Nott achieves lifelong dream of finishing Baja

Monday 21 November, 2022
Kevy Nott (pictured centre) with his family and crew moments after reaching the Baja 1000 finish line.

Baja 1000

Kevy Nott took part in one of the world’s most challenging off road races, the BFGoodrich Score Baja 1000, over the weekend and was one of 137 entries to complete the event. 
 
In what was a remarkable achievement and a lifelong dream for the Queenslander, Nott ended up finishing the event in just under 30 hours having driven all 1333 kilometres himself.
 
Alongside a number of different navigators, including his son Jackson who started and finished the race with him, Nott ended up finishing the event in 109th and fourth in the class.

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While Nott picked up fourth in class, there was an Australian duo who enjoyed the win - Australian father-and-son Andy and Danny Brown taking out the Stock Mid-size class as the only entry.

The duo were behind the wheel of the Australian-built Ford Ranger Raptor prepared by Kelly Racing.

With a total of 276 entries taking part in the event, 139 were unable to finish the gruelling event, including Australians Toby Price and Paul Weel.
 
Having scored a fifth place in the Baja 400, the duo’s campaign came unstuck when their WD Mason Trophy Truck caught fire 273km into the first stint.
 
Weel and navigator Preston Schmidt were behind the wheel at the time having produced a good start before the fire started, however both drivers were able to get out unharmed. 
 
Click here to view the full results.

  

FIA Formula 2 Championship

Jack Doohan has endured a disappointing finish to the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship season after dramatically losing a tyre in the feature race.
 
The Queenslander had put in a solid shift in the season finale at Yas Marina in the lead up to the final race of the year, qualifying in fifth place before finishing the Sprint race in seventh. 
 
A bold tyre strategy saw Doohan obtain the lead after going one of the longest stints of 26 laps before heading into the pits for his one and only stop. 
 
Re-joining the race in fifth and on fresh tyres, the Alpine Academy driver would have considered himself on track for a podium, however disaster struck when coming out onto the track as he lost his front left tyre, ultimately forcing him out of the race.
 
The unfortunate DNF saw Doohan drop to sixth on the outright driver standings with Sprint winner Liam Lawson and Feature winner Ayumu Iwasa leapfrogging the Aussie. 

The weekend wasn't all bad for Doohan though with the 19-year-old jumping in the Alpine Formula 1 car for Practice 1, where he enjoyed 25 laps of the Yas Marina Circuit. 

 

Formula 4 UAE Championship

The 2023 Formula 4 UAE Championship got underway on the weekend with two Australians competing in the season opener as part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
 
FIA Motorsport Games Team Australia representative Costa Toparis and 2022 Ferrari Driver Academy Asia Pacific and Oceania Finalist James Piszcyk both enjoyed solid opening rounds, scoring top 10 finishes in each race.
 
Taking place at Yas Marina Circuit as a support category to Formula 1, each driver was in the thick of the action in both races as Toparis came away with fourth and eighth, while Piszcyk picked up a pair of P7s.
 
In the opening race, Piszcyk started in fourth but lost the place to his fellow countryman as the duo were involved in an entertaining three-way battle against the former’s Hitech teammate, Kanato Le. 
 
Unfortunately, Piszcyk was unable to replicate qualifying pace to hold off Toparis and Le, before the New South Welshman dropped more places as the race went on, although he was able recover with seventh overall. 
 
Toparis on the other hand had a drama-free run to the chequered flag and comfortably took out fourth ahead of Le. 
 
Having posted the third fastest lap time in the opening race, Toparis was rewarded with a second row start for the second outing, however the race went much different than the first.
 
In a dramatic fifth lap, Toparis lost multiple positions to Le and William MacIntyre, before contact with Alex Dunne saw him lose more positions.
 
Piszcyk also had a tough outing as he ended up hitting Dunne’s errant front wing and losing ground to hold finish seventh, before being elevated to seventh post-race.
 
The Formula 4 UAE Championship will resume at the Dubai Autodrome in Dubai on 13-14 November.

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