Aussies Abroad: June 2019

Australian W-Series racer Caitlin Wood on track in Misano, Italy.

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

The month of June saw several drivers secure impressive results and place themselves right in the hunt for their respective titles. 

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

Alex Peroni

Tasmanian FIA Formula 3 Championship hopeful Alex Peroni continued his strong form at the French Grand Prix, qualifying P10 before a competitive and tight battle ended with a points-scoring finish at Circuit Paul Ricard, finishing P8 in Race 1.

With F3 rules stipulating a reverse-grid order for the second race, the Campos Racing driver started from pole position for the first time, leading the race until tyre degradation caused Peroni to lose pace.

“I led approaching the half-way stage until I had issues with my tyres, like yesterday.” Peroni said,

“It was very disappointing, as a podium at least was on the cards.

“We’ll figure out why and come back stronger for the next round of the championship.”

Peroni is next in action this weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, 28-30 June.

 

Caitlin Wood

The inaugural W-Series continued in June with two races in Misano, Italy. Australian Caitlin Wood showed great pace and resilience, after mechanical problems in qualifying pushed the Maitland born racer to the back of the grid in P19.

An impressive race saw the Australian make several skilful overtakes to finish P14. Williams development driver Jamie Chadwick again ran away with the victory, increasing her points lead over Dutch driver Beitske Visser.

With three rounds remaining in the W-Series for 2019, Wood will look to improve on what has been an up and down season. Action in the W-Series returns to the track at Norisring, Germany 5-6 July.

 

Oscar Piastri

Local Melbourne racer Oscar Piastri remains in the hunt for the Formula Renault Eurocup title, after a remarkable weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard, France.

The 18-year-old R-ace GP driver took a second place in the first race of the weekend, before a small mistake on the grid cost the Victorian any chance at a podium in race two.

Piastri now sits in third in the championship, nine points astray of championship leader Victor Martins.

 
Jack Doohan

Young Australian hopeful Jack Doohan has continued his winning form in June, securing wins in the F3 Asia Championship and further developing his skills in the Euroformula Open.

Doohan took two wins out of three races in Suzuka, Japan in the F3 Asia Championship. A mechanical fault in the second race cost the Australian a chance at a treble of victories which would have seen the Queenslander take the championship lead ahead of Hitech Grand Prix teammate Ukyo Sasahara.

The Australian also raced in the Euroformula Championship in June at the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. An impressive qualifying session saw Doohan reach P3, before tough racing saw the Australian finish P4 in both races, leading the rookie standings over the weekend.

 
Daniel Shields

International popularity in eSports competitions are continually growing, with F1® launching their own competition in 2017, the latest iteration of the series is set to commence in September with a prize pool of $500,000.

Australian eSports racer Daniel Shields has been named the first Australasian candidate for F1®’s official eSports series after putting in a stellar lap to secure a place in the Pro Draft stage of the series.

Shields will have the opportunity to impress teams on the world stage, with a group of 36 drivers set to travel to London to compete over two days of action, 16-17 July.

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