FRECA Imola

Starting the season with a podium

The Collective Tests on Friday were two very wet sessions with lots of rain, and that wasn’t the last rain of the weekend. The first qualifying session was a very chaotic one which ended in a red flag. Fortunately, Michael had a much better second qualifying session where he set himself on the second row for Race 2. Sami had a big crash in the first race, and even though he did qualify for the second race, he decided not to race in Race 2 as he had too much pain from the crash. We wish Sami well and hope to see him back in Monaco.

Qualifying 1 results:

P19 Sami Meguetounif
P20 Michael Belov
P32 Dilano van ‘t Hoff

Qualifying 2 results

P4 Michael Belov
P27 Sami Meguetounif
P28 Dilano van ‘t Hoff

Imola (ITA), MEI 6-8 2022 – Second round of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2022 at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Dilano van ‘t Hoff #77, MP motorsport. © 2022 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 1

Quickly after the start of the race, the safety car had to come out for Sami’s crash, not much later the safety car turned into a red flag and all drivers went back to the pits. With 25 minutes left, they went back for a restart behind the safety car. During the first laps of the race, Michael had already made up 4 positions, and Dilano was driving on P24 when the safety car went back in.

With 12 minutes to go, the safety car had to come out, and with 2 minutes left on the clock, they started racing again. Right before the final lap started, the race was red-flagged again. Michael finished 15th and Dilano 21st.

Imola (ITA), May 6-8 2022 – Second round of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2022 at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Michael Belov #30, MP motorsport.© 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 2

Race 2 was a very chaotic race. Moments before the race started, rain fell down but it was dry during the race start. However, the race was declared wet even though all drivers started on slicks as the track dried up very quickly. Because the race was declared wet, the start was a rolling start behind the safety car. Michael had some very good opening laps and within 10 minutes, he was driving on P3.

With 17 minutes left, it started to rain heavily on the track. This resulted in some crashes and quickly after that, all drivers came back to the pit again as the race was red-flagged. Most drivers switched to wet tyres, as some parts of the track had deep puddles, but other parts where it didn’t rain that much were basically dry. The drivers had about 5 minutes left of racing. Michael had a tough restart and lost two positions, finishing on P6. However, after post-race penalties, he got promoted to fifth. Dilano gained 9 positions and finished on P19!

Current driver standings:
P4 Michael Belov – 38 points
P15 Sami Meguetounif – 2 points
P28 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points
Current team standings:
P4 MP Motorsport – 40 points

The next FRECA round will be in Monaco, where they join Formula 1 and Formula 2.