Fanatec GT World Endurance Challenge Europe
The final round of the Fanatec GT World Endurance Challenge Europe resulted in a difficult day out for Matt Campbell and Jordan Love despite both drivers finishing inside their respective class top 10s.
With the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosting the three-hour season finale, both drivers and their respective teams were hoping to finish the season on a high.
Campbell, who was racing alongside regular GPX Racing teammates Earl Bamber and Matthew Jaminet, had the better start compared to Love, having helped steer his Porsche to outright third in qualifying – which ended up as a front row start after changes to the grid order.
Love on the other hand, who drove alongside Miklas Born and Yannick Mettler in the SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes AMG GT3, qualified further down the field with P10 in the Silver Class.
When it came to the main event, Love had the honour of starting the three-hour race for his team and did well to avoid the chaos of the opening laps before helping the team finish eighth in the Silver Cup.
Campbell and Love didn’t share the track at the same time though, with Campbell tasked with bringing the GPX Porsche home after stints from Bamber and Jaminet.
Both Bamber and Jaminet did everything they needed to do to help finish with a podium and both stayed within the top three for much of the race.
Unfortunately, when Campbell jumped in the driver’s seat, the team was given a pit infringement penalty for its second stop which all but ended their podium hopes.
Campbell came back into the race deep in the midfield and managed to make up a few positions, but he could only get as high as 10th outright and in class.
While the Fanatec GT World Endurance Challenge Europe season is done, both drivers will be looking at running in other categories before wrapping up the year.
Marcos Flack has enjoyed one of his best outings in the 2021 British Formula 4 Championship after securing points in all three races at Donington Park.
While he was unable to pick up any podiums, it was just the second time in 2021 the Queenslander was able to finish every race in the points, as well as equalling his longest streak of points finishes which is four.
Heading into the round 13th on the standings, Flack qualified in 12th just three thousandths short of Kai Askey.
In the opening race, the teenager initially just scraped into the top 10 but was bumped up to ninth post-race when Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak was handed a five-second penalty.
During the reverse grid race of the season’s penultimate round, Flack started the race from P4 and found himself as high as third after a mistake from Zak Taylor.
Unfortunately, he was unable to hold on and he lost the position back to Taylor and then another one to James Hedley to reach the chequered flag in fifth place.
The final outing for the weekend, Flack found his pace and delivered some fantastic passes to cap his good weekend off with seventh outright.
The good round was rewarded with a nice haul of points and a move up the rankings to 12th and just 13 points off Taylor in the top 10.
The British Formula 4 Championship's season finale will take place at Brands Hatch on 23-24 October.
Formula Regional European Championship
The Formula Regional European Championship was another category running its penultimate round on the weekend with Mugello Circuit in San Piero hosting the first of two consecutive Italian rounds.
Unfortunately, Tommy Smith's tough season continued during his first appearance at the circuit, as he was only about to pick up P24 and P27 during the two races.
The championship now heads to the famous Autodromo Nazionale di Monza for the final round of the 2021 season on 30-31 October.