Aussies Abroad: September 2019

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

The month of August saw several drivers continue to challenge and hone their craft in competitive championships, with plenty more to look forward to in September.

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

Alex Peroni

Tasmanian Alex Peroni continues to compete in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, most recently racing at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Australian qualified an impressive P11, lining himself up for a potential top-10 finish at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

But Peroni was run wide by Trident’s Devlin DeFrancesco on lap one, causing damage which ultimately saw the Australian hit the barrier and retire from the race.

Climbing from the back of the grid in race two, the 19-year-old was able to stay out of trouble and remain competitive to finish in P15.

Peroni will race again this weekend in the Italian GP at Monza on 6-8 September.

Caitlin Wood

New South Welshwoman Caitlin Wood has finished competing in the inaugural W-Series for 2019.

The Australian finished P11 at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom, just out of the points.

The result leaves the Australian 13th in the championship, one place shy of automatically qualifying for the 2020 W-Series.

British racer and Williams development driver Jamie Chadwick won the championship, ahead of Beitske Visser and fellow countrywoman Alice Powell.

Wood has now set her sights on tackling the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020, while she also has the opportunity to apply and test for one of the remaining eight spots on the 2020 W-Series grid.

 
Oscar Piastri

Melbourne local Oscar Piastri has dominated the Formula Renault Eurocup in Germany with two poles and two wins at the Nurburgring.

“Like yesterday, I made things a bit more difficult at the start. Fortunately, I was able to pass Alex Quinn at turn one and everything went plain, smooth sailing just until the finish,” Piastri said.

“I would really like to thank R-ace GP for giving me such a fast car right from the start of the weekend. I was quite competitive in Hungary last year, so I hope I can keep the momentum going next week and have a look at the points next Sunday.”

The Australian has a commanding championship lead with eight races remaining, having won five races already this season.

Piastri will race this weekend at the tight and twisty Hungaroring on 6-8 September.

Calan Williams

Former Australian Formula 3 dominator and Perth local Calan Williams has continued his journey through the Euroformula Open Championship.

The West Australian is currently 10th in the championship, three places behind fellow Australian Jack Doohan.

The Fortec Motorsports racer has continued to improve this year, achieving numerous top-10 finishes.

Williams’ impressive junior form has seen him selected for an official FIA F3 test with Jenzer Motorsport in October at Valencia.

The Australian will next return to the track at Silverstone this weekend on 7-8 September.

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