Lance Stroll, Prema, European F3, Imola, 2016

Formula Three, Formula Renault and BTCC titles won

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The driver widely tipped to be a Williams F1 racer next year clinched the European Formula Three championship last weekend.

And that wasn’t the only title clinched over the last 48 hours. The remarkable Lando Norris collected his third crown of 2016 and the British Touring Car Championship reached an exciting conclusion at Brands Hatch.

European Formula Three championship

Races 25-27 of 30, Imola

Lance Stroll clinched the European Formula Three title with victory in the second race of the weekend at Imola. The 17-year-old then underlined his domination of this year’s championship with an emphatic victory in the third race of the weekend. He is now widely tipped to be announced as a Williams F1 driver for next year.

Red Bull junior team driver Nika Kari scored his first F3 victory in the opening race of the weekend.

NASCAR

Just six drivers finished on the lead lap at Dover as Martin Truex Jnr dominated proceedings at his home track. Tony Steward, Chris Buescher, Jamie McMurray and Kyla Larson were all eliminated in the ‘Chase for the Cup’.

World Rally Championship

Rally 10 of 13: France

Sebastien Ogier moved closer to a fourth consecutive World Rally Championship title with victory in the Tour de Corse. Kris Meeke hit a tree on day two and dropped out, allowing Thierry Neuville to take second place ahead of Ogier’s team mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

World Rallycross Championship

Round 10 of 12: Latvia

Sebastien Loeb took his first World Rallycross Championship victory but Mattias Ekstrom increased his championship lead by finishing second.

Formula V8 3.5

Races 13 and 14 of 18: Monza

Tom Dillmann’s championship lead was slashed by Louis Deletraz and Roy Nissany over the course of two races at Monza. Nissany won the opening race comfortably from pole position and should have started the second from the head of the pack, but stalled and had to start from the pits. Nonetheless he recovered to sixth place. A pair of podiums for Deletraz leaves him 11 points behind Dillmann with 100 remaining to be won, while Nissany is a further 17 adrift.

Egor Orudzev joined Nissany by becoming the second driver this year to win three races, but Arden team mate Aurelian Panis was taken to hospital after complaining of back pains following a lap one crash. In the same race Pietro Fittipaldi took his best result of the season so far with fourth; the day before he completed the entire race distance with a traffic cone stuck to his car after cutting the chicane on lap one.

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British Touring Car Championship

Races 28 to 30 of 30: Brands Hatch Grand Prix

Gordon Shedden went into the final race of the year two points behind points leader Sam Tordoff. But third place in the finale cemented his third British Touring Car title, successfully defending the crown he won last year.

Shedden began the race behind Tordoff but passed the BMW driver early on and kept a hold on his podium place despite spending the final lap under fierce pressure from Adam Morgan.

Colin Turkington won the first two races of the weekend while Mat Jackson tied him on five 2016 wins in the finale.

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Guest series: Euroformula Open

Races 11 and 12 of 16: Monza

Leonardo Pulcini won both races at home but he was made to work hard for the final one: His last-lap scrap with Ferdinand Habsburg was some of the best action we’ve seen all year.

Also last weekend

Antonio Giovinazzi, Pierre Gasly, Prema, GP2, 2016
Prema claimed their first piece of GP2 silverware
Red Bull claimed a one-two in Malaysia after Lewis Hamilton retired with an engine failure. Nico Rosberg extended his points lead by recovering to third place after being hit by Sebastian Vettel on the first lap.

There was more joy for Prema in the support races as they clinched the GP2 teams’ championship in their first year in the category. The drivers’ championship will almost certainly go to one of their racers in the finale at Abu Dhabi next month. Antonio Giovinazzi took victory in the first race after team mate and pole sitter Pierre Gasly made a poor start. Luca Ghiotto claimed his first win in the sprint race.

Charles Leclerc failed to convert pole to victory in the first GP3 race of the weekend, allowing title rival Alexander Albon to win and reduce the gap between them. Leclerc reduced Albon’s total points gain to just the by beating him home in the second race, and heads to the finale with a handy 29-point lead over his team mate.

Second place in the first of three races at the Hockenheimring was enough to guarantee a third championship trophy of 2016 for Lando Norris. The 16-year-old has already taken the Formula Toyota New Zealand crown and Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup title.

Over to you

Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards, Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, 2015
Tin top fever: It’s Bathurst next weekend
What racing action did you enjoy last weekend? What will you be watching next weekend? Let us know in the comments.

One of the most keenly anticipated races on the motorsport calendar takes place next weekend: The Bathurst 1000, part of the Australian Supercars championship.

Also next weekend the 2016-17 Formula E season begins in Hong Kong, F1 heads to Suzuka, and the NASCAR Round of 12 begins at Charlotte.

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9 comments on “Formula Three, Formula Renault and BTCC titles won”

  1. Well done to Prema Powerteam. On another level in all categories this year. Winning European F3, German F4, and the GP2 series (Which they entered for the first time this year).

  2. BATHURST!!

    Got to get my tickets for the FE race in Brussels!

  3. Well done Gordon Shedden! Great performance from him.

  4. With the likes of Deletraz, Nissany, Fittipaldi and Panis on the gird Formula 3.5 V8 should change its name to “Formula I’m from a racing family”.

    1. And Binder. (And earlier in the year Cecotto too!)

    2. Nice one @geemac and @keithcollantine.

      In another hand, the field is thin as a rail. It is so scanty it’s a joke for a series I loved and visited for years, only 14 cars were on the grid last weekend out of the skinny 18 different drivers that have participated in the season. Comtec were supposed to race for the first time of 2016 in Monza and did not appeared.
      Sad for a category that good in the past.

      1. @jeff1s Comtec are returning to the series at the next round at Jerez with up and coming Aussie star Thomas Randle

        1. You’re right I mixed Monza & Jerez.

      2. FlyingLobster27
        3rd October 2016, 21:24

        The FIA’s Superlicence system is what’s drained the teams and big talents away from FV8, @jeff1s, leaving us with a very meh field of drivers. I wasn’t impressed by the Spielberg race I watched a few weeks ago.

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