2010 F1RWRS Chinese Grand Prix

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Flag of China svg.png 2010 Chinese Grand Prix
Race 4 of 9 in the 2010 F1RWRS season
Shanghai.png
Date 6 June, 2010
Official Name I Lenovo Chinese Grand Prix
Location Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China
Course Permanent racing facility
5.451 km (3.387 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 163.53 km (101.61 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec
Time 1:19.20
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford
Time 1:19.45
Podium
First Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson JLD-BMW
Second Flag of the United States svg.png Dan BH Bangelia-Alfa Romeo
Third Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Rosenforth-Jaguar


The 2010 F1RWRS Chinese Grand Prix was the fourth race of the 2010 F1RWRS season held at Shanghai. Dave Simpson won the race, becoming the first man to win multiple F1RWRS races.

Race Report

Coming to Shanghai, Gary Cameron held the championship lead with a four-point gap to Ashley Watkinson. However, qualifying set up the situation for Watkinson to retake the chapionship lead, qualifying seventh, while Cameron had a disastrous session. The championship leader would start from 18th place. Meanwhile, Nathanael Spencer, who was seventh in the championship at that point, took the pole.

Spencer led from the start, with Daniel Melrose jumping to second ahead of Luca Pacchiarini, although the Italian quickly took the lead with Melrose second, but the Australian quickly experienced problems and dropped to fifth place, Dan BH moving up to third with Watkinson already up to fourth place.

Quickly, the order within the top ten began shifting, with BH now challenging Pacchiarini for the lead, with Melrose quickly joining the fight and taking the lead while BH dropped back. Pacchiarini then retook the lead only to be passed by Spencer, who would bravely defend his lead for a few laps, with Melrose third and Douglas Mann up to fourth place. In the meantime, backmarkers started to pit, probably hoping for a good result in the end.

Pacchiarini then took the lead from Spencer and immediately started pulling out a gap, while Mann took third position from Melrose. Gary Cameron, meanwhile, was making his way up the field. Spencer then retook the lead, Pacchiarini and Mann quickly dropping backwards. James Davies was now best placed for the win, as he was now in tenth position and best of the early pitters.

Watkinson, who had been second for a short while, quickly dropped to fourth place, David Koczo taking third behind Pacchiarini. Davies, meanwhile, was already fifth, with Cameron up to tenth. On lap 15, Davies takes the lead and immediately begins to pull away, Spencer now second with Koczo third, Phoenix McAllister up to fourth and Pacchiarini down to fifth place.

Spencer then began losing speed, leaving Koczo and Dave Simpson to fight for second place. Cameron was already well into the top 10, but hadn't yet pitted. Simpson quickly left Koczo and began chasing down Davies, whose tyres were beginning to wear. Gary Cameron, who was fourth at that point, finally pits on lap 18.

The pit stops then entered the second phase, and we saw an anonymous Hagane Shizuka move into the top ten, but quickly drop to last place, behind Thomas De Bock. After the stops cycled out, James Davies still led the race from Dave Simpson ahead of BH, Frank Zimmer, Darren Older, Jr., Nathanael Spencer, Simon Redman, Watkinson, McAllister and Douglas Mann. Championship leader Gary Cameron was down to last after his stop.

Almost immediately, Davies begins to find more pace, while Cameron passes Shizuka for 18th and Older, Jr. starts to struggle on worn tyres, getting passed by Spencer, while Davies starts to get closer to lapping the top ten.

On lap 28, the turning point of the race occurred, as race leader James Davies' right-rear tyre explodes on the run down to the hairpin, and the incident costs him three places to Simpson, BH and Zimmer, showing the risks of an early pit stop. Older, Jr., whose tyres were just one lap younger, is told to pit from sixth position in order to avoid a similar accident and drops to last, 3 laps behind Simpson.

The incident cost Davies the win and Dave Simpson took the race win, becoming the first driver to win multiple F1RWRS Grands Prix. Dan BH took second place, confirming his win at Oschersleben was no fluke, while Frank Zimmer took third place. In the battle for the championship, Gary Cameron didn't do himself any favours, finishing 15th, although he took the fastest lap of the race. This drops him to third in the championship, with Ashley Watkinson second and Frank Zimmer in the lead, helped by his three high-scoring races, although he is yet to win a race. Dan BH's good race elevates him to an equal fourth place in the championship alongside Dave Simpson, whose two wins were his only points scores.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 14 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec 1:19.20 +-.--
2 20 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 1:19.34 +0.14
3 12 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-Porsche 1:19.45 +0.25
4 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson JLD-Porsche 1:19.50 +0.30
5 16 Flag of the United States svg.png Dan BH Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 1:19.74 +0.54
6 5 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Rosenforth-Jaguar 1:19.90 +0.70
7 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson CR-Ford 1:19.93 +0.73
8 10 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford 1:20.19 +0.89
9 17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 1:20.35 +1.15
10 2 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann West Cliff-Chevrolet 1:20.35 +1.15
11 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones West Cliff-Chevrolet 1:20.49 +1.29
12 6 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Adam Lewis KQ-Hyundai 1:20.77 +1.57
13 8 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Calinetic-Ford 1:20.80 +1.60
14 7 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka KQ-Hyundai 1:20.91 +1.71
15 19 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older, Jr. CR-Ford 1:21.13 +1.93
16 4 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Rosenforth-Jaguar 1:21.28 +2.08
17 15 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec 1:21.48 +2.28
18 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford 1:21.52 +2.32
19 11 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford 1:21.68 +2.48

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 13 Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson JLD-Porsche 30 43:43.28 4 10
2 16 Flag of the United States svg.png Dan BH Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 30 +18.32 5 9
3 5 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer Rosenforth-Jaguar 30 +1:13.26 6 8
4 17 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png James Davies Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 30 +1:24.37 9 7
5 14 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Nathanael Spencer Prospec 30 +1:34.56 1 6
6 18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson CR-Ford 29 +1 lap 7 5
7 10 Flag of Australia svg.png Simon Redman Kahama-Ford 29 +1 lap 8 4
8 8 Flag of Spain svg.png Phoenix McAllister Calinetic-Ford 29 +1 lap 13 3
9 12 Flag of Australia svg.png Daniel Melrose JLD-Porsche 29 +1 lap 3 2
10 15 Flag of Hungary svg.png David Koczo Prospec 29 +1 lap 17 1
11 20 Flag of Italy svg.png Luca Pacchiarini Pacchia-Coswojuddhartlambo 29 +1 lap 2  
12 2 Flag of the Isle of Man svg.png Douglas Mann West Cliff-Chevrolet 29 +1 lap 10  
13 3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Sammy Jones West Cliff-Chevrolet 29 +1 lap 11  
14 11 Flag of Germany svg.png Kay Lon Kahama-Ford 28 +2 laps 19  
15 9 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron Calinetic-Ford 28 +2 laps 18  
16 6 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Adam Lewis KQ-Hyundai 28 +2 laps 12  
17 4 Flag of Belgium svg.png Thomas De Bock Rosenforth-Jaguar 28 +2 laps 16  
18 7 Flag of Japan svg.png Hagane Shizuka KQ-Hyundai 28 +2 laps 14  
19 19 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Darren Older, Jr. CR-Ford 27 +3 laps 15  
  • Fastest Lap: Gary Cameron: 1:19.45

Standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Australia svg.png Frank Zimmer 24
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Ashley Watkinson 22
3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Gary Cameron 21
4= Flag of Australia svg.png Dave Simpson 20
4= Flag of the United States svg.png Dan BH 20
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Prospec 33
2 Flag of Jamaica svg.png Calinetic-Ford 32
3 Flag of Italy svg.png Bangelia-Alfa Romeo 31
4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Rosenforth-Jaguar 28
5 Flag of Spain svg.png CR-Ford 25
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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