Red Bull Ring 19 DECEMBER 2021
Although the championship was decided prior to the final race, the competition was fierce as multiple drivers had the chance to claim their first victory of the season. Lia van Stevelen secured pole position for race 1 ahead of Emily Howe and Steven Carlile. Chris Nolte started P5, and Matt Zee in P6.
As van Stevelen managed to get a jump on the field at the start, heavy contact entering turn 1 between Nolte and Bree Widner put a damper on both of their races, with Nolte being forced to pit for repairs. He would eventually continue, but finished 12 laps behind in P11.
Van Stevelen, Howe, and Carlile swapped positions at the front as track limits proved to be a problem for everyone, resulting in numerous slow-down penalties. Howe began to pull away from the field and Carlile pushed wide on the exit of turn 6, clipping the gravel and sending his car into a spin, losing 12 seconds and multiple positions.
With the field completing their pit stops, a number of drivers received penalties for unsafe pit entry. Among those was the race leader, Howe. A 40-second stop-and-hold proved to be too much to overcome, but she still managed a P4 finish.
The final 10 minutes was a battle between teammates Zee and Carlile, and a hard-charging van Stevelen. Neither of the +MVT Racing Lamborghinis could hold off the Ferrari of van Stevelen, and she would take the lead and maintain the advantage over Carlile for her first victory of the season. Bree Widner came back from her early spin to take the final podium spot. Zee’s superb run was unfortunately hampered by a late race spin on the exit of turn 6, and he crossed the line in P5.
Race 2 began with Kari Fox and Roxie Gibson leading the field to the green flag, but contact in turn 1 between Gibson and Lilac Zier allowed Fox to pull away by 2 seconds as the cars behind took evasive action to avoid the spinning cars. Zee and Nolte made quick progress moving up to P4 and P5 within a few laps, but Carlile struggled to keep pace in P8.
Nolte took the lead from Rebecca Rennie on lap 10 and began to creep away, establishing a 5-second gap over Rennie and Howe. That advantage shrank rapidly however, as Howe made the pass to take P2 and set her sights on the lead.
Problems arose for race 1 winner van Stevelen after contact with Rennie during a hard-fought battle for P3, sending both drivers into the gravel trap. Both drivers managed to hold on, but valuable time was lost in the process and allowed Carlile to move into P3 after the cycle of pit stops completed.
Nolte maintained his lead over Howe into the final minutes of the race, but ultimately lost the battle as Howe made a fantastic move to complete the pass for the win in turn 6 with under 3 minutes remaining. Carlile grabbed another podium in P3, followed by Bree Widner in P4 and Matt Zee in P5.
With the season complete, Howe claimed the championship followed by Carlile in 2nd, and Nolte in 3rd. We are taking a short break for the holidays before preparation begins for the 2022 season. Follow us on Twitter @MVTRacing for announcements and news.
CARLILE – Race 1: P2 /// Race 2: P3
NOLTE – Race 1: P11 /// Race 2: P2
ZEE – Race 1: P5 /// Race 2: P5
Top 5 Points Standings FINAL
|4||Lia van Stevelen||167|