After a stunning performance to take victory in race one on Sunday, Lewis Ellington once again had it all to do, starting in fifteenth position for the reverse grid sprint race. The race distance was 9 laps, and with Jonas Phipps and Gianni Ledesma forming the first row of the grid, there was sure to be a fierce fight for victory in the Styrian mountains.
So after 9 extremely hard-fought laps, it is Lewis Ellington who once again wins, and in doing so becomes the first ever double winner in the VTC in a single event. Kurtis Gardner caps a fine weekend for him as well with second, while Gianni Ledesma shows his potential by holding third place from second on the grid. From the back, Alexey Nowosinki only managing to climb to 16th, capping a miserable weekend for the Polish driver.
After his impressive weekend, Lewis Ellington holds a 30 point lead over Kurtis Gardner, while Alexey Nowosinki is now a further 5 points back after failing to score a single point all weekend. Overall, 17 drivers have scored a point so far this season, while it is Cheema VTC Team who lead the team's standings due to Ellington's contribution, while Audi Sport Team Lapierre have benefitted from both Nico Jager and Khaled Al Shabbab's decent pace to only find themselves 22 points behind despite Nowosinki's double nul-points score.
The next round of the championship is at the Pau street circuit, with retirements very likely on the tight, twisty circuit - the event is scheduled for the 29 June - 1st July. We look forward to you joining us then!
The third round of the VTC World Cup takes the circus to the Styrian mountains, with qualifying producing a slightly jumbled grid, not least with pole sitter Michal Kubat. The circuit is highly conducive to overtaking in the VTC specification touring cars, so the racing is sure to be action packed. The grid is ready and drivers lined up, so it's time to race!
With a sensational performance, Lewis Ellington takes victory from 13th on the grid, battling through the high class field to take top honours. Kurtis Gardner takes second place from second on the grid, while Regi Abott took the final podium position to continue his solid start to the season. On the other hand, Alexey Nowosinki's retirement could prove doubly harmful to his championship challenge as it means he'll have to start Monday's race two from 30th and last on the grid. Meanwhile, it is Jonas Phipps who will be starting from pole having finished in 15th, with Gianni Ledesma alongside.
The championship standings after race 5 of the championship are as follows:
Join us tomorrow for the sixth race of the
The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg plays host to the third round of the 2018 VTC World Cup, with the track in the Styrian mountains offering a unique challenge to drivers and teams alike - the race is sure to be hard fought and frenetic, with the risk of retirements increased due to the tight corners and long straights.
In qualifying, it was an unexpected pole position for Czech SEAT driver Michal Kubat, who beat Downton's Kurtis Gardner by only 32 thousandths of a second to take the bonus point and 1st place on the grid for tomorrow's race one. Downton capped an excellent session with third place for Bradley Downton and fourth for Ethan Putnam, while championship leader Alexey Nowosinki was fifth for Audi Sport Team Lapierre. In the session, the top 13 were covered by 6 tenths of a second, with two seconds covering the top 20, showing the competitive nature of the grid.
The full results from the qualifying session are shown below:
It was Lewis Ellington who clinched victory in race one only hours prior, but now it is time for the second race of the day at the Brno circuit. Temperatures have dropped ever so slightly, and the top-15 reversed grid means Nico Jager is on pole position alongside Lucas Tetrault for the Mercedes team.
While race 1 was 11 laps, the race 2 sprint is only 8, meaning drivers must be decisive when making their moves, meaning there is an even greater chance of action throughout the field.
Everyone is poised to start, so here is the second race of the 2018 ENI Race of Czechia!
After a race full of action and intrigue, Gerard Alaniz is the winner for Renault in excellent style - the fourth winner in four races for four different brands, highlighting the competitive nature of the VTC World Cup.
Alaniz's victory catapults him up to fifth in the championship, while Nowosinki's consistency leaves him in the lead of the championship with 62 points, only 5 ahead of race 1 winner Lewis Ellington, with Kurtis Gardner in third 20 points further back. Audi lead the constructors standings ahead of Cheema with their Alfa Romeos, with Downton in third.
Join us for round three of the VTC World Cup from the Red Bull Ring in Austria in three week's time!
Hello and welcome to the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic for the races from round 2 of the 2018 VTC World Cup. Last time out it was Regi Abott and Alexey Nowosinki who won in Zolder, with the Polish driver leaving Belgium with the championship lead. Abel Osterhagen qualified on pole position all the way back on Friday, and after being able to enjoy the weekend off, the teams and drivers are ready for a somewhat unique situation of a pair of Monday races.
All thirty cars are on the grid and ready to go, including the new Toyota works team run by the Morley team.
After a gruelling 11 laps, it's Lewis Ellington and the Cheema VTC Team that take victory for Alfa Romeo, continuing his fine start to the season with his maiden VTC victory. Abel Osterhagen couldn't quite hang on to the lead from pole, but both him and the Phoenix Motorsport team should be very pleased with a podium finish, while Alexey Nowosinki completes the podium with another good performance.
After the third race of the season, the championship standings are as follows:
Join us again - later on today - for the second race of the Brno event, where due to his 15th place finish, Nico Jager will start on pole for Audi!
The second round of the 2018 VTC World Cup is being held at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic for the ENI Race of Czechia.
Pole position went to Abel Osterhagen for Phoenix Motorsport in the Mini Cooper JCW VTC - and with it the bonus point - while Diego Campos was in second for Cheema VTC Team and Alfa Romeo, and Jonas Phipps rounded out the top three for in his Kenyon Racing Honda.
Phoenix had a tougher time with their other two cars, with Hanson 19th and Maltby 25th, while Cheema's session was altogether more successful with Campos flanked by Ellington in 5th and debutant Anders du Plessis in 10th. Kenyon saw Jarod Lindsey qualify in 12th and Yohan Dubois in last place, while the Downton DS3s qualified 4th, 15th and 16th respectively in the hands of Ethan Putnam, Kurtis Gardner and Bradley Downton. Audi Sport Team Lapierre also suffered mixed results, with Khaled Al Shabbab the highest placed in 7th, ahead of championship leader Alexey Nowosinki in 12th and Nico Jager in 26th. Finally, new team to the VTC World Cup Sapporo Morley Toyota Racing made a solid start to life in the series with 17th, 22nd and 23rd for Nicholas McMahon, Refugio Boyer and Jun Wei Tan.
Full qualifying classification is shown below:
After Alexey Nowosinki's excellent victory in the first race of the 2018 VTC World Cup, the grid are again lined up for the reverse grid race 2, with Volvo's Gianni Ledesma poised on pole position to take advantage. Because of the reverse grid format and shorter race distance, the points for victory are 15 compared to the 25 seen yesterday, but this all combines to make a race filled with action as the drivers at the front of race 1 battle their way through in the second heat.
The grid is ready, so it's time for the race!
After an action packed race it is Kurtis Gardner who takes the spoils for Downton, and with it the 15 points for victory. Alexey Nowosinki's drive from 15th to 2nd was a joy to behold, while Bradley Downton scoring a podium for his eponymous team in the factory-backed DS3 is a simply incredible result.
His drive through the field ensures Nowosinki leaves Belgium tonight with the championship lead, while Lewis Ellington's solid result in both races places him second. Victory in the second heat means Kurtis Gardner is third in the championship, while 14 different drivers scored at least one point over the course of the weekend.
For the team's championship, only the team's best placed car scores points to ensure an element of fairness for single car teams.
Join us next time for the second round of the 2018 VTC World Cup at the ENI Race of Czechia from Brno in three weeks time!
Hello and welcome to the first race of the 2018 VTC World Cup season from the Circuit Zolder - the Total Race of Belgium. The circuit has hosted many prestigious events over the years, but few have been as exciting as the prospect of world-class virtual touring car racing starting a new chapter.
The thirty-strong field are ready to race, with plenty of talking points throughout the grid, from Regi Abott securing pole at home for the Signature-Ford Performance team all the way down.
So there it is, after a nailbiting 14 lap race, it is Alexey Nowosinki who takes the spoils for Audi in the first ever VTC World Cup race, and with it the full 25 points. Lewis Ellington takes an excellent second for the Cheema squad only a week after his stellar performance in the IndyVirtual Japan 500, while Regi Abott held on for a podium after starting from pole position. For race two tomorrow, it's 15th place man Gianni Ledesma that will start on pole position for Volvo Johansson Racing alongside Ivan Fyodorov in his Lada. Join us then for what promises to be a frantic 10 lap race to see how far up the order the leaders from today can go.
After the first race, the championship unsurprisingly follows that of the race result:
The inaugural FVA VTC World Cup kicked off in style at the Circuit Zolder in Belgium with the first ever qualifying session for the series. After two untimed free practice sessions that gave drivers and teams the chance to set their cars up, the drivers were given 12 laps within the one hour session to qualify for race one. Testament to the quality of the drivers and cars throughout the field, every single driver completed all twelve of their laps, with the top 10 all covered by a single second.
It was home-town hero Regi Abott and his Signature-Ford Performance team that took the honour of the inaugural pole position, over a tenth of a second ahead of Diego Campos in the Cheema-run Alfa Romeo. Lewis Ellington made it two Alfa Romeos in the top three, but incredibly the Brit was over half a second away from the leading pair, highlighting the incredible job they had done. The Audi Sport Team Lapierre cars qualified in 5th, 7th and 9th, the Downton Motorsport-run DS cars took 6th, 10th and 13th, Kenyon Racing clinched 12th, 23rd and 25th, while Phoenix Motorsport suffered a tough qualifying after looking strong in the final pre-season test, only managing 19th, 27th and 28th.
After the Friday qualifying session, teams will be working hard to perfect their cars ahead of 14 laps in Race 1 on Saturday, with Sunday's reverse-grid Race 2 running over the shorter distance of 11 laps.
The top 12 qualifiers are shown below, complete with Regi Abott's point for pole position making him the first ever VTC World Cup leader, while the timing screens are also shown with complete results for the session.