2018 World GT Series Round 6 Race Report

The sixth round of the World GT Series was held in Silverstone. Here is our race report.

Leaving Monza, Chris Shepherd was third in the Drivers’ Championship, followed by Nico Barclay in P4. For the first time in our team’s history, STAX Racing was leading a Teams’ Championship, two points ahead of ACR Zakspeed.

The whole round was dominated by changing weather conditions as the much-anticipated rain started half way through the qualifying. Nico Barclay finished the session in fifth position while Chris Shepherd set the eight fastest lap. However a number of drivers, notably ACR Zakspeed’s Risto Kappet, decided to start from the pitlane as they changed tyres in the last minute when it began to rain seconds before the formation lap begun. Kappet’s teammate Dennis Lind started on slicks, but lost ground already before the green flag and spun half way through the first lap to meet his teammate in the rear of the grid. This meant that Chris, who started the race from seventh position, made up two places in the first lap alone while Nico jumped from P5 to P3. Nico decided to pit quite early in Lap 16, rejoining the race in P15. In the following laps, he was up to 5 seconds faster than the guys ahead of him and immediately started gaining positions. However, changing tyres early meant that later in the race, he struggled to keep the drivers with fresher tyres behind him. In the end, Nico finished the race in P4. Meanwhile, Chris also gambled during the pit stops, electing not to change tyres at all. While this resulted in a faster pitstop and him rejoining in second position, he also had problems defending against faster drivers later on. He finished the race in fifth position. The race had a dramatic ending when the leader Kevin Ryan, who overtook Schoonvliet with few laps to go, made contact with a backmarker in the very last corner. The resulting spin put him third behind the Edonis duo of Schoonvliet and Jajovski. After the race, Jajovski was handed an eight-second penalty for exceeding tracklimits multiple times, which dropped him back to third place.

With two races to go, Nico overtook Chris in the Drivers’ Championship and is now in third place, one position ahead of Chris. We are still leading Teams’ Championship with 142 points, followed by Edonis Engineering (130 points) and ACR Zakspeed (116 points.)

The next race will be held at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on June 14th, 2018. Below you can find the broadcast and the results of the British round. Also don’t forget to watch Nico’s video of his start to the race.

Broadcast

Results

QualifyingRace
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Time/Gap S1 S2 S3 Laps
1 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental 01:56.579 31.747 51.180 33.652 5
2 Dennis Lind ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.488 31.681 51.408 33.977 6
3 Erhan Jajovski Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.657 31.958 51.402 33.876 6
4 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.692 31.903 51.614 33.754 6
5 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S + 0.705 31.959 51.331 33.995 9
6 Yuri Kasdorp VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 0.850 31.886 51.542 34.001 6
7 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.985 32.013 51.614 33.938 6
8 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S + 0.999 32.178 51.528 33.873 9
9 David Francic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.085 32.045 51.537 34.082 6
10 Matteo Caruso Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 1.566 32.372 51.600 34.173 6
11 Matt Le Gallez VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.016 32.067 52.188 34.340 7
12 Niranjan Kumar PGSR McLaren 650S + 2.142 32.017 51.959 34.744 8
13 Sten Ambus McKinlay McLaren 650S + 2.165 32.222 52.222 34.299 5
14 Peter Schulze Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.271 32.148 52.383 34.318 8
15 Rauno Muru TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.346 32.324 52.365 34.235 8
16 Pedro Delgado PGSR McLaren 650S + 2.388 32.276 52.460 34.231 6
17 Gui Pereira Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 2.736 32.362 52.597 34.355 6
18 Marc Veit Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 + 2.958 32.600 52.603 34.334 7
19 Philip Morby Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 3.155 32.610 52.544 34.581 8
20 Michael Wilson Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 3.197 32.592 52.888 34.296 7
21 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental + 3.240 32.810 52.616 34.393 6
22 Jonatan Acerclinth Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 3.243 32.390 52.933 34.499 7
23 Scott Bennett Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 3.319 32.825 52.583 34.489 5
24 Mike Bell Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 + 3.664 32.847 52.550 34.845 6
25 Tristen Potters Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 3.810 32.776 52.941 34.671 3
26 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 + 3.965 33.244 53.019 34.281 6
27 Tariq Gamil Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 4.417 32.933 53.703 34.360 7
28 David Nichols Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 4.680 33.156 53.311 34.792 3
29 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 4.746 32.907 53.343 35.075 5
30 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 5.107 33.370 53.691 34.625 3
31 Lazaros Filippakos Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 + 6.186 33.574 53.850 35.341 4
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 41 01:30:28.995 1 6 +5

25
2 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental 41 + 6.639 1 1 -1

20
3 Erhan Jajovski Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 41 + 12.530 1 3 +0

16
4 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S 41 + 30.342 1 5 +1

13
5 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S 41 + 57.795 1 7 +2

11
6 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental 41 + 62.654 1 17 +11

10
7 Mateusz Bogusz SimTech Bentley Continental 41 + 70.363 1 29 +22

9
8 David Francic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 41 + 77.057 1 8 +0

8
9 Niranjan Kumar PGSR McLaren 650S 41 + 77.374 1 10 +1

7
10 Sten Ambus McKinlay McLaren 650S 41 + 77.527 1 11 +1

6
11 Peter Schulze Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 41 + 89.833 1 12 +1

5
12 Matteo Caruso Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 41 + 91.651 1 9 -3

4
13 Pedro Delgado PGSR McLaren 650S 41 + 96.783 1 13 +0

3
14 David Fidock SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 41 + 106.267 1 33 +19

2
15 Philip Morby Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 40 +1 laps 2 15 +0

1
16 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 40 +1 laps 3 4 -12

0
16 Michael Wilson Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 40 +1 laps 1 16 +0

0
18 Mike Bell Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 40 +1 laps 1 32 +14

0
19 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S 40 +1 laps 1 24 +5

0
20 Marc Veit Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 40 +1 laps 1 14 -6

0
21 Matt Le Gallez VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 40 +1 laps 1 27 +6

0
22 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 40 +1 laps 1 21 -1

0
23 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 40 +1 laps 1 25 +2

0
24 Scott Bennett Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 39 +2 laps 1 20 -4

0
25 Dennis Lind ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 39 +2 laps 3 2 -23

0
26 Tariq Gamil Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 38 +3 laps 2 22 -4

0
27 Rauno Muru TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 29 DNF 1 18 -9

0
28 Lazaros Filippakos Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 27 DNF 2 31 +3

0
29 Gui Pereira Royal Blue McLaren 650S 11 DNF 0 28 -1

0
30 Jonatan Acerclinth Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 8 DNF 0 19 -11

0
31 David Nichols Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 6 DNF 1 23 -8

0
32 Tristen Potters Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 6 DNF 0 30 -2

0
33 Yuri Kasdorp VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 4 DNF 1 26 -7

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

 

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