Ex-F1 driver’s son wins championship

Charlie Wurz has won the 2023 Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship title.

Motorsport talent often runs in the family, with the sons of Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya and Alex Wurz all on the pathway to F1 success.

Alex Wurz made 69 Grand Prix starts during his F1 career with Benetton, McLaren and Williams, standing on the podium and impressive three times.

His son Charlie Wurz will be taking part in the Formula Regional European Championship this season, making the step up from Formula 4 in an effort to get ever closer to his Formula 1 dream.

At the start of this year however, Wurz took part in the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship, impressively winning the title at the age of 17.

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Going into the final round of the season at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo, Wurz held a narrow lead in the championship, with the three races to come being key to his success.

Saturday’s race saw the Austrian get off to the worst possible start, finishing fifth while his title rival Callum Hedge won, swinging the championship in the Auckland man’s favour.

The second race of the weekend saw Wurz quickly overcome this deficit however, as he finished third and rose back to the top of the championship standings, making the final race of the season a do or die scenario.

Similar to the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Wurz and Hedge entered the final race of the season knowing that all they needed to do to claim the championship title was to beat their rival in the race.

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Wurz started the season finale in pole position, while Hedge started fifth, giving the New Zealander a lot of work to do if he wanted to claim the title.

With the help of a late safety car, Hedge managed to close in on the back of Laurens van Hoepen, who was in second place, while Wurz continued to hold on to the lead.

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Wurz impressively managed to deal with the pressure and finish the race in first, meaning that he had secured the 2023 Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship.

This championship victory could prove vital in Wurz hunt to make it to Formula 1, as the championship winner receives 18 FIA Super Licence points, which are needed to be able to race in F1.

As seen by the Logan Sargeant saga last season, Super Licence points are hard to come by, meaning that these 18 points could be the difference between making it to F2 and sitting on the sideline for Alex Wurz.