Aussies Abroad: August 2019

All over the world Australians are taking on overseas championships and making a name for themselves on four wheels. 

The month of July saw several drivers continue to register impressive results and hone their craft in extremely competitive championships, with plenty more to look forward to in August.

Here are some of the highlights of Australians competing on the global stage. 

Alex Peroni

Tasmanian racer Alex Peroni continues to compete in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, producing a spectacular drive at Silverstone which saw the Australian climb 11 places.

Despite qualifying poorly for race one due to a small error, Peroni showed he had the race pace to challenge for a top-five finish.

The Campos Racing driver started at the back of the grid in P21, before an impressive run featuring several excellent overtakes saw the Australian finish P10.

Race two ended prematurely for the Australian as he suffered a bent steering arm amid tight racing with Briton Jake Hughes.

Prema Racing’s Robert Shwartzman leads the championship on 114 points, ahead of teammate Jehan Daruvala and Hitech GP racer Juri Vips.

Peroni returns to the track in Hungary on 2-4 August.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

P21-P10. Happy with that one, pace was good and a nice starting position for tomorrow

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Daniel Shields

Australian esports racer Daniel Shields successfully made it through the F1® Esports Pro Draft 2019, having been selected by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports team.

Shields qualified for the Pro Draft through the DHL 50 Fastest competition, which was an invite-only event challenging the fastest sim-racers around the planet to post their fastest lap times on the official F1® video game.

The Australian outpaced the field during the Pro Draft and was one of 10 selected from 41 attendees. A total of 109,000 participants attempted to qualify for the Pro Draft stage.

Shields will now compete for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports, with reigning 2017 and 2018 F1® Esports champion Brendon Leigh.

The series comprises of 12 races over four live events, with the first event set for 11 September. 

 

Caitlin Wood

New South Welshwoman Caitlin Wood competed in two W-Series events in July.

The Australian fought hard at the fourth W-Series event at the Norisring, Germany but was unfortunate to finish P11, just out of the points.

Fortunately for Woods she had a better result in Assen, where she qualified an impressive P6 before battling through the race to finish P5, her best result of the inaugural W-Series season.

Jamie Chadwick continues to dominate the series with her consistency, leading the championship with 98 points ahead of Beitske Visser on 85 points and Marta Garcia in third on 62 points.

Wood has one last opportunity to impress in the series at Brands Hatch on 10-11 August, where a strong result will see the Australian break into the top-10 standings.

 

Jack Doohan

Queenslander Jack Doohan continued his stellar 2019 form, competing in round six of the Euroformula in July. 

Doohan qualified P7 for race one of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Austria. A strong performance saw the Double R Racing driver make significant ground throughout the race, finishing just off the top step in P2.

The rookie struggled in race two, a mistake costing him his front wing and any opportunity at a second podium finish for the weekend.

“The weekend was OK, we’ve had better but definitely had worse.” Doohan said.

“The main perk was that we were fast and we had speed. Throughout both practice sessions, we were topping the timing for the majority of them and the pace seemed really good.”

Doohan sits on 76 points at the midway part of the season in third place on the rookie standings, behind Linus Lundqvist on 66 points, and New Zealander Liam Lawson on 67 points. 

Doohan returns to the Euroformula track at Silverstone on 7-8 September.

 

Oscar Piastri

Melbourne racer Oscar Piastri hit the track at Spa-Francorchamps in the Formula Renault Eurocup, returning to the top of the standings.

Piastri won the first race of the weekend in impressive style, before the reverse grid rules saw him start in eighth for the second race.

The R-ace GP driver stormed through the field, climbing into third on the last lap before a red flag saw Piastri relegated to fourth.

“Considering I started eighth and Victor (Martins) started second it was a good result to finish in front of him,” Piastri said.

“I’m a bit disappointed to lose third place, but that’s how it goes and we’re still where we want to be in the standings.”

Piastri returns to the track at the Nurburgring, Germany on 30 August -1 September.

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