2018 World GT Series Round 7 Race Report

Ahead of today’s season finale, we take a look back on the previous race at the Red Bull Ring.

After the sixth round of the championship in Silverstone, Nico Barclay overtook Chris Shepherd in the Drivers’ Standings and was in third place, one position ahead of his teammate. STAX Racing was still leading Teams’ Championship with 142 points, followed by Edonis Engineering (130 points) and ACR Zakspeed (116 points.)

Unfortunately, both drivers had to serve a “Back of the Grid” penalty from Silverstone. Chris posted the second fastest lap while Nico would have started from P8 were it not for the penalties. Chris posted a comparison video, showing all the qualifying laps of the front-runners.

Due to the penalties, Chris started from 33rd position, followed by Nico in 34th place. To score valuable points, both drivers had a mountain to climb, but the pace in qualifying was promising.

Crucially, both drivers had a good start to the race, making up multiple positions in the opening laps. After five laps, Chris already was in P15 and thus in a points paying position. Nico was running 19th at this point. Shortly after, the Peruvian was able to pass Muru and Bell, followed by Gamil. After he passed Filippakos and Graham on Lap 8, he now was in the points aswell (P14). Two laps later, Nico gained another place after overtaking Epic Racing’s Caruso. Unfortunately, on lap 11, he overreved his engine under braking for Turn 2 and had to retire from the race. This marked his first DNF this season.

Chris meanwhile continued his pursuit through the field. As they were fighting each other, Brewster and Jundt ahead of him lost a lot of time and Chris was able to pass both of them on lap 9. Three laps later he gained P9 when Kumar momentarily lost control of his McLaren going into Turn 3. The next few laps, Chris closed the gap to Almeida and passed the VELES SimSport driver going into Turn 2 on lap 14. Two laps later he passed Ruben van den Hudding at the very same spot. By lap 20, Chris was running in P7. He headed for the pits on Lap 37, rejoining the race in P10. By the time all the cars around him finished their pitstops, he gained yet another place. During the closing stage of the race, Arne Schoonvliet caught up to Chris and passed him on lap 43, which meant that Chris finished the race in P7. After the race, Yuri Kasdorp was handed a 20 seconds time penalty and Chris was classified in 6th position overall, which meant that he gained 27 positions in the race!

Both ACR Zakspeed and STAX Racing are entering today’s season finale at Spa-Francorchamps with 152 points each. As Edonis Engineering is leading the Teams’ Championship with 159 points, an exciting race for the Championship is on the cards. Edonis Engineering’s Arne Schoonvliet won’t attend the race, meaning Risto Kappet already won the Drivers’ Championship. Chris Shepherd is fourth in the standings, followed by his teammate Nico Barclay in fifth.

You can watch the Belgian round here from 19:00 UTC. Below you can find the broadcast and the results of the Austrian round.

Broadcast

Results

QualifyingRace
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Time/Gap S1 S2 S3 Laps
1 Rudy van Buren ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 01:25.324 36.947 29.044 19.332 10
2 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S + 0.239 36.885 29.221 19.456 11
3 David Francic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 0.285 36.834 29.396 19.379 10
4 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.379 37.006 29.219 19.477 10
5 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental + 0.388 36.998 29.243 19.471 11
6 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.489 36.952 29.389 19.472 10
7 Erhan Jajovski Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.650 36.967 29.398 19.609 10
8 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S + 0.678 36.872 29.519 19.611 10
9 Yuri Kasdorp Apex PFX Bentley Continental + 0.804 37.170 29.404 19.555 11
10 Tobias Olsson MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 + 0.885 37.046 29.554 19.609 10
11 Matteo Caruso Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 0.967 37.093 29.603 19.595 4
12 David Fidock SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.026 36.780 29.344 20.225 11
13 Niranjan Kumar PGSR McLaren 650S + 1.082 37.192 29.583 19.631 11
14 Daniel Almeida VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.230 37.179 29.653 19.721 9
15 Roy Schroten Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 1.259 37.432 29.588 19.563 10
16 Ruben van den Hudding Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 1.394 37.132 29.914 19.672 8
17 David Jundt VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.436 37.328 29.703 19.729 9
18 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental + 1.571 37.471 29.656 19.768 10
19 Tom Davison Downforce Bentley Continental + 1.714 37.491 29.676 19.870 8
20 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 + 1.763 37.238 29.996 19.852 6
21 Harry Graham Downforce Bentley Continental + 1.874 37.188 29.682 20.329 11
22 Mike Bell Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 + 1.902 37.414 29.817 19.995 10
23 Peter Schulze Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.907 37.339 29.941 19.951 10
24 Peter Schulze Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 1.959 37.389 29.897 19.997 8
25 Tariq Gamil Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 1.969 37.647 29.786 19.860 9
26 Sten Ambus McKinlay McLaren 650S + 2.058 37.663 30.005 19.714 5
27 Lazaros Filippakos Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 + 2.060 37.322 30.240 19.822 10
28 Rauno Muru TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.170 37.656 30.095 19.743 6
29 Bret Metcalf TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.397 37.378 30.284 20.059 9
30 Tristen Potters Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R + 2.412 37.460 30.282 19.994 8
31 Nick Newcombe Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 2.819 37.805 30.145 20.192 9
32 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S + 2.918 37.778 30.374 20.091 8
33 Jonatan Acerclinth Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 + 3.606 38.050 30.465 20.414 8
34 Jean-Pierre Helpap MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 + 3.887 38.777 30.335 20.099 6
Pos Driver Nat Team Vehicle Laps Time/Gap Pits Grid Diff Points
1 Rudy van Buren ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 62 01:31:18.418 1 1 +0

25
2 Kevin Ryan SimTech Bentley Continental 62 + 6.917 1 3 +1

20
3 Arne Schoonvliet Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 62 + 31.684 1 4 +1

16
4 Erhan Jajovski Edonis Mercedes AMG GT3 62 + 33.236 1 5 +1

13
5 Risto Kappet ACR Zakspeed Mercedes AMG GT3 62 + 36.947 1 6 +1

11
6 Chris Shepherd STAX McLaren 650S 62 + 40.149 1 33 +27

10
7 Yuri Kasdorp Apex PFX Bentley Continental 62 + 56.624 1 7 +0

9
8 Daniel Almeida VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 62 + 72.143 1 10 +2

8
9 David Jundt VELES Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 62 + 73.151 1 12 +3

7
10 David Francic SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 62 + 86.523 1 2 -8

6
11 Matteo Caruso Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 61 +1 laps 1 14 +3

5
12 David Fidock SRS Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 61 +1 laps 1 8 -4

4
13 Sten Ambus McKinlay McLaren 650S 61 +1 laps 2 22 +9

3
14 Peter Schulze Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 61 +1 laps 1 19 +5

2
15 Rauno Muru TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 61 +1 laps 1 25 +10

1
16 Jonatan Acerclinth Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 61 +1 laps 1 36 +20

0
17 Niranjan Kumar PGSR McLaren 650S 61 +1 laps 1 9 -8

0
18 Tristen Potters Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 61 +1 laps 1 27 +9

0
19 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S 61 +1 laps 1 29 +10

0
20 Fabian Rudde Aurora Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 61 +1 laps 1 32 +12

0
21 Lazaros Filippakos Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 60 +2 laps 1 24 +3

0
22 Tariq Gamil Epic Racing Radical RXC Turbo GT3 60 +2 laps 1 21 -1

0
23 Scott Bennett Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 60 +2 laps 1 37 +14

0
24 Nick Newcombe Satellite Radical RXC Turbo GT3 59 +3 laps 2 28 +4

0
25 April Carlsvard Basilea Mercedes AMG GT3 50 DNF 1 23 -2

0
26 Ruben van den Hudding Royal Blue McLaren 650S 39 DNF 1 11 -15

0
27 Mike Bell Rowen Mercedes AMG GT3 20 DNF 0 18 -9

0
28 Cameron Brewster Apex PFX Bentley Continental 20 DNF 0 15 -13

0
29 Alistair Long Schubert Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 18 DNF 0 31 +2

0
30 Bret Metcalf TTF Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R 13 DNF 0 26 -4

0
31 Nico Barclay STAX McLaren 650S 10 DNF 0 34 +3

0
32 Paul Joseph Royal Blue McLaren 650S 8 DNF 1 20 -12

0
33 Harry Graham Downforce Bentley Continental 8 DNF 0 17 -16

0
34 Tobias Olsson MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 4 DNF 1 13 -21

0
35 Tom Davison Downforce Bentley Continental 4 DNF 0 16 -19

0
36 Roy Schroten Schroten Radical RXC Turbo GT3 2 DNF 0 35 -1

0
37 Jean-Pierre Helpap MadCape Mercedes AMG GT3 0 DNF 1 30 -7

0

Italics indicate Fastest Laps

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