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TURKISH GRAND PRIX
Istanbul Park. 07 April 2020
March 04, 2020

 

THUnderdog driver takes double win in chaotic opening round at Albert Park
Sven de Vries stayed out of trouble to pick up the first two victories of the 2020 GPVWC Formula Challenge Season.

Wopke Hoestra started on pole for the season opener alongside Ernests Lapins in awful conditions at Melbourne.

The polesitter got away well, but behind Lapins tangled with the fast starting Daniel Hurlock - dropping both cars down the order.

By Lap six, Hoekstra had built a five-second lead over de Vries, but coming through the Turn 6/7/8 complex, a spinnng Kai Bachini took the lead away from him, allowing de Vries to capitalise.

Sam Holt came home a superb second whilst George Whitehouse overtook Ilias Fernandez for third on the final lap. Tom Parker rounded out the top five in race one.

If you have ever seen the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, you will have an idea of Turn one in Race Two. Stofmeel, Hut, Bulco, Jones,, Dellera Lichten, Bachini, Fernandez, Hurlock and Quartley all retired due to damage at the first corner.

Alejandro Enamorado was taking advantage of the reverse grid by leading, whilst Patryk Roszak and Dionysius Faraos fought over second.

Roszak then made a move for the lead at Turn one, which was well defended by Enamorado.

Faraos made a mistake at the same corner to allow Sven de Vries through, and two laps later the eventual victor was gifted another position by a wayward Roszak.

Faraos had also profited and regained third, but contact with a backmarker forced his retirement.

With six to go, Enamorado span from the lead and dropped to fourth, meaning the top three was now de Vries, Hoekstra and Whitehouse. The latter made a mistake and was forced to pit, allowing Enamorado back into the podium positions.

Holt recovered from a spin to take fourth, after a fantastic overtake on fifth-placed driver Mike Bell, who drove brilliantly as an eleventh-hour stand in.

After a dramatic Round 1, Sven de Vries leads Sam Holt by 17 points, with a resurgent Wopke Hoekstra sat in third.

In the Constructors, THUnderdog hold an eight point advantage over Nova Simracing.


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