Another weekend is approaching, and it means another weekend of tuning into Kiwis on the international stage.
Brendon Hartley and Jaxon Evans are in Italy for the first-ever World Endurance Championship race at Monza.
Supercars are back in Townsville for the second of two legs around the Reid Park street circuit, and everyone is wondering who it will be that brings a halt to Shane van Gisbergen’s stranglehold of the series.
Finally, Liam Lawson and Marcus Armstrong are at Silverstone for the latest round of the FIA Formula 2 championship.
Brendon Hartley & Jaxon Evans
- What: World Endurance Championship
- Where: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy
- When: SUN 10 pm
- How to follow: Sky Sport
Brendon Hartley leads the WEC standings after the opening two rounds, but this weekend poses a new challenge for everyone.
WEC has only visited Monza once for a Prologue pre-season test in 2017 but has never raced at the Temple of Speed.
The high-speed, low-downforce circuit will be the first opportunity to learn the true grunt of the Le Mans Hypercars.
It is also the perfect opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours, which also demands a minimal-aero set-up.
“It is so cool to be racing at the temple of speed in our new GR010 HYBRID,” Hartley said.
“Monza has a great history in endurance racing, and it’s great that it’s back on the WEC calendar.
“It will be the first time that we see the new Hypercars on long straights with similar top speeds to Le Mans so, with similar aerodynamic requirements, it will be the perfect preparation.”
Jaxon Evans will be targeting a much better finish this weekend over the first two races, which both ended in retirements.
- What: WD-40 Townsville
- Where: Reid Park Circuit, Australia
- When: R1 SAT 5.00 pm | R2 SUN 2.45 pm | R3 SUN 5.40 pm
- How to follow: Sky Sport
The Supercars Championship returns to Townsville for the second round at the Reid Park Circuit in as many weeks.
Red Bull, or more specifically Shane van Gisbergen, were untouchable last weekend.
The team swept both pole positions and finished 1-2 in the two races, with van Gisbergen on top both occasions.
The Kiwi boasts a massive title lead, and his form seven days ago suggests he is in a position to extend that margin.
Andre Heimgartner had a solid round last week, claiming two 12th-placed finishes.
Whereas Fabian Coulthard had a dismal round littered with misfortune and set-up troubles.
Unlike last weekend, the schedule returns the usual three-race sprint format.
Liam Lawson & Marcus Armstrong
- What: FIA Formula 2
- Where: Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom
- When: R1 SAT 7.45 pm | R2 SUN 1.40 am | R3 SUN 9.45 pm
- How to follow: Spark Sport
It has been well over a month since the last Formula 2 round in Baku, and as the season hits the midway point this weekend, there is still everything to play for.
Liam Lawson claimed a pole position at Baku, but a DNF in race one made and a P7 and P6 in the following two races left the youngster wonder ‘what if.’
Lawson has a strong track record at Silverstone, claiming a win and a podium in Formula 3 last year.
Marcus Armstrong has also gone well at the British circuit, with a podium in the 2019 F3 feature race.
Baku was a step in the right direction for Armstrong.
However, two accidents in the final two races, both racing incidents, meant he only scored a small batch of points from what was looking to be a good weekend.
The Ferrari Junior Driver will be hoping to build on the momentum he gained at Baku and hit the ground running at Silverstone.