2014 VGPC Bahrain Grand Prix
| 2014 VGPC Bahrain Grand Prix
The 2014 VGPC Bahrain Grand Prix was a Virtual Grand Prix Championship race that was held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain on 5 May 2014. The race was contested over 57 laps and was the third round of the 2014 F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship.
It was won by Will Hoskins who also took pole position and fastest lap, ahead of his ex-teammate and reigning World Champion Nathaniel Powers, on the podium for the first time since taking his title and moving to Downton, and scoring the team's best result to date in doing so. Enrique Ruiz completed the podium in third after Karl Beckenbauer's gearbox failed four laps from the finish while he was running second.
A number of driver changes took place during the lead-up to Bahrain. Following his horrific accident in the Malaysian Grand Prix it was confirmed James Harding would have to sit out the remainder of the season, with his seat being filled by Warrior's test driver Abel Osterhagen. Hiroto Nakumaya also made his debut in Bahrain, replacing Gerard Alaniz at Force Australia after the Frenchman confirmed he wasn't '100%' and so would step down from his drive. Regi Abott moved from Peugeot to Lucas for the first of three races as part of the new technical tie-in between the teams, allowing Peugeot to honour the contracts of one of their test drivers that stated they were to give each of them three races. Both Fillipio Fazio and Ivan Lesic were confirmed to be racing in Bahrain however after the team announced their other regular driver, Lewis Ellington, would be sitting out three races for an unexplained reason.
Determined to make up for lost wins in the opening two races Adrien Simon set the fastest time, three and half tenths ahead of Puccio Giodano. Will Hoskins was third fastest to confirm Franklin were still fighting with Liverpool at the front and Marcus Thunder was fourth fastest following his Downton teams first double points finish in the previous race. Tumo Kinnumen rounded out the top five to signal his intent for a good race after retiring from a strong position in Malaysia but the second Liverpool of Karl Beckenbauer struggled, finding himself down in 19th.
In a fast paced qualifying session, it was championship leader Will Hoskins who took the pole position, ahead of championship rival Karl Beckenbauer, who bounced back from his practice session performance. Nathaniel Powers shocked the paddock with a stunning lap time to take third position on the grid, and the possibility of getting the best result since winning the World Championship. Davenport got fourth for Lucas, ahead of the second Franklin of Enrique Ruiz. The Team 23 cars continued to struggle, while Felix Beyer was the best of the new team drivers, taking 20th position.
In the race, the victory fell to Will Hoskins, who took the victory with a commanding performance. Closest rival Karl Beckenbauer suffered a gearbox failure with mere laps to go, meaning the second position on the podium went to Nathaniel Powers for Downton. Ruiz completed the podium. Dwyer leapfrogged Davenport who took fourth and fifth respectively. Adrien Simon completed yet another disappointing race, taking sixth, while Nikolai Milkovich took tenth place, getting Ingram an impressive point.
Standings after the race
| Drivers' Championship standings
| Constructors' Championship standings
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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2014 Malaysian Grand Prix
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2014 British Grand Prix
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2013 Bahrain V-Prix
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