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Publiée le June 22, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Home race in Zandvoort

Our home weekend started great, with Dilano back in the car. Unfortunately, that did not last long. After the first Collective Test on Friday, Dilano had to step back from the weekend. Due to an injury, he couldn’t race during the last round, which also affected his results in Monaco and Imola. After having surgery and taking the needed rest, he hoped to be back in the car this weekend. However, the pain was still too severe and he couldn’t continue. We hope to see Dilano back in the car soon.

Zandvoort (NED), JUN 17-19 2022 – Round 5 of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2022 at Circuit Zandvoort. Sami Meguetounif #17, MP motorsport. © 2022 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

The first race on Saturday was mostly a quiet race, until the final 5 minutes. The safety car had to come out. At that moment Michael was driving on P10 and Sami on P14. With just 2 more laps to go, the race restarted. It was a good restart for Michael, who finished up in the points on P9. After multiple post-race penalties, he was promoted to the seventh position. Sami also gained some positions and finished 13th.

The second race quickly saw a red flag, after a massive crash between Delli Guanti and Masson. Fortunately, both walked away from the crash okay. After about 20 minutes the race restarted behind the safety car. Michael finished in the points again by coming in as sixth. Sami made up quite some positions by finishing on P16 and starting on P22.

Current driver standings:
P6 Michael Belov – 93 points
P18 Sami Meguetounif – 2 points
P30 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points

Current team standings:
P5 MP Motorsport – 95 points

FRECA’s next race will be on the 10th of July, in Budapest.

Publiée le June 7, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Another podium!

Straight after the Monaco GP, FRECA went to Paul Ricard for a back-to-back race weekend. The weekend started with a very wet Friday. The weather circumstances for both Saturday and Sunday were much better, with not one drop of rain.  

Le Castellet (FRA), JUN 3-5 2022 – Round 4 of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2022 at Circuit Paul Ricard. Michael Belov #30, MP motorsport.© 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency.

Unfortunately, Dilano was not able to join us this weekend. Earlier in the season, Dilano sustained a shoulder injury, which impacted his Imola and Monaco races. This meant we would be driving with only 2 cars in Paul Ricard. Michael had a very good first race, starting on from the seventh position and making his podium move in the final lap. The second race was a bit tougher, with a lot of safety cars, and he finished sixth. Sami had mechanical issues and couldn’t fully show his potential during his home race weekend. However, he still managed to have a good second race where he gained 17 positions.

Current driver standings:
P6 Michael Belov – 79 points
P17 Sami Meguetounif – 2 points
P30 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points

Current team standings:
P4 MP Motorsport – 81 points

FRECA’s next race will be the team’s home race in Zandvoort, in two weeks!

Publiée le May 31, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Points for Michael

Joining Formula 1 and Formula 2, FRECA also went to Monaco for the weekend.

Monaco can only have 28 cars on the grid, but FRECA has 37 drivers. This meant not all drivers could race both races. Michael and Sami qualified 5th and 14th and were able to drive both races. Dilano qualified on P26 and could only start the second race.

The first was a hectic one. With 21 minutes left, the race was red-flagged, after multiple cars piled up in the Grand Hotel Hairpin. With 10 minutes left, the race was restarted. Not much happened after that and Michael finished in the position he started, and Sami finished fifteenth. There was more racing in the second race, but the top 8 mainly stayed the same. Michael collected more points by finishing sixth, Sami was very close to points and finished on P11. Dilano managed to overtake quite some positions and finished on P20, coming from P26.

Current driver standings:
P5 Michael Belov – 56 points
P17 Sami Meguetounif – 2 points
P28 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points
Current team standings:
P5 MP Motorsport – 58 points

FRECA moves straight away to Paul Ricard for the fourth round of the season.

Publiée le May 10, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

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.

Publiée le April 28, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Starting the season with a podium

Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine has officially kicked off the new season, with the first round in Monza. For the two qualifying sessions, the grid was separated into two groups. Michael was in group A, and Dilano and Sami in group B. Group A were the fastest in both sessions which meant the quickest driver from that group would start on pole. Michael had a very good Q1 where he qualified 3rd, but his last fast lap in Q2 got aborted due to a red flag. Dilano crashed in Q2 and therefore couldn’t set a fast lap.

Qualifying 1 results:

P3 Michael Belov
P12 Sami Meguetounif
P18 Dilano van ‘t Hoff

Qualifying 2 results

P9 Michael Belov
P24 Sami Meguetounif
P33 Dilano van ‘t Hoff

Monza (ITA), APR 22-24 2022 – Round one of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2022 at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Sami Meguetounif #17, MP motorsport. © 2022 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 1

The first race of the season started as a very wet one. It was very busy in the first corners, and Michael lost a position. Sami had a very good start and was driving on P9 in the opening lap. Dilano also made up 4 positions and was driving on P14. Right after the opening lap, the safety car had to be deployed. During the restart Mini, who was driving on P2, had an incident and drove to the pits. No one could overtake him until they reached the start finish, this gave Beganovic quite a big gap. Michael overtook Fluxa for P2 during the restart. Sami lost two positions as he had to go wide and was driving on the tenth position. Unfortunately, Dilano’s race was over as he got pushed off the track by Delli Guanti who rejoined the track from the grass. There was nothing Dilano could do about it.

This incident deployed the safety car again. With 15 minutes left, we had another restart while the rain stopped falling. Michael reacted well on the restart and was right behind Beganovic. Sami took back P9 during the restart. With 8 minutes left the safety car had to be deployed again, which left the drivers only one more lap left to race. Not much changed, as Michael finished second and got his first podium! Sami finished 9th and got his first points of the season.

Monza (ITA), APR 22-24 2022 – Round one of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2022 at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Michael Belov #30, MP motorsport. © 2022 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 2

Race 2 was a dry race with everyone starting on slicks. FRECA has something new this season, called push to pass. The drivers get 5 push to passes throughout the race, which gives them a bit more power for 15 seconds. Push to pass is available after the first lap. Michael gained one position during the opening lap and was driving on P8. Sami also gained one position and Dilano lost two positions. After 5 minutes, Michael overtook David for the seventh position. A few minutes later he also overtook Montoya and was now driving in the sixth position. Sami was also on a roll and was driving on P21.

After about 18 minutes, the safety car was deployed. Dilano had overtaken 9 cars and was now driving on P27. During the restart, Michael used the push to pass and overtook Boya for the fifth position. With 10 more minutes left, Sami was driving on P15 and Dilano on P24, both overtaking a lot of cars! In the final minutes, another safety car had to be deployed and with more than a minute left we started racing again. Dilano overtook 2 cars during the restart and was now driving on P21. In the final two laps, Sami went from P15 to P11, he had now gained 13 positions. Michael finished on an impressive P5, Sami on P11 and Dilano gained 14 positions and finished on P19.

Current driver standings:
P2 Michael Belov – 28 points
P11 Sami Meguetounif – 2 points
P22 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points
Current team standings:
P3 MP Motorsport – 30 points

The next FRECA round will be in Imola, from 6 till 8 May.

Publiée le March 22, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Talented Dutch racer Dilano van ’t Hoff will remain with MP Motorsport as he steps up for his first full season of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA). The reigning Spanish Formula 4 champion will join Michael Belov and Sami Meguetounif in an exciting three-car line-up for the Dutch team.

Widely regarded as Holland’s bright young hope in single-seaters, Van ’t Hoff already tested the FRECA waters in a string of late-season race outings with MP Motorsport, acquitting himself well. Late September 2021, the 17-year-old from Dordrecht came into FRECA with a hot reputation as the runaway Spanish F4 championship leader, a title he would seal a week later, having taken ten wins, 16 podiums, nine poles and six fastest laps. Continuing his FRECA testing into the winter break, Van ‘t Hoff has also kept busy by competing in the Formula Regional Asian Championship.

“Never change a winning team!” said Van ’t Hoff on staying with MP for his FRECA debut season. “We’ve been winners in single-seaters from the very first Spanish F4 race at Spa, and I’m eager to keep that momentum going for us. As a Dutchman, it’s extra special to race for a Dutch team, and its family atmosphere really helps me to consistently perform at a high level. Testing with MP’s FRECA team went well, and I look forward to go out and do the business.”

“Dilano was always going to stay with us, wasn’t he?” said MP Motorsport’s team principal, Sander Dorsman. “We’ve had such a great season together, he’s done everything to prove that he really is the exciting talent that we knew he was. With our ladder from F4 to F2 now firmly in place, we can’t wait to show how Dilano is capable to take the next step and being successful from the start. With Michael and Sami on our team as well, our 2022 FRECA season looks very promising indeed.”

Van ‘t Hoff made his definitive breakthrough in karts with third places in the 2018 IAME Euro Series and IAME International Final for X30 Junior karts while also making his mark in the various CIK-FIA and WSK OK Junior championships. In 2019, Van ’t Hoff stepped up to OK karts, with highlights including a fifth place in the European Championship. At karting’s CIK-FIA world level, he added a 14th place in 2020. In his first year in single-seaters, Van ’t Hoff narrowly missed out on the title in the UAE F4 winter series but then proceeded to claim the 2021 Spanish F4 crown with a dominant season.

Publiée le November 23, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

One final last dance in Barcelona

The final round of the season was held in Barcelona, and it was once again an eventful one. Noah had a very successful weekend with three podiums in three races. Dilano won his 10th race of the season, coming from P6, and Rik Koen was also back on the podium! The first qualifying session was stopped earlier than expected, due to a red flag that canceled all final fastest laps. This meant it was Suleiman’s best qualifying result of the season, as he started from the front row.

Qualifying 1

P2 Suleiman Zanfari
P4 Rik Koen
P5 Noah Degnbol
P6 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P8 Miron Pingasov
P16 Georg Kelstrup
P18 Manuel Espirito Santo
P19 Gil Molina
P22 Emely de Heus

Qualifying 2

P3 Noah Degnbol
P4 Manuel Espirito Santo
P6 Suleiman Zanfari
P8 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P9 Rik Koen
P15 Gil Molina
P17 Georg Kelstrup
P18 Miron Pingasov
P25 Emely de Heus

Race 1

Dilano had a mega start, coming from the 6th position and immediately driving on the second position. Noah and Rik stayed close to him on P3 and P4, with Suleiman on P5. After the first round, the safety car had to come out for a driver stuck in the gravel. During the restart of the race, Suleiman took over Rik’s place. But Suleiman went wide, and lost a few positions in the move, getting Rik back on P4. Miron was now driving behind Suleiman.

Georg had made up 4 places, driving on P12. With 8 minutes left, Dilano took the lead of the race. Noah was defending his third position, with Koen and Miron attacking him to get a podium. Marti tried to get the lead of the race back, but couldn’t make a move on Dilano. Within a few minutes, Dilano was able to create a gap between him and Marti. The fight for P3 stayed the same as on the track, with Noah taking place on the podium. Rik and Miron delivered a good fight and scored good points, with Miron’s best finish of the season.

Race 1 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P3 Noah Degnbol
P4 Rik Koen
P5 Miron Pingasov
P11 Georg Kelstrup
P14 Manuel Espirito Santo
P18 Gil Molina
P20 Emely de Heus
P21 Suleiman Zanfari

Race 2

Rik started on pole, during the first race of Sunday. Rik had a good start, but Janic, who started from P3, had a slightly better start and took the lead in the first corner. Noah started in the 6th position but jumped to third place after the start. Dilano started on P21 and was quickly found on P15. Manuel was spun around by Garcia and got stuck, finishing his race very early. This brought out the safety car.

With only six minutes left, the race restarted as the safety car went back in. Noah overtook Rik for P2. Miron was driving on P5 but lost a few positions during the restart of the race, and found himself on P10. Rik lost another position on the main straight and was now driving on P4, with 3 more minutes left on the clock. But, Rik did not give up and kept very close to Abramczyck on P3. In the final minutes, Rik overtook Abramczyck to get back on the podium. He even got very close to Noah and put pressure on him. Noah went a bit wide, and this was Rik’s opportunity to get P2.

Race 2 classification:

P2 Rik Koen
P3 Noah Degnbol
P8 Suleiman Zanfari
P11 Miron Pingasov
P13 Georg Kelstrup
P14 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P18 Emely de Heus
P25 Gil Molina
DNF Manuel Espirito Santo

Race 3

Manuel had his best qualifying result for Race 3 and started from P4. Noah also had his best qualifying result and started right in front of Manuel on P3. Noah had a good start, but Manuel stalled and could only start when everyone was already far gone on the track. Suleiman had a nice start as well, where Dilano lost a position and was driving on P9. Suleiman had a lot of defending to do while trying to attack Arkhangelskii for P4. When the clock hit 20 minutes, the safety car came out when a driver got stuck in the gravel.

After a little less than 10 minutes, the safety car went back in. Marti, leading the race, went very wide during the restart and dropped down to P7, with Noah driving on the second position. Georg started on P17, but after the restart, he was already driving on P9, making up 7 places! With 6 minutes left, Dilano had to take his first and last retirement of the season. That was definitely not how he wanted to have his last race. Noah had to keep off Arkhangelskii in the final moments of the race but held on to P2, it was his 5th podium of the season and his third podium of the weekend!

Race 3 classification:

P2 Noah Degnbol
P6 Suleiman Zanfari
P9 Georg Kelstrup
P17 Gil Molina
P18 Rik Koen
P19 Manuel Espirito Santo
P22 Emely de Heus
P23 Miron Pingasov
DNF Dilano van ’t Hoff

Final driver standings:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 361 points
P6 Rik Koen – 121 points
P7 Noah Degnbol – 107 points
P10 Georg Kelstrup – 65 points
P11 Suleiman Zanfari – 51 points
P15 Manuel Espirito Santo – 35 points
P18 Gil Molina – 19 points
P20 Miron Pingasov – 6 points
P29 Emely de Heus – 0 points

Team standings:

P1 – 581 points

Publiée le November 1, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

A dramatic season finale

Monza was the stage of our season finale, and it was wet. It didn’t actually rain during the races, but it did before which made the track wet. The first race was declared wet before it started, and the second race even started behind the safety car. Franco had a great first qualifying session, landing himself on the second row of the grid. On Sunday, it was Kas who stood out. He was constantly setting top 10-times and rewarded himself with a P8.

Results qualifying 1:

P3 Franco Colapinto
P19 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P20 Kas Haverkort
P30 Oliver Goethe

Results qualifying 2:

P8 Kas Haverkort
P13 Franco Colapinto
P19 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P28 Oliver Goethe

Monza (ITA), OCT 29-31 2021 – Round ten of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2021 at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Oliver Goethe #96, MP motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 1

Franco had a great start where he immediately took the second position and kept close to David. Kas gained one position during the start, Dilano maintained in his position, and Oliver lost one place. Even though the track was wet, and everyone was on slicks, it was a rather quiet start. With about 15 minutes left, Franco went wide and lost one position, finding himself on P3. It could’ve been way worse, as he almost lost it and spun, but with a nice save he was able to keep the damage as low as possible.

Dilano lost a few positions when he went wide over the grass, but he was able to could keep the car out of the barriers. Kas had a mega race, starting on P20 and driving on P12, with 12 more minutes left. Oliver also had made up 6 places! Unfortunately, Franco started to struggle with pace, with 6 minutes left and lost places. He was quickly finding himself on P8. Kas finished on P11, and made up 9 positions, Dilano finished on P24 and Oliver on P26.

Monza (ITA), OCT 29-31 2021 – Round ten of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2021 at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Kas Haverkort #27, MP motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 2

The second race started behind the safety car, as the conditions were worse than during the first race. It was the start of a very dramatic season finale. Kas and Franco both kept their positions during the start but after a few minutes of the race, the safety car had to come out as a car was stuck on one of the run-off areas. During the start, Dilano made up a few places and was driving on P16, with Oliver on P30. With 15 minutes left, the safety car went in and the race restarted.

Franco made up places and was driving on P10, Kas was right in front of him on P9. It didn’t take very long, cause the safety car had to come out again as Pasma crashed into the barriers. After 5 minutes, the safety car turned into a red flag, as the barrier was damaged and needed to be repaired. The red flag lasted about 30 minutes when the cars went back on track for the last few minutes. The race restarted behind the safety car, with 7 minutes left to race. The two leading Prema drivers collided in the first lap of the restart, bringing out the safety car ones more. Due to the crashes, Kas was finding himself on P4 and Franco on P6. This is also how both finished, as the race finished behind the safety car.

Kas had his best result during the season, as did Dilano, who finished on P15. Oliver finished on P27.

The final driver standings:

Franco Colapinto – 6th – 140 points

Kas Haverkort – 16th – 35 points

Oliver Goethe – 23rd – 3 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 5th – 177 points

Publiée le October 11, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Double points

The two last rounds of FRECA are hosted in Italy, and we started with the 9th round of the season in Mugello. It was a new track for the team and our drivers, because last year we only went to Imola and Monza. Dilano joined our FRECA team again, as a guest driver. The weekend had some ups and downs, with good qualifying sessions by Franco and Kas, and even double points in the second race, but unfortunately Franco was unlucky in the first race. This meant we were missing out on important points in the final stages of the season. Luckily, Race 2 made up for it!

Results qualifying 1:

P5 Franco Colapinto
P12 Kas Haverkort
P25 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P26 Oliver Goethe

Results qualifying 2:

P4 Franco Colapinto
P6 Kas Haverkort
P23 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P32 Oliver Goethe

Mugello (ITA), OCT 8 – 10 2021 – Round nine of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2021 at Mugello Circuit. Oliver Goethe #96, MP motorsport. © 2021 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 1

Franco had a very good start and was immediately fighting for P4. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. With no fault of him, he got stuck in a collision between Boya and David, he couldn’t go anywhere but end up in the gravel. Due to the collision, the safety car had to come out before the second lap started. Kas had a good start and gained 2 places, making him drive on P10. Oliver had a mega start as he started from P26 and found himself on P17 when the safety car came in. Dilano was driving on P22, gaining 3 places.

Kas remained very close to the cars in front of him during the restart. With 10 minutes left, Oliver made up whopping 10 places! Near the end of this first race, we had another safety car coming out when two cars collided. The safety car brought the grid together with only a few minutes left. Kas and Oliver both reacted very well during the restart and did not give up their position. Kas finished in the points on P10, Oliver on P15, and Dilano on P25.

Mugello (ITA), OCT 08-10 2021 – Round nine of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2021 at Mugello Circuit. Kas Haverkort #27, MP motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 2

Race 2 definitely started better for Franco, as there was no major chaos and he made it through the opening lap. Kas hold on to his position during the start and was driving behind Franco, who had to give up 1 position to Belov. Dilano remained in his position during the opening lap and Oliver gained a position, getting him to P31.

The top 10 didn’t change a lot during the race. Franco was driving in a gap as he had a few seconds between him and Belov, and Kas also was a few seconds behind him. Dilano was fighting in the back for P23, where he had to do a lot of defending. In the final minutes of the race, David overtook Kas for the 6th position. There was a gap of 4 seconds between David and Franco, who held on to his 5th place on the grid. Cohen lost it and ended in the gravel, which got the safety car to come out with 3 minutes left on the clock. They took care of his car quite quickly. With one more minute plus one lap, we raced again. It was a chaotic restart, where Franco had to defend a lot to keep David off throughout the end of the race. But then the final lap was red-flagged, as Ferati crashed and his car ended up in the middle of the track. Fortunately, he got out and was doing okay.

Franco kept his P5, Kas finished on P7, Dilano on P21, and Oliver on P28.

Current driver standings:

Franco Colapinto – 5th – 126 points

Kas Haverkort – 17th – 23 points

Oliver Goethe – 23rd – 3 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 5th – 135 points

Publiée le October 5, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Dilano and the team became the 2021 champions!

With one more round left this season, we secured the driver’s and team championship his weekend in Jerez. Dilano became the 2021 driver and rookie champion after winning the second race of the weekend. This also meant we won the team championship for the 5ht time! It was overall a very good weekend for Dilano, who took pole for all races and converted them into race wins. Even though Dilano secured the championship, the last round of the season will still be very important for our other drivers and their personal results.

Qualifying 1

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Rik Koen
P7 Suleiman Zanfari
P11 Manuel Espirito Santo
P12 Georg Kelstrup
P15 Noah Degnbol
P16 Gil Molina
P20 Emely de Heus
P21 Miron Pingasov

Qualifying 2

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P5 Manuel Espirito Santo
P8 Georg Kelstrup
P10 Suleiman Zanfari
P11 Rik Koen
P12 Gil Molina
P7 Noah Degnbol
P20 Emely de Heus
P21 Miron Pingasov

Race 1

It was a good start for Dilano, who kept the lead with Ryabov being very close behind him. Within the first lap, he already created a gap of a few tenths. Rik had a mega start, starting from P6 and immediately driving on third place after the start. Noah gained 2 positions in the opening lap, but unfortunately, quickly after he had to retire as he was touched and lost control, finishing in the gravel and being stuck there. This also brought out a safety car, after having raced for about 3 minutes.

After 5 minutes, the race restarted and Dilano held the lead again, even though Ryabov came close to about 2 tenths. Rik still kept his third place, Georg jumped from P11 to P9 during the restart, driving right behind Suleiman who was driving on P8. After a minute, the gap between Dilano and Ryabov increased and was now 7 tenths. Ryabov did not come close enough to make a move during the race. Rik had a lot of defending to do during the race and managed to cross the finish line as third. Unfortunately, he got pushed back to P6 because of a penalty he received for track limits.

Race 1 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Rik Koen
P8 Suleiman Zanfari
P9 Georg Kelstrup
P10 Manuel Espirito Santo
P13 Miron Pingasov
P17 Emely de Heus
P18 Gil Molina
DNF Noah Degnbol

Race 2

Sunday’s weather was completely different compared to Saturday, as it was really cloudy, with even a few rain drops falling down. Another good start for Dilano, who again, kept the lead. Ryabov kept much closer to him compared to the first race. Manuel was driving in the 6th position, again in the points. With 9 minutes to go, three cars crashed which brought out the safety car.

With three cars to get rid of, and quite some debris on the track, it took a while before the safety car went back in. With 1 minute and 30 seconds left, the race started again. Right after the first turn, Manuel collided with an FA car, this brought out a red flag as the race had one more minute left. Luckily, Manuel kept his 6th position on the final sheet. All the cars came back in via the pitlane, with Dilano’s second win of the weekend, and he also secured his championship after this chaotic race.

Race 2 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Manuel Espirito Santo
P9 Suleiman Zanfari
P10 Georg Kelstrup
P11 Rik Koen
P12 Noah Degnbol
P13 Miron Pingasov
P14 Gil Molina
P20 Emely de Heus

Race 3

Race 3 started in wet conditions, which is the first time this season. Dilano had quite a slow start, but had the inside line compared to Bordas, and took the lead right before they went into turn 2. Some parts of the track were really wet and with a lot of rain, compared to other parts. Bordas kept close and pushing pressure on Dilano, but Dilano managed to keep the lead in the opening lap. We’ve had a good top 10, with Rik on P6, followed by Manuel, Suleiman, Georg, and Gil finishing the top 10. With 20 minutes to go, Dilano missed the breaking point of the Senna chicane and had to go wide, dropping down to P3.

In the same chicane, not much later, Miron got stuck in the gravel and couldn’t continue. This meant another safety car had to come out, to remove Miron’s car. Right before the safety car came out, Dilano secured P2. Rik, Suleiman, and Manuel were now driving on P5, 6, and 7. Gil was still driving in the points on P9, with Georg right behind him in the 10th position. The safety car went back in, with 8 minutes left on the clock. Dilano immediately put pressure on Bordas but did not make a move yet. With the conditions getting worse and more rain fell down, Noah gained 12 positions and was driving on the 9th position. Rik made it to the fourth position, with Suleiman and Manuel still behind him. With less than 2 minutes to go, Dilano took back the lead of the race. Finishing his third race with another win. In the last lap, Suleiman overtook Rik for the fourth position.

Race 3 classification:

P1 Dilano van ’t Hoff
P4 Suleiman Zanfari
P5 Rik Koen
P6 Manuel Espirito Santo
P8 Noah Degnbol
P10 Gil Molina
P11 Georg Kelstrup
P20 Emely de Heus
DNF Miron Pingasov

Current driver standings:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 336 points
P6 Rik Koen – 95 points
P8 Noah Degnbol – 64 points
P10 Georg Kelstrup – 62 points
P11 Suleiman Zanfari – 42 points
P13 Manuel Espirito Santo – 35 points
P18 Gil Molina – 19 points
P26 Miron Pingasov – 0 points
P29 Emely de Heus – 0 points

Team standings:

P1 – 493 points

Publiée le September 20, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Multiple podiums in Valencia

As for all our series, Spanish Formula 4 also had a well deserved summer break in August. We returned to racing this weekend, in Valencia. The weekend started very well for Dilano, who dominated all qualifying sessions by getting pole three times this weekend. He also set his 10th pole of the season. We’ve seen some good results this weekend, with Suleimans best finish this season, a second podium for Rik, and it was the first weekend for our rookie Miron! The stewards were very strict on the track limits this weekend, which ended up in a penalties during qualifying and the races for a lot of drivers on the grid. In the end, it promoted Suleiman to start from P3 in the third race.

Qualifying 1

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P7 Manuel Espirito Santo
P8 Noah Degnbol
P9 Suleiman Zanfati
P12 Rik Koen
P13 Gil Molina
P16 Georg Kelstrup
P21 Miron Pingasov
P25 Emely de Heus

Qualifying 2

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P5 Manuel Espirito Santo
P6 Suleiman Zanfati
P7 Noah Degnbol
P10 Georg Kelstrup
P12 Rik Koen
P13 Gil Molina
P16 Miron Pingasov
P22 Emely de Heus

Race 1

Dilano had a bit of a slower start compared to Odegaard, who started second and then took the lead. Dilano was hunting to get his first place back. After a few minutes the first safety car had to come out, and during the restart Dilano immediately felt the pressure from Macia. Unfortunately, in this fight, Dilano lost his front wing and had to come in for a pit stop, with 17 minutes left on the clock. This dropped him to the back of the grid. Manuel also had damage and had to retire.

Rik, Suleiman and Gil had a mega start. Rik started on P12, but was soon fighting on P5, with Suleiman and Gil right behind him on P6 and 7. Miron made up 7 places, which is quite impressive for his first race in Formula cars. With the last few minutes going in, Emely made up 6 places, finding herself on P16. Rik finished as the 5th car, but received a 2-second penalty and a 5-second penalty, dropping him down to P9.

Race 1 classification:

P4 Suleiman Zanfari
P6 Gil Molina
P9 Rik Koen
P12 Noah Degnbol
P13 Miron Pingasov
P14 Emely de Heus
P15 Georg Kelstrup
P20 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
DNF Manuel Espirito Santo

Race 2

Just like in Race 1, Odegaard had a slightly better start and took the lead, but Dilano kept close again. Manuel got caught in a spin and lost his front wing, with luck not being on his side this weekend. Gil also had to visit the pits after the opening lap for a new front wing. Rik had, once again, a massive start, coming from P10 and driving on P5 within a few minutes.

With 12 minutes left, Miron had to come in for a new front wing, also dropping him to the back of the grid. Georg, who started on P21 had made up 8 positions and was driving on P13. In the last 2 minutes, Dilano tried to make the move on Odegaard for P1. He took the lead while Macia came from P3 and overtook Odegaard in the same move as Dilano did. In the first corner, Macia took the lead then from Dilano. Rik was then able to close the gap due to the fighting of the top 4 and eventually overtook Ogaard for P4. Macia crossed the line first, but received a penalty and dropped down to P2, making Dilano the race winner. Ryabov also received a penalty which promoted Rik to the podium!

Race 2 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P3 Rik Koen
P9 Noah Degnbol
P12 Georg Kelstrup
P14 Suleiman Zanfari
P19 Emely de Heus
P22 Gil Molina
P23 Miron Pingasov
DNF Manuel Espirito Santo



Race 3

Dilano stalled during the start of the race, dropping him to P8. Georg had a mega start, coming from P10 and driving on P6. Rik, who’s been having massive starts all weekend, went from 12 ro 5th in the opening minutes of the race. Suleiman, who started 3rd, was driving on a podium position while Miron made up 6 positions during the first few laps, having a very solid first round! Manuel stalled on at the styart, ending up on P17 from P5.

Dilano already made up 3 places in the first 5 minutes, driving on P5, and he was on for more! With 18 minutes left, Dilano went for P4 and not much later someone spinned on the start/finish line, with Macia also getting off track and being stuck in the gravel. The safety car had to come out. During the restart, Dilano overtook Suleiman for P3. The top 10 was filled with MP drivers, including Noah and Georg, besides Rik, Suleiman and Dilano. After Manuel’s tough start, he fought his way back to the top 10 and was driving on P7, right behind Miron! With 5 minutes left, 7 MP drivers were in the top 10. In the final minutes, Dilano overtook for the second position and was now driving behind Odegaard, closing the gap of almost a second. Miron collided in the last lap and couldn’t continue, which was unfortunate after having an incredible race and driving on P6. Unfortunately, Emely had to retire in the last 4 laps.

Race 3 classification:

P2 Dilano van ’t Hoff
P5 Rik Koen
P6 Suleiman Zanfari
P8 Georg Kelstrup
P10 Manuel Espirito Santo
P11 Gil Molina
P13 Noah Degnbol
P20 Miron Pingasov
P21 Emely de Heus

Publiée le August 6, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

An unusual Formula 4 weekend

Usually, Formula 4 has 2 qualifying sessions to set the grid for 3 races during a weekend, but in Motorland the program had to change quite a bit after the rain interfered. Saturday was a busy schedule with two free practices, a qualifying session, and a race. All went fine until the race had to start. Too much rain was falling down, resulting in the first race being rescheduled to Sunday morning. The starting grid of Race 1 was based on qualifying, Race 2 was based on the second-best lap in qualifying, and in Race 3 they lined up according to the best lap times of Race 2.

We’ve listed how all drivers lined up for each race:

Race 1

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P7 Noah Degnbol
P10 Gil Molina
P11 Rik Koen
P12 Manuel Espirito Santo
P14 Georg Kelstrup
P17 Suleiman Zanfari
P21 Emely de Heus

Race 2

P6 Noah Degnbol
P8 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P9 Gil Molina
P10 Manuel Espirito Santo
P15 Rik Koen
P16 Georg Kelstrup
P17 Suleiman Zanfari
P23 Emely de Heus

Race 3

P3 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P9 Noah Degnbol
P11 Gil Molina
P13 Manuel Espirito Santo
P18 Suleiman Zanfari
P21 Emely de Heus
P22 Rik Koen
P23 Georg Kelstrup

Race 1

The rain was gone and there wasn’t a single cloud to be found in the blue sky. It looked like a clean start for all drivers, with Dilano taking the lead and immediately creating a gap. Noah also had a good start and was driving on P5. With 20 more minutes to go, Dilano had created a gap of at least 2 seconds.

As there were 15 minutes left on the clock, Noah started to tumble down on the timing sheet having issues and needing to go back to the pitlane. Georg, who started on P14 drove into the points and was driving on P7, fighting for P6. In the final lap, Dilano saw the chequered flag with a gap of 6.5 seconds, and scoring the fastest lap! Georg finished on P8 and Rik had a good race by finishing on P6.

Race 1 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Rik Koen
P8 Georg Kelstrup
P11 Suleiman Zanfari
P12 Manuel Espirito Santo
P13 Gil Molina
P17 Emely de Heus
DNF Noah Degnbol

Race 2

In Portimao, Dilano had 3 poles, but with the different system this weekend, he now had to start from P8. Within 5 minutes, he was driving on P5, with Noah and Manuel on P7 and 8, Gil was driving on P10. Dilano overtook 2 cars in one move, with three cars wide driving through 2 corners. Emely made up quite some places during the start, driving on P17, making up 6 positions! With 3 more minutes, Dilano passed Ogaard for the second position. Fighting with 3 others cars and defending his second position, there was a gap of almost 5 seconds to Marti who was driving on P1. Emely had her best result of the season so far, finishing on P15!

Race 2 classification:

P2 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P7 Noah Degnbol
P9 Gil Molina
P11 Manuel Espirito Santo
P14 Suleiman Zanfari
P21 Emely de Heus
DNF Georg Kelstrup
DNF Rik Koen

Race 3

The last race of the weekend started with an early safety car, as Noah and Jenic touched, where as Noah could continue but Jenic spun and couldn’t continue. Manuel used the safety car to get new tyres, as he got a damaged tyre happening in the first laps of the race. Dilano was driving on P3, with Rik right behind him on P4. With 20 more minutes, the safety car went back in, and Rik immeadiately started to fight with Dilano, and overtaking him as a result. Unfortunately, Dilano lost two other places during the restart and found himself on P6.

Unfortunately, Manuel had to come back to the pits with 15 minutes left, as he had more damaged then thought in the first case. Rik lost 2 places, driving on P5, with the top 10 being really close to each other. In the last 5 minutes, Dilano overtook both Rik and also made it to the fourth place.

Race 3 classification:

P4 Dilano van ’t Hoff
P6 Rik Koen
P7 Georg Kelstrup
P9 Noah Degnbol
P15 Suleiman Zanfari
P17 Emely de Heus
P22 Gil Molina
P23 Manuel Espirito Santo

The current driver standings:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 227 points
P6 Noah Degnbol – 60 points
P7 Georg Kelstrup – 56 points
P8 Rik Koen – 54 points
P14 Manuel Espirito Santo – 21 points
P17 Gil Molina – 10 points
P18 Suleiman Zanfari – 4 points
P25 Emely de Heus – 0 points

The current team standings:

P1 – 331 points