Before tomorrow’s race in India, let’s take a look back at the first three races of the 2021 GPVWC Superleague Lights season.
It is fair to say that our start to GPVWC’s 2021 Superleague Lights season was better than we expected. Matthew Williams was able to put the car on Pole Position in Melbourne and kept the lead through the whole race. After the first round of pit stops, he exited the pits with a nice gap to P2 and was able to manage his tyres and to cruise to victory, setting the Fastest Lap in the process. Jack Mayor made contact in the opening lap and had to pit for repairs early on. After Lap 1, he was way down in 29th position. After catching up with the field and fighting his way back, he ultimately finished the race in P19.
The second race in Bahrain was as similarly successful. Again, Matthew was able to win Pole Position and lead the race going into Turn 1. He kept his cool under pressure in the first stint and made the right calls to get a gap after the pitstop. After Hemmingsen in P2 spun, he was able to clinch his second victory in as many races. He also was able to set the Fastest Lap. Jack’s struggles continued, as he didn’t get a good feeling of the car and qualified in the midfield. He ran a solid race and fought his way back into the point-scoring positions, but a post-race penalty meant that he would be classified as having finished in P16, just outside the points.
The third race saw a third podium finish position for Matthew, as he finished the race in third position. Both drivers had problems setting up the car for the circuit. This time around the Top 3 were able to pull away from the rest of the field and were in a race-long battle. It looked like Matthew would be able to contest for the win once again, but a late-race contact with another driver meant he lost valuable time. Jack had a massive lock up early on, severely wearing his tyres. He had to pit around two laps earlier than planned and had to fight hard to gain back time on the compromised strategy. After a valiant fight back he finished 10th, scoring his first points of the season.
After the first three races, Matthew is leading the Drivers Standings with 68 points, ahead of Martin Hemmingsen (53) and Allesandro Quintaie (44). Jack is 20th in the standings with 6 points. STAX Racing is leading the Team Standings with 74 points, ahead of Pescara ADG (67) and REVO Racing (62). The next race will be held tomorrow at the Buddh International Circuit.
Below, you can find the complete Championship standings, followed by the Broadcasts of the first three races of the championship.