Formula Ree Round 8 Report – Filippakos Wins on Three Wheels

Lazaros Filippakos won the Formula Ree championship in the final round at London, albeit not without his share of spills which saw him finish both races on three wheels.

With team mate Kyran Parkin missing out due to illness, Filippakos only needed three points to take the title, with James Lambert still mathematically in contention despite failing to win any of the preceding fourteen races. With the narrow London ciruit featuring tricky corners and unforgiving walls, the races were always going to feature attrition and so it proved. However, Filippakos survived a late crash and limped round the final two laps on three wheels to finish a lapped 3rd, only being overtaken by Mark Singleton as Matthew Wheeler took a dominant win at the front. Despite the inglorious end, it was enough to secure the championship. Sam Hill, making his first start of the season, finished 7th after miscalculating his energy usage and having to coast the final few laps.

Though mathematically out of contention for the overall championship, Lambert responded by winning the final race from Wheeler, and the Australian’s strong performance was enough to overhaul Lambert for 3rd in the championship. Mike Bell finished 3rd, over a minute behind the top two, while Craig Woollard scored an excellent 4th after surviving where other faster cars failed to. Ryan Eastham also benefitted from attriton to score his first points since Monaco in 7th. Filippakos, meanwhile, needed to be pushed over the line by Chris Williamson after losing a rear wheel in a crash on the final lap and was eventually classified 9th.

Race 1 Result
Pos Up Driver Team Time/Retired Qual Time Fastest lap
1 ▲1 Matthew Wheeler Random Racing 40:45.02 01:16.08 01:16.62
2 ▲3 Mark Singleton Bad Pun Racing 00:47.75 01:17.63 01:17.55
3 ▼2 Lazaros Filippakos Unified E-troleum Autosports +1 lap 01:15.30 01:18.25
4 ▲3 Mike Bell aureus motorsport +1 lap 01:17.98 01:18.74
5 ▼1 James Lambert Tropico +1 lap 01:16.51 01:18.92
6 ▲2 Bjorn Golda aureus motorsport +1 lap 01:18.39 01:20.09
7 ▲8 Sam Hill Argosport +2 laps 01:19.73
8 ▲1 Campbell Wallis Kaibutsu e-Racing +2 laps 01:18.69 01:18.97
9 ▼3 Artur Borowski Argosport +4 laps 01:17.74 01:20.98
10 ►0 Martin Fernandez Realish Racing NDP Accident 01:20.50 01:20.52
11 ▼8 Scott Sovik Murasaki Accident 01:16.19 01:17.28
12 ▼1 Craig Woollard byCraig Racing Accident 01:21.22 01:22.47
13 ▼1 April Carlsvard Tropico Engine 01:22.05 01:19.84
14 ▲2 Ryan Eastham Kaibutsu e-Racing Suspension 01:22.82
15 ▼2 Brad Whalen Fury Racing Accident 01:24.42 01:32.61
16 ▼2 Chris Williamson Random Racing Accident 01:27.94 01:26.06
Race 2 Result
Pos Up Driver Team Time/Retired Fastest lap
1 ▲3 James Lambert Tropico 21:04.26 01:17.92
2 ▲6 Matthew Wheeler Random Racing 00:02.80 01:16.46
3 ▲2 Mike Bell aureus motorsport 01:07.22 01:18.60
4 ▲8 Craig Woollard byCraig Racing 01:10.51 01:20.77
5 ▼2 Bjorn Golda aureus motorsport 01:10.71 01:20.05
6 ▲1 Mark Singleton Bad Pun Racing 01:18.30 01:20.68
7 ▲7 Ryan Eastham Kaibutsu e-Racing +1 lap 01:20.70
8 ▲7 Chris Williamson Random Racing +1 lap 01:22.68
9 ▼3 Lazaros Filippakos Unified E-troleum Autosports +1 lap 01:16.44
10 ▼9 Campbell Wallis Kaibutsu e-Racing Accident 01:19.55
11 ▼1 Martin Fernandez Realish Racing NDP Suspension 01:23.95
12 ▼1 Scott Sovik Murasaki Accident 01:18.93
13 ▼4 Artur Borowski Argosport Suspension 01:20.89
14 ▼12 Sam Hill Argosport Suspension 01:19.78
15 ▼2 April Carlsvard Tropico Suspension
Championship Top 5s

Lazaros Filippakos (UPA) – 93; Kyran Parkin (UPA) – 88; Matthew Wheeler (Random) – 83; James Lambert (Tropico) – 81; Mark Singleton (BPR) – 61

Unified E-troleum Autosports – 181; Tropico Motorsport – 108; Bad Pun Racing – 100; Aureus Motorsport – 88; Random Racing – 86