The seventh and final race of the 2016 GPVWC World GT series took place last week, so it’s time for a short update. A season-end report will follow in the next few days.
The race took place in Austin, Texas at the Circuit of the Americas. Geoffrey Fournier substituted for Diego Carranza for the second race in a row. However, he had to start from last place due to a penalty from last race. After an incident with Epic Racing’s Christoph Lichtenstein, he had a quiet race and finished the race in P12.
Carlos Andres Ladines was able to qualify in P3 and, after a stellar start, found himself in first place before the first corner. TSA Racing’s Thomas Jacobs was able to pass him on lap 7, and in the following laps Carlos tried to follow him without consuming too much fuel. In the last third of the race, ST Racing’s Borja Millan closed up to the leading pair, contributing to exciting last laps. Unfortunately, the race was cut short by a server issue. In the end, Carlos was classified as having finished in P2, STAX Racing’s best result so far in it’s short history. He also achieved the team’s first ever fastest lap in a race.
STAX Racing finished their first season third in the Constructors Championship. Despite not starting in the first two races, Carlos Andres Ladines ended the season in fourth place. In five races, he was able to finish on the podium four times (three times in P3, once in P2).
Diego Carranza started five races as well, finishing four of those in the points. In the end, he wrapped up the season in tenth place.
Geoffrey Fournier, the team’s substitute driver, was called to action three times. Every time his services were required, he finished in a points scoring position. In the final driver’s championship table he was a creditable fourteenth.
Andrew Waring started one race for the team, but computer problems forced him to retire in that race and prevented more starts. He was classified forty-ninth in the end results table.
We now take a little break and will then prepare for a new challenge. We would like to give a shout out to all of our competitors, the league administration and especially the broadcast team of the GPVWC. They made participating in the series very enjoyable! Last but not least, we want to congratulate Risto Kappet and Streetfighter Racing Systemsfor winning the championship in such dominating style.
See you all on track next season!