1997 F1 Challenge Championship season

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The 1997 F1 Challenge Championship season was the first season of F1 Challenge Championship. It was won by Daniel Melrose, driving for Jordan, while Williams took the constructors title. The online F1CC series was formed mainly for F1RWRS drivers to have something to do away from the races, with guest drivers and a select few who took up the challenge of discovering the server to have a chance of racing against the big boys.

Teams and Drivers

Three categories

Due to the nature of the series, previous racing experience wasn't necessary. However, the championship was created mainly for F1RWRS drivers, specifically by Jeroen Krautmeir. With a reasonable number of drivers accepting, the names on the entry list were impressive: Daniel Melrose, James Davies, Nathanael Spencer, Damon Cannon, Thomas De Bock, Hagane Shizuka, Giovanni Roda, Phoenix McAllister, Pippa Mann, Douglas Mann, David Koczo, Tristan Jung and Darren Older Jr all accepting the offer and competing in the first race weekend.

More drivers would be invited to the series to make up an even more interesting grid including drivers that were not competing in the F1RWRS at the time, such as John Zimmer, who had just retired from racing, 1997 World Champion Jack Christopherson and GT racer Warren Hughes.

Finally, with places left on the grid, Krautmeir had the idea of offering the remaining seats to the average Joes of the world. This wouldn't be easy though. The spots would be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to the people who could bypass the virtual obstacles to connect to the protected server used to run the series. The five available spots went to James Chapman, Ed Kevin (not related to Edward Kevin), Mitch Herrtz, Emil Klok and Miguel Zapatero.

Chart

Team Constructor Chassis Engine # Race Drivers Rounds
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Danka Yamaha Arrows Arrows A18 Yamaha 0 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr All
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW19 Renault 3 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann All
4 Flag of Japan svg.png Barii Mori 3-17
Flag of Italy svg.png Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F310B Ferrari 5 Flag of Spain svg.png Miguel Zapatero All
6 Flag of Finland svg.png Nick Nurmester 2-17
Flag of Italy svg.png Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B197 Renault 7 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka All
8 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Chapman All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/12 Mercedes 9 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister All
10 Flag of Ireland svg.png Ed Kevin All
Flag of Ireland svg.png Benson & Hedges Jordan Peugeot Jordan 197 Peugeot 11 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose All
12 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson All
Flag of France svg.png Prost Gauloises Blondes Prost JS45 Mugen-Honda 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Jeroen Krautmeir All
15 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies All
Flag of Switzerland svg.png Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C16 Petronas 16 Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer All
17 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png PIAA Tyrrell Ford Tyrrell 025 Ford 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Mitch Herrtz All
19 Flag of Poland svg.png Emil Klok All
Flag of Italy svg.png Minardi Team Minardi M197 Hart 20 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer All
21 Flag of the United States svg.png Tristan Jung All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png HSBC Malaysia Stewart Ford Stewart SF01 Ford 22 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo All
23 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Warren Hughes All
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png MasterCard Lola F1 Team Lola T97/30 Ford 24 Flag of Italy svg.png Giovanni Roda All
25 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann All

Calendar

Races

Race Track Pole position Winning driver Winning constructor
Flag of Australia svg.png Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault
Flag of Brazil svg.png Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace Flag of Spain svg.png Miguel Zapatero Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Yamaha
Flag of Argentina svg.png Argentine Grand Prix Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose Flag of Ireland svg.png Jordan-Peugeot
Flag of San Marino svg.png San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann Flag of Japan svg.png Barii Mori Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault
Flag of Monaco svg.png Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Mitch Herrtz Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Yamaha
Flag of Spain svg.png Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya Flag of Spain svg.png Miguel Zapatero Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Yamaha
Flag of Canada.svg.png Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Flag of Spain svg.png Miguel Zapatero Flag of Ireland svg.png Ed Kevin Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Mercedes
Flag of France svg.png French Grand Prix Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Yamaha
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault
Flag of Germany svg.png German Grand Prix Hockenheimring Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann Flag of Japan svg.png Barii Mori Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault
Flag of Hungary svg.png Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring Flag of Spain svg.png Miguel Zapatero Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Yamaha
Flag of Belgium svg.png Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Flag of Germany svg.png Jeroen Krautmeir Flag of France svg.png Prost-Mugen-Honda
Flag of Italy svg.png Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault
Flag of Austria svg.png Austrian Grand Prix A-1 Ring Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose Flag of Ireland svg.png Jordan-Peugeot
Flag of Luxembourg svg.png Luxembourg Grand Prix Nürburgring Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Yamaha
Flag of Japan svg.png Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault
Flag of Europe svg.png European Grand Prix Circuito Permanente de Jerez Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose Flag of Ireland svg.png Jordan-Peugeot

Championship standings

Drivers

Pos Driver AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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MON
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ESP
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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BEL
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ITA
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AUT
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LUX
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JPN
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EUR
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Pts
1 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose 2 Ret 1 4 3 6 Ret 2 3 4 Ret 8 2 1 2 2 1 75
2 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann 1 Ret 3 Ret 4 4 5 3 1 Ret 2 Ret 1 4 Ret 1 2 71
3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Damon Cannon Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 1 6 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 3 2 1 Ret 6 68
4 Flag of Japan svg.png Barii Mori 11 1 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 1 3 Ret 5 10 3 Ret Ret 30
5 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka Ret Ret 4 5 Ret 13 4 4 Ret 3 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret 8 5 20
6 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister 7 Ret Ret 6 8 Ret 2 Ret 5 Ret 4 Ret Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 19
7 Flag of Germany svg.png Jeroen Krautmeir 3 Ret Ret 8 12 Ret Ret 9 7 7 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 5 7 16
8 Flag of Spain svg.png Miguel Zapatero Ret 2 10 3 Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 7 Ret Ret 16
9 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock 4 Ret 6 7 Ret 3 3 Ret 10 9 8 Ret 8 Ret 4 11 8 15
10 Flag of Finland svg.png Nick Nurmester Ret 5 2 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 6 9 Ret 13
11 Flag of Ireland svg.png Ed Kevin Ret 6 Ret Ret 11 8 1 10 8 Ret 7 Ret Ret 7 Ret 6 Ret 12
12 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Chapman 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 9 2 14 5 Ret 8 8 10 4 12
13 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older Jr Ret 1 7 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 11
14 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson 11 8 Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 3 3 11
15 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Ret 5 12 Ret 7 16 9 Ret Ret 8 10 2 Ret 5 10 Ret Ret 10
16 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Mitch Herrtz Ret 4 Ret 10 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 3 Ret 11 Ret Ret 9 7
17 Flag of Poland svg.png Emil Klok 8 11 Ret 9 6 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7
18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Pippa Mann Ret Ret 2 Ret 10 Ret 11 11 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 15 11 14 Ret 6
19 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer 10 Ret 13 11 2 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 6
20 Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer 5 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 6 9 Ret 10 9 5 7 11 6
21 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo 12 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 8 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5
22 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Warren Hughes 9 Ret 9 Ret 5 7 Ret 5 Ret Ret 12 Ret 7 13 Ret 13 Ret 4
23 Flag of the United States svg.png Tristan Jung Ret 10 8 Ret 9 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 14 Ret Ret 10 2
24 Flag of Italy svg.png Giovanni Roda Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 11 12 Ret 11 11 Ret Ret Ret 16 12 15 Ret 0

Constructors

Pos Constructor # AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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MON
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ESP
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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BEL
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ITA
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AUT
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LUX
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JPN
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EUR
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Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault 3 1 Ret 3 Ret 4 4 5 3 1 Ret 2 Ret 1 4 Ret 1 2 101
4 11 1 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 1 3 Ret 5 10 3 Ret Ret
2 Flag of Ireland svg.png Jordan-Peugeot 11 2 Ret 1 4 3 6 Ret 2 3 4 Ret 8 2 1 2 2 1 86
12 11 8 Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 3 3
3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Yamaha 0 Ret 1 7 Ret Ret Ret 10 6 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 79
2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 1 6 1 2 Ret 1 Ret 3 2 1 Ret 6
4 Flag of Italy svg.png Benetton-Renault 7 Ret Ret 4 5 Ret 13 4 4 Ret 3 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret 8 5 32
8 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 9 2 14 5 Ret 8 8 10 4
5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Mercedes 9 7 Ret Ret 6 8 Ret 2 Ret 5 Ret 4 Ret Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 31
10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 11 8 1 10 8 Ret 7 Ret Ret 7 Ret 6 Ret
6 Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari 5 Ret 2 10 3 Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 7 Ret Ret 29
6 Ret 5 2 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 6 9 Ret
7 Flag of France svg.png Prost-Mugen-Honda 14 3 Ret Ret 8 12 Ret Ret 9 7 7 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 5 7 26
15 Ret 5 12 Ret 7 16 9 Ret Ret 8 10 2 Ret 5 10 Ret Ret
8 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Sauber-Petronas 16 5 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 6 9 Ret 10 9 5 7 11 21
17 4 Ret 6 7 Ret 3 3 Ret 10 9 8 Ret 8 Ret 4 11 8
9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tyrrell-Ford 18 Ret 4 Ret 10 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 3 Ret 11 Ret Ret 9 14
19 8 11 Ret 9 6 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret
10 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Stewart-Ford 22 12 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 8 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 9
23 9 Ret 9 Ret 5 7 Ret 5 Ret Ret 12 Ret 7 13 Ret 13 Ret
11 Flag of Italy svg.png Minardi-Hart 20 10 Ret 13 11 2 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 8
21 Ret 10 8 Ret 9 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 14 Ret Ret 10
12 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Lola-Ford 24 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 11 12 Ret 11 11 Ret Ret Ret 16 12 15 Ret 6
25 Ret Ret 2 Ret 10 Ret 11 11 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 15 11 14 Ret