels Brugman Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 67 +1 laps 1 15 +4

5
12 Pedro Delgado PGSR McLaren 650S 67 +1 laps 1 12 +0

4
13 Marc Veit Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 67 +1 laps 1 33 +20

3
14 Kieran Vernon Downforce Bentley Continental 67 +1 laps 2 9 -5

2
15 Jean-Pierre Helpap MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 66 +2 laps 1 30 +15

1
16 Philip Morby Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 66 +2 laps 1 26 +10

0
17 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 65 +3 laps 2 23 +6

0
18 Osvaldo Angelone McKinlay McLaren 650S 65 +3 laps 2 14 -4

0
19 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S 65 +3 laps 2 25 +6

0
20 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental 64 +4 laps 3 17 -3

0
21 Jonatan Acerclinth Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 63 +5 laps 2 36 +15

0
22 Luke Browning Downforce Bentley Continental 45 DNF 1 34 +12

0
23 David Nichols Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 44 DNF 4 31 +8

0
24 Bret Metcalf TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 40 DNF 1 28 +4

0
25 Ben Willis Apex PFX Bentley Continental 33 DNF 2 24 -1

0
26 Lazaros Filippakos Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 23 DNF 0 16 -10

0
27 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 23 DNF 2 29 +2

0
28 Florian Geier 23 DNF 1 13 -15

0
29 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental 21 DNF 0 10 -19

0
30 Matt Le Gallez VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 17 DNF 2 21 -9

0
31 Mike Bell Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 16 DNF 0 38 +7

0
32 Peter Schulze Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 10 DNF 0 22 -10

0
33 Tobias Olsson Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 10 DNF 1 37 +4

0
34 Fabien Lepetit Royal Blue McLaren 650S 4 DNF 2 27 -7

0
35 Ivar de Vries Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 2 DNF 0 35 +0

0
36 Niranjan Kumar PGSR McLaren 650S 2 DNF 1 18 -18

0
37 Tyrone Frith TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 0 DNF 0 32 -5

0
38 Robert Nocon 0 DNF 0 20 -18

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

 

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