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 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!