Monday, Apr 16 07:48pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Kiwi Catch Up: Lawson’s up and down debut, penalties + more

Welcome to the Kiwi Catch Up, a new weekly round up on Here you’ll get a brief rundown of the weekend’s racing results from across the globe.


In this week’s edition, the Kiwi contingent was in full force across the world in sports cars and single seaters


Liam Lawson

Liam Lawson

Liam Lawson starts off strong

R1: P3

R2: P17

R3: P17


A double points finish could’ve been on the cards for Liam Lawson in his ADAC German Formula 4 debut last weekend.


The Australian Formula 4 graduate showed he had the pace to be a front runner, but qualifying killed his chances in the second and third races of the weekend.


He started off well with third in the opening race at Motorsportarena Oschersleben. He fell back to fifth off the start but pulled off some of the best moves of his career to get back into a fighting third.


The final two races didn’t bring the best results. An 11th place finish was stripped from the young gun for an infringement. He looked odds on to get 10th in the final race of the weekend and record another points finish only to be forced off the road and suffer a puncture.


The ADAC Formula 4 Championship moves to Hockenheim over May 4–6 for the second round. Lawson sits 7th in the standings on 15 points.


Chris van der Drift 

van der Drift


Chris van der Drift goes good

R1: P3


With two titles under his belt, there’s always a certain level of expectation to perform at the opening round. Chris van der Drift showed his experience in the opening round of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.


The Kiwi netted a third place finish for Team Formax with fellow New Zealander Will Bamber not far behind in sixth.


The championship played support to the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit. The result for van der Drift was the best start to any of his Carrera Cup campaigns, which bodes well for the rest of the season.


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Brendon Hartley 



Hardly Hartley’s fault



After a season best 13th in the Bahrain Grand Prix, Kiwi Brendon Hartley struggled to find that same pace.


It was a similar story for his Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda teammate Pierre Gasly who struggled to match the pace he set last time out. The Frenchman got his first career points at the last round with a fighting fourth, but like Hartley, he had no pace in China.


With both drivers rearwards the pair of them racing together was inevitable. However, what wasn’t expected was for the two to collide.


Hartley got spun around by Gasly after the hit the right rear of the Kiwi at the turn 14 hairpin. The team had instructed Hartley to let Gasly past, but a miscommunication led to the pair making contact.


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Scott Dixon



Scott Dixon set back by penalty

R: P11


A penalty late in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach prevented Scott Dixon from taking an almost certain podium finish.


The Chip Ganassi Racing driver got given a drive-through penalty for pitting under a full course caution.


Dixon was poised to take third or better on the streets of Long Beach, but instead had to fight from the back to get onto the fringe of the top 10.


He eventually finished 11th behind former teammate Charlie Kimball.


Meanwhile, ex-Formula 1 driver Alexander Rossi took home victory in a dominant performance that saw him lead from start to finish.


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Earl Bamber



Earl Bamber robbed of victory



A suspension failure for Earl Bamber and co-driver Laurens Vanthoor denied the Porsche pair from getting victory on the streets of Long Beach.


Bamber was well placed to win with his Belgian teammate, but a suspension failure forced him to retire. 


After they started second, Vanthoor got the Porsche pair into the lead. The sister no. 911 Porsche 911 RSR was further back in fourth, but battled to stay up the front.


Bamber was cruising out in front until a suspension failure following the final caution of the race forced them to retire.


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Dan Gaunt



Dan Gaunt gets fourth at The Bend

R: P4


Dan Gaunt finished fourth alongside Tony Bates in the opening leg of the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship.


The race was won by Tony D’Alberto and Max Twigg in the second Scott Taylor Motorsport operated Mercedes-AMG GT3. The race was slated to take place on the longest version of the South Australian circuit until adverse weather change the organisers plans.


Rather than running on the full 7.77km GT layout, Australian GT Championship organisers chose to run on the shorter 4km International layout at The Bend Motorsport Park.


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