For the first time in it’s history, the MAXX Formula series visited Spain. The Championship final took place on October 23 & 24 at the well known Barcelona-Catalunya F1 circuit.
For most of the drivers, this meeting was their first opportunity to drive on the Catalan track and free practice sessions were used extensively in order to learn the track and adjust the set up of the cars.
Advance class leader Christopher Brenier was the fastest in the Free Practices, followed by Martin Kindler and Nicolas Matile who was back in his Lola Auto GP after a succesful meeting in Le Castellet earlier in the season. Peter Göllner and Hans Laub, both with GP2 cars, as well as Gilles Brenier in the second Superleague Formula also showed a good pace while for veteran Karl Heinz Becker, being in Barcelona was already a success. Indeed, the German driver had a big crash in Monza and has spent many hours to repair his car in order to be ready for the MAXX Formula season final.
For the fourth time after Le Castellet, Assen and Most, Christopher Brenier was the fastest in qualifying and would therefore made sure to start from pole position in both races. His father Gilles did a very quick lap and took second position beating Martin Kindler for only two tenth of a second! Hans Laub brings his car on P4, followed by Nicolas Matile who set the best time in the Masters class. Michael Grosse-Aschhoff spun in his first lap and thus had to start from last position.
The first race of the MAXX Formula GP of Spain took place on the Saturday afternoon. Martin Kindler did a good start and put his GP2 in second position between the two Superleague Formula from the Brenier family. Behind them, Peter Göllner and Anton Werner unfortunately collide in turn 1, and with Hans Laub also out in the first lap, the race director had to send out the safety car in order to clear the track.
Christopher Brenier kept the lead at the restart and crossed the finish line in first position followed by Martin Kindler and Gilles Brenier. With a P4 overall, Nicolas Matile won the Masters class. P5 went to Felix Grosse-Aschhoff and P6 to Franck Thomas who finished only a few tenths before Stephan Glaser. The Dallara WSR drivers taking P2 and P3 in the Masters class.
With a blue sky and a bright sun, the weather conditions were perfect for the last race of the 2021 MAXX Formula season.
This time it was a perfect and accident free start for the 12 drivers on the grid. Gilles Brenier started like a cannonball and took the lead in the first turn. In his beautiful IndyCar, Anton Werner did a fantastic first lap and climbed from P9 to P3! Christopher took back the lead in the second lap and with Martin Kindler having to retire his car due to a technical problem early in the race, the two Superleague Formula drivers quickly widened the gap to their competitors.
Behind them, Matile overtook Werner. The IndyCar racer being then catched by the team Speed-Center double Hans Laub and Peter Göllner. They overtook Werner in lap 5 and 9 respectively. After 13 laps, Christopher Brenier won the last race of the season.
Gilles Brenier offered a 1-2 finish to the Easy Formula team. Nicolas Matile climbed on the overall podium and won the Masters class. They were followed by Laub, Göllner and Werner, while unlike the Saturday race, Stephan Glaser took P2 (P7 overall) in the Masters class in front of Frank Thomas.
Congratulations to all the drivers and teams involved in a thrilling and successful racing season. You’ve done a GREAT job!
See you all in 2022 for another action-packed MAXX Formula season!