FRECA Red Bull Ring

Double pole and double podium

FRECA was back after a summer break of 6 weeks and headed towards the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Franco had a massive weekend, which literally couldn’t get better, as he grabbed two poles, two wins, and two fastest laps. He is the second driver this season to win both races, but he is the first driver to get two poles, two wins, and two fastest laps. Major achievement for the team therefore.

Results qualifying 1:

P1 Franco Colapinto
P17 Kas Haverkort
P18 Oliver Goethe

Results qualifying 2:

P1 Franco Colapinto
P18 Oliver Goethe
P27 Kas Haverkort

Race 1

Kas started both races at the back of the grid due to an engine change while Franco’s race started immediately well as he took the lead, with David close behind him. In the first lap we got a safety car right away, and a crash with 2 cars during the opening lap. Fortunately, Kas was just able to stay out of the crash chaos and could continue without any scratches. With 23 minutes left on the clock, the race restarted and Franco created a gap of six tenths.  

Oliver remained on his position during the start and restart of the race. He had an outstanding move where he overtook Pasma for the 16th position. Franco kept the gap between him and David constantly between 6 and 8 tenths. Oliver tried to overtake for P15, but hit the gravel and lost a bit of pace when he re-entered the track. Pasma was immediately behind him but Oliver was able to keep him off. With two minutes left on the clock another safety car had to come out, this also meant the end of the race and Franco’s first win of the season! Oliver finished on P15 and Kas retired two laps before the end of the race.

SPIELBERG (AUT) SEP 10-12 2021 – Round 7 of the Formula Regional by Alpine at the Red Bull Ring. Franco Colapinto #43, MP motorsport. © 2021 Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 2

Race 2 started again with Franco in the first position, but now it was Saucy behind him on the second place of the grid. Franco had a mega start and was immediately gone, but a safety car had to come out in the first lap when David and Belov made contact and couldn’t continue. After 5 minutes the racing could continue, and just like the original start of the race, Franco created a gap of five-tenths. Oliver was fighting with Aron in the restart and overtook him for the 15th position.

Saucy kept close to Franco but was never able to attack him for the lead of the race. The top 3 remained the same the complete race. In the final minutes, Oliver showed another great move where he overtook Petecof for the 14th position. Kas had retired a few laps before the end of the race. These two wins moved Franco from 12th to 8th in the driver standings, and he also doubled his points.

Current driver standings:

Franco Colapinto – 8th – 86 points

Kas Haverkort – 17th – 16 points

Oliver Goethe – 22nd – 3 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 5th – 104 points