It was a strong weekend for Australians on the world stage, with Joey Mawson reaching the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup podium for the first time at Monza as Oscar Piastri firmed to claim the Formula Renault Eurocup title.
Driving for Team Australia, Mawson finished third in a race that saw 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion Jaxon Evans start from pole.
Evans led the field into the first chicane but was hit by Ayhancan Guven. The New Zealander dropped to fourth and eventually finished sixth.
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Guven took the chequered flag first, but a five-second penalty for the incident dropped him to fifth.
Larry ten Voorde inherited a maiden Supercup win ahead of Michael Ammermüller and Mawson.
Mawson had kept championship leader Ammermüller behind for much of the race before the two-time reigning champion German made his way past.
Regardless, it was a well-deserved breakthrough for Mawson.
“That was a fantastic race with an excellent result for me,” the 23-year-old said after the race.
“Unfortunately, a minor error cost me second place. Still, I’m delighted to make it to the podium.”
The series moves to Mexico City for the season finale across October 25-27.
Piastri in control of Formula Renault Eurocup championship
Mawson wasn’t the only Aussie to make waves alongside Daniel Ricciardo on Sunday, with teenager Piastri claiming a sixth victory of the Formula Renault Eurocup season at the Hungaroring.
Piastri’s CV is extensive — he boasts various Australian national and state karting championships, and was runner-up in the 2017 British Formula 4 Championship.
The young Melbourne-born driver has been the form driver of the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup season, taking wins at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, the Nurburgring and the Hungaroring.
The weekend wasn’t entirely smooth — the 18-year-old’s Saturday ended en route to the grid when he lost control on a wet patch of the circuit following a downpour.
However, he bounced back 24 hours later to win and extended his series lead to 37.5 points over Frenchman Victor Martins with six races left to run.
The series moves to Barcelona in Spain for rounds 15 and 16 across September 27-29, where Piastri will look to tighten his grip on the title.
“The team has been really good these past two weeks. We had pace in every session both last weekend and this,” he said.
“From now it’s about being consistent. Winning races is a good way to be consistent but where I can still improve is when things aren’t quite perfect.
“I need to make life easier for myself, making sure I am around the top three. If I can do that it should pay dividends by the end of the year.”