I’m giving myself another two days to get races 4 done before returning to the usual one race every two days, that way it will be more quality focused and less rushed.
I’m giving myself another two days to get races 4 done before returning to the usual one race every two days, that way it will be more quality focused and less rushed.
Race 4 will be out by 5pm BST. I’m just finishing the write up now after noticing some errors in the results table that have now been corrected.
Austria is an insane place of speed and commitment hidden within the beautiful mountains, lush green hills, and dense forests of the Styrian Alps. We eagerly await to see what the cars can do at this high speed circuit, and wonder what the pecking order will be as good handling and a grippy front end are strong factors here today.
Austria has hosted a number of thrilling races in its time in motorsport, and some might say the Red Bull Ring just might hold down the crown as one of the most incredible places in the country to show the true strength of the cars.
Top 10 Rundown
A normal run at the front for the FAALs today as they lead the pack for tomorrow’s race, with Josh Greenburg taking the pole with half a second over the second place car of Franck Keller. That same gap would cover the three other FAALs of Keller, Neuwvale and Weissmuller, with fifth place going to best of the rest team Keika as Jason Jackie lined up fifth. His team mate was just under two tenths slower in qualifying, with Bastien Lefèbvre of ART lining up seventh.
Rounding out the top ten were Karel De Lang, a constant figure here, Andrew Kelly of Machinima Motorworks, and Robert Defoi of VMC, with his own team mate propping up the top ten results.
Familiar Faces fill this section as the Two Epochs fill out the bottom row, Yoshiki Sato taking the final position on the grid, just over one tenth to his team mate Lucas Goldright. Bruce and Sharon Kelly joined the Epochs in the bottom 5 with the aussies more than a second quicker than Goldrights M10, as Ryan Adams fills out P26.
Everyone in the grandstands can feel the tension and the stress building here between everyone on the front row and now things are looking to get hot as the drivers prepare themselves for the wonderful Red Bull Ring. The teams have prepped the cars to the best of their ability and now its down to those sat in the cockpit to extract everything they can from the cars.
Lights out and away we go but not for two cars, they’ve stayed still on the grid! The drivers have done well to avoid them and it’s Jamie Hunter and Tyler Freshner! What a disappointment to have have done so well in qualifying and it’s all just collapsed beneath them. Meanwhile Michael Martins has got the jump on all the FAAL’s and his teammate to lead out of the first corner! Josh Greenburg is a nose ahead of his teammate Neuwvale and Franck Keller has Jason Jackie causing him grief as they run up to turn three!
Greenburg is out! Once again after getting pole position Josh Greenburg is forced to retire the car with suspension issues! It’s cost him dearly in the championship and now he’ll have to fight to win through the final two races! Bri Nuewvale will be all but dancing in delight as one of the title rivals gets out of the fight.
Jason Jackie follows Jordan Weissmuller home, missing out on the podium by two seconds as Karima Benalli finishes an incredible fifth! Meanwhile Further Back, bastien Lefèbvre is battling against Max porter! Is he going to take the position! It’s close! MAX PORTER FINISHES AHEAD BY TWO THOUSANDTHS OF A SECOND! Alejandro flores follows them home in eighth, with Victor Takala ninth and Issak Seppa tenth, rounding out the top then with Haapala.
The rest are coming across the line now, Frederick Ward for LHE somehow brings that car into eleventh, with Kevin Parsons less than half a second behind. Following them its Lara, De Lang, Peter Islington taking the final points for Zavoevanie, Andrew Kelly just missing out in sixteenth, Adams, Bruce Kelly, Sharon Kelly, Billy Manchen, Yoshiki Sato, and Lucas Goldright rounds up the race finishers.
Now we head to the pitlane to hear the opinions of Eddie Austin and Steven Verhoeven.
Post Race Round Up
EA : Crazy Start, crazy finish, beautiful weather, and plenty of engines going pop! This race has to be one of the most exhilerating races I’ve seen, with some mad crashes that hopefully haven’t injured the drivers, and some incredible interteam battles taking it right down to the wire.
SV: Incredible, absolutely incredible. I have to hand it to FAAL, whatever they did to their car they have made a dominant figure in the motor racing world. Now, the question is, what about Keika? At the start of the season they seemed to have FAAL on the edge and now they’ve dropped back. It looks like to me their mad V6 is starting to show its flaws, and it’s taken them out of the constructors fight much against Michael Martins.
AM: This is one of those situations where you have to really feel for Martins, he’s done everything right this season, he even manage to outlaunch the master of starts Bri Neuwvale this race, and yet everything just fell to pieces for him.
SV: That engine is a real glass cannon. You see the power it has on the straights, it has incredible speed, but it’s just not there on the reliability side.
AM: We can’t go further without mentioning the humongous crash that James Ratikin had on the last lap. What was all that about?
EA: He was pushing pushing pushing and in the end he pushed to hard and overstepped the mark, no other word for it other than driver error. He knows he has the capabilities to get into the points on a regular basis now, but this time he just let himself get a little loose and it cost him. Hopefully we get the all clear from the doctors cause that was a huge crash.
SV: It’s crashes like that where you thank your mandatory safety components such as beefy rollcages, the five point harness, your fire extinguisher systems. These things save lives and I guarantee now we wouldn’t be so optimistic if this were 30 years ago.
AM: It was an incredible crash and it wasn’t his first one either, but people just love him, the team say he’s excellent to work around and the media in the paddock love doing interviews with him. Anyway, what about the earlier incidents, Josh Greenburg and Robert Defoi and their failing suspension. Are we seeing an issue with the parts going on the cars.
EA: I don’t think it’s that. These cars get put under incredible stresses during a race, and when you’re pushing the edge to get the most out of the cars you will sometimes see failures like this. It’s the same with engines, We saw Aato Laakkonen’s engine fail and the two cars that failed to get off the grid, it’s nothing isolated to one team so we can’t really blame anyone for this.
AM: Thanks Eddie. That’s all we have time for today, it has been an incredible day and incredible race. Join us next time as the championship story continues when we head to the middle east to find the Jewel in the Desert, Bahrain.
Hour long race and there’s a gap of .002, damn.
Ever since it’s inaugural race on the F1 Calendar Bahrain has been a circuit held high above all around it, with GT championships and now the World Series Tourers leaving their mark on this incredible circuit. Today we are going to find out the order for the race at this Jewel in the Desert, buried beneath the sands and brightly lit beneath the spotlights tonight!
The temperatures are hot and the cars have been setting hot laps today. The session was filled with incredible performances up and down the field as the moon shone in the clear sky above.
Top 10 Rundown
FAAL took pole once again but Keika hit back in qualifying for the first time the season with Michael Martins and Jason Jackie within half a tenth of the pole time, Jackie only a few thousandths short of his team mate who lines up on the front row. This sets him up for a recovery drive to try and reclaim some semblance of points in the race coming up.
The other three FAAL’s lineup behind the Keika’s with Jordan Weismuller joining Jackie on the second row, whilst the two title rivals fill out row three with Franck Keller ahead of Bri Neuwvale. Neuwvale has made herself known for being good on the starts and so will be hoping to jump past Keller once the lights go out.
Following them will be Bastien Lefèbvre as he lines up best of the rest for ART, whilst Tyler Freshner joins him on row four. Karel De Lang makes his fifth appearance in the top ten in as many races whilst Victor Takala sees ART’s first Double top ten qualifying, and rounds it out in tenth.
It’s a Carbon Copy of last races bottom five as Japanese national Yoshiki Sato fills out the bottom spot with teammate Lucas Goldright ahead in P29. The two Ute drivers find themselves on row fourteen with Sharon beating Bruce, whilst Ryan Adams once again leads the bottom five in his Natori.
The temperatures have dropped since the incredible heat in the day, now we see an incredible sight of the cars lining up under the floodlights here in the darkest nights. They have just completed the formation lap, FAAL on pole, Keika Second, it’s the first time Keika have been on the front row since Race 1 and now it’s their chance to steal something from this race!
Lights out and away we go and it’s an incredible start from Bri Neuwvale, jumping ahead of everyone in the top 5 on the run into turn 1! The two Keika’s also lose out to Franck Keller whilst Jackie also falls behind Bastien Lefèbvre, Weismuller stays behind Jackie whilst Victor Takala and Karima Benali make incredible leaps up the field!
It’s Lap 5 and we’ve seen a suspension failure for the Haapala, Aato Laakkonen parking it at the side of the road, it’s multiple races now we’ve seen failures for Aato and he will surely be coming back strong next race should his car allow it.
Lara is in the wall! She’s completely lost it under braking and that is the end of that car, she will be devastated, compounding on the poor start that saw her drop down below P20. It’s heartbreak for H4 when they were hoping to move up the grid after a poor qualifying.
Meanwhile Michael Martins is still running ahead of Jordan Weissmuller, and Jason Jackie is certainly keeping him in check, if Muller makes a mistake he’ll drop back behind Jackie!
We’ve had a quiet few laps but Jason Jackie has found his way past Jordan Weismuller! He’s now brought Keika into a strong position but the gap up to Franck Keller is a little to big as he head into the last few laps of the race.
Max Porter has crashed! He’s put his H4 car out and now that’s a huge disappointment for the team. Max seems alright he’s up and out of the car but he will be kicking himself after his teammate put the car in the wall earlier today.
It’s a FAAL! It’s Greenburg, he’s put it in the wall! Title rivals Bri Neuwvale and Franck Keller are going to be first and second! One lap from the end and now It’s going to go down right to the wire, but will Neuwvale be ahead in the championship with this win, she might be just ahead!
Bri Neuwvale wins here in Bahrain under the floodlights! It’s an incredible finish but Blue Bull will be kicking themselves after losing the 1-2 in the fight with the factory team! Michael Martins once again proving his worth and bringing home a third place for Keika, whilst Jason Jackie follows him home in fourth!
Jordan Weismuller is followed home by James Ratikin with an incredible comeback drive for sixth place, Bastien Lefèbvre ends in Seventh whilst Karima Benali comes across the line for Eighth, Robert Defoi comes back again for a good run in ninth whilst Bramhall driver Kevin Parsons rounds out the top ten.
Eleventh is Victor Takala, followed home by fellow Finn Issak Seppa, Freshner, De Lang, Frederick Ward rounding out the points, then its Jamie Hunter, Alejandro Flores, Islington, Andrew Kelly, Kuznitzov, Adams, Bruce Kelly, Sharon Kelley, Billy Manchen, Yoshiki Sato, and Lucas Goldright props up the results.
An incredible day for Bri Neuwvale, lets head down to the pitlane with Steven Verhoeven and Eddie Austin.
Post Race Round Up
SV: A wonderful race here under the floodlights, this circuit is pretty flat but it has wonderful character thanks to the long straights. This was everything that Neuwvale would have wanted, A brilliant start saw her work her way up into the lead whilst her title rival got a lucky break to finish second. I’m sure Bri won’t complain as she now leads the drivers standings and has proven herself more than capable of getting to the front and leading the way. We have to give credit to Keika, they most certainly pulled themselves up a notch in qualifying. They have to be proud of this run they’ve had today.
AM: Michael Martins saw himself get onto the podium. He must be glad to be tasting the champagne after such a miserable run of luck recently.
EA: Most certainly he’s happy with himself. This is exactly what Keika needed this season, and whilst it won’t put him into championship contention they must be glad of the luck befalling them here today with great pace in qualifying and the race.
SV: I have to agree with that, Keika have been extremely fragile this season, but now we see the Keika that appeared to be championship contenders at the start of the season. As it stands FAAL have ran away with it.
AM: With the engine performance Keika have had this season there’s word going round they’re going to become an engine supplier next season once the WAM have confirmed the new ruleset.
SV: That would be a very different scenario, we’ve seen Bluebull show you don’t need to be a factory team to win, but I’m sure a lot of possible entrants will be happy to have engines supplied to them. It could mean we see an even bigger grid next year.
AM: Certainly so. Once we see things set in stone I think we’ll make our judgements then, but for now, let us stick to this race. We saw both H4 cars going out after poor qualifying here. Eddie, is there anything we can pull from that?
EA: I think the young drivers were just pushing to try and make up for a poor performance, and with not too much to lose I don’t really blame them. They tried hard, gave us a good fight, but in the end they pushed too hard and paid the ultimate price. I think we have to look at Karima Benali for a real show of what to do. She was down the order in qualifying, kept her head, opened an opportunity for herself and just ran to the stopwatch. That put herself in the position she was at the end of the race and it’s a great approach to have.
AM: Thanks Eddie. And on that note we’re out of time. Only one point separates the title rivals in the drivers standings, and Blue Bull are only 19 points behind the factory FAAL team. It’s still all to play for at the top of the table and we will be eagerly awaiting the final race, be sure to tune in next time as we head to the legendary Sebring raceway. See you then!
Sebring is an American legend. It has been the home to endurance racing in and was created from a US Air force base, now the only things that fly on raceday are the incredible machines that grace the rough surface that has seen some incredible races over the decades! Today we will be seeing how the finale of the WST Lines up.
The Miami sun is beating down on us here today, temperatures are high and tensions are too! This was an incredible qualifying session we’ve seen with the two title rivals setting themselves apart.
Top 10 Rundown
Franck Keller put himself in a prime position for tomorrow’s race as he takes pole, with his teammate Jordan Weissmuller backing up a FAAL top four. I’m sure Franck will be happy with this situation as he finds himself three spots ahead of title rival Neuwvale. Josh Greenburg backs up his teammate and completes the second row.
It’s an all Keika third row as Jason Jackie leads Michael Martins for what seems to be a typical qualifying position for the japanese manufacturer. Jason will need a good result here if he’s to overhaul the FAAL ahead of him for third place.
Trailing the Keika’s it was Aato Laakonen for Haapala, with a Six-for-six top ten qualifying for Bramhalls Karel De Lang. Word is that Karel will be leaving the sport after moving from the companies BTCC project, we wish him the best of luck out there. Filling in ninth it was the ever onward Issak Seppa, a driver who has certainly proven his worth to the Finnish team in their title battle this season
The usual suspects found themselves reeling at the bottom of the grid in qualifying, with Epoch filling out the bottom rows and Yoshiki Sato propping up the times. React and the two aussie drivers fill out the row ahead whilst Frederick Ward found himself in P26.
American sun shining down on the tarmac with clear skies all around, we’ve got some incredible weather here today as the finale of the Inaugural season of World Series Tourers bookends what is set to be an incredible title fight! Three leaders of the championship at three different points, now down to a single point splitting the two main rivals! We’re looking at an incredible finale here today.
Lights out and away we go and Neuwvale has managed to get right on the back of Keller as we approach turn one, Josh Greenburg has dropped back and Lefèbvre has jumped him! Tyler Freshner has come out of nowhere to get into the top ten as have Karima Benali and James Ratikin!
Ratikin chasing down Benalli and He’s binned it! Ratikin has thrown it into the wall at the final corner and that car is not going to finish this race here today. Ratikin has done so well over the season and he’ll be rueing this send off to what has been an incredible season for him.
Lap five and Ryan Adams has suspension failure! He’s lost control and he’s off in the grass in sector 2! Natori came in hoping to impress but instead had to take what scraps they could muster whilst other teams swooped in to take higher positions. Jamie hunter is running in twentieth and doesn’t look on pace to get into the points.
Bri comes across the line to start lap ten and she has a commendable gap to her teammate whilst Franck Keller is struggling to keep up. At this rate it looks like the championship will go to Neuwvale.
It’s heartbreak for Michael Martins! He’s lost control and he’s put it into the wall! Calamities for the young prodigy, having lead the championship earlier on in the season it seems like he’s going to drop out of the top five!
Lap twenty and it’s a huge gap for Bri over her title rival, over thirty seconds! All she needs to do is cruise it home now with three laps to go. This could be it!
Billy Manchen is in the wall on the final lap, how distraught for them! LHE have surprised sometimes with good points but today was just not their day with Fred Ward so far down, they’ll be looking to do better next season.
NEUWVALE WINS THE RACE HERE AT SEBRING AND WITH IT THE CHAMPIONSHIP! Bri Neuwvale you are the World Series Tourers Champion! Josh Greenburg leads a Blue Bull 1-2 but it’s not enough with Franck Keller taking third place and Weissmuller in fifth, FMS Take the Manufacturers championship ahead of Blue bull and Keika over 50 points down. Meanwhile Jason Jackie has done enough to put himself into third place by one point over Weissmuller by finishing in fourth, congratulations to the kid!
Sixth and Seventh are the wonderful Finns of Haapala with Laakkonen leading Seppa, Lefèbvre follows them home in eighth, whilst Benali and Freshner round out the top ten positions.
Max Porter takes eleventh, and with a Twelfth place for Robert Defoi that now means Haapala and VMC are tied for Fifth place on points. The countback will go in favour of VMC due to the higher points haul the team had in race 1. Thirteenth is Takala, followed by Parsons, Jamie Hunter doing an incredible job to work through the field and take that last point, then De Lang, Flores, Lara, Andrew Kelly, Islington, Ward, Kuznitzov, Bruce Kelly, Sharon Kelly, Sato, with Lucas Goldright rounding out the finishing positions.
Bri will be ecstatic as she takes the top step of the podium for the fifth time out of six races, she almost lost it but her incredible pace put her into a dominant position here today. And now she is crowned champion by WAM Official Test Driver and former DTM champion Daniel Adami! Lets head to the pitlane for the final thoughts from Steven Verhoeven and Eddie Austin.
Post Race Round Up
EA: Fantastic final race! Neuwvale never set a single foot wrong, she got ahead on lap two and just kept herself cool. If I wasn’t mistaken I’d say that Franck almost looked shaken once he’d stepped out the car for the post race weigh in. It seems coming so close to the title has really taken its’ toll on him. I’m sure he’ll regroup his thoughts and will come back next season stronger than ever!
AM: It was an incredible race here today and with the bright sun shining here today we must be glad that we chose such an incredible venue to race at.
SV: The endurance races here were incredible, but I must admit wasn’t expecting anything special and then we had that race. I was heart in mouth the entire time, it was incredible. I have to say well done FAAL. No matter what the outcome was they would have won, and now they’ve got a manufacturers title to boot.
AM: That will certainly make them proud. However, I have a question. All this time we’ve seen Jason Jackie being outpaced by Michael Martins, but when push comes to shove Jackie has put himself into third in the drivers standings whilst Michael has simply dropped away from his title chances. So Steven, is that all down to Keika or is there more to it than that?
SV: I think both Michael and Keika have to take some blame for the situation he’s found himself in. At times the Keika has bitten him when he’s down, but as Jason also proved if you make a mistake you have to take the blame, and Michael has made a few too many mistakes this season.
AM: Thank you for that. Eddie, we’ve seen Haapala go up and down the teams standings. Should they have been higher up the table?
EA: I think so. Aato Laakkonen is a great driver and too many times we’ve seen his engine go pop on him. It’s no wonder why as it is an extremely complex engine setup, but that low centre of mass has really helped the team also. We’ve seen that when they’ve been on pace they’re all but unstoppable, especially when Issak finds himself up the field. I really do think that Haapala have done well, but they could have done much better if they had the reliability under their belt.
AM: Thanks Eddie. And on that note we’re out of time. We hope you enjoyed the races this season, big changes will be coming next year and we hope to see you then!
Thank you all for working hard and sticking through for this championship! Next seasons regulations are already in the works and I will be working hard to make the races more competitive and fairer. Thank you all for entering and I hope you are happy with the results achieved.
The FAAL Coupe can definetly run for another season
Oh btw, Frank is absolutely glad someone as talented as Bri is sitting next to him on the podium.
Jordan drove like shit because he just couldn’t get Bri off his mind.
The FMS Team executives are currently celebrating, like, a lot. With lots of alcohol.
The FAAL Factory single handedly created an alcohol shortage in all of Alsace.
H4 fell down a bit in the standings in the end but we put up a good fight! Thanks for holding this championship!
I’m shocked VMC did as well as it did, great challenge!
What a thrilling conclusion to the series! I expected Bri to claim the drivers’ championship for GBSC, and she did just that - but FMS thoroughly deserved their constructors’ title. Will there be another season like the one we just had? I hope so.
The event will be expanded on and complicated Weather sim is in the works and a new mechanical failure sim is also being worked on too
Thank you for hosting this!
Epoch drivers and engineers will be taken out back and beaten until the morale and performance improves…
Keika Shitpost Division would like to announce that due to a lack of
lore cars funding, they will not be taking part directly in next year’s season. Instead Keika (the team with the most powerful car and second fastest on the grid) will be offering to tune your vehicles and will also be offering engines for you to use.
VMC is proud of it’s drivers, considering this series was not meant to be a primary focus for the company. They will be returning in the 2016 season and will be in completely new vehicles. After seeing what we can do with secondary focus, VMC is excited to show the world just what it can do when it puts in it’s all!
Well then, that’s it! What an excellent series we’ve had, unless you’re Jan Kuznitzov.