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Publiée le December 6, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Pedro Clerot switches to Spanish F4 with MP Motorsport

Brazilian rising star Pedro Clerot will make a switch to the Spanish Formula 4 Championship in 2023, having sewn up a deal with series frontrunners MP Motorsport. The 15-year-old has already competed in selected Italian F4 rounds in 2022, but will now embark on his first full season in Europe.

Next to his first taste of European competition, Clerot was busy in his home country sealing the Brazilian F4 title with no less than seven wins, 11 podium finishes, three pole positions and seven fastest laps. Now, the Brazilian youngster will prepare himself for his first full-season European campaign by getting to work with MP Motorsport as early as he can this winter.

“It’s great news that I’m able to join MP Motorsport for my first full year in Europe”, said Clerot. “They are a household name in Europe’s Formula 1 feeder series, and it’s a great place to start on my European adventure. Especially in Spain, their winning record speaks for itself, and I hope to contribute to that in 2023. Getting to work with the team soon will definitely help me be well-prepared for the Spanish season. I can’t wait to get going!”

“We are extremely happy that Pedro will be part of our Spanish F4 line-up in 2023”, said MP’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “As the newly crowned Brazilian F4 champion he comes over from the South American continent with quite a reputation, and he has acquitted himself well in the two Italian F4 rounds at Imola and Misano this year. We are fully aiming to build on that for Pedro’s first full European season in Spain.”

Advancing from his local kart scene, Clerot proved highly competitive in São Paulo’s Formula Delta series, taking second in the 2021 championship with three wins, nine podiums, two pole positions and four fastest laps, before he progressed to his title-clinching campaign in Brazilian F4 in 2022.

Publiée le June 29, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Richard Mille and All Road Management are pleased to announce the expansion of their search for young motorsport talent in the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy.

Since its launch in 2018, the RMYTA has continued to perfect its approach and support in the search
for future high-level motorsport drivers. Now for their fifth year of operation, the RMYTA is broadening
the search by opening their doors beyond their historical partners, Birel ART: alongside three drivers
coming from their network, eleven other racers aged 14 to 16 from all walks of life, both in Europe and
across the globe racing with any chassis, to have the opportunity of submitting their applications for
the ‘Shoot out’ which will take place on October 10 and 11 on the Navarra circuit in Spain.

Respective winners of the 2020 and 2021 rounds, Hugh Barter and Tymoteusz Kucharczyk, prove the
quality of the RMTYA’s recruitment with both young racers making a brilliant transition from karting
to motorsport. The Australian dominates the Formula 4 France series at the middle of the season,
while after just three rounds, the Polish rookie is in second place in the Spanish Formula 4
championship.

The winner of the 2022 RMYTA promotion will be offered a full season in the Spanish Formula 4
championship, six days of testing with the MP Motorsport team, the defending champion in the
category, as well as personal support and exclusive technical and sporting coaching through a contract
with All Road Management.

The fourteen chosen drivers will be selected based on their performance in karting as well as their
career plans. They will be evaluated by a panel of professionals through direct and indirect
observations both on and off the track. The fundamental qualities of a driver – speed, consistency,
technical knowledge and physical condition – will be the core of the evaluation, but the latter will also
take into account the ability of each to manage the aspects integral to a racing professional, such as
stress management, adaptability, development, teamwork and interaction with the media.

NICOLAS TODT:

“The objective of the RMYTA remains the same, to discover the best young motorsport talent of
tomorrow, but the process to achieve these objectives is to broaden our search. All Road Management
is delighted and proud to continue its involvement in this newly added valuable selection. The 2022
winner will be under contract with All Road Management and will benefit from the company’s know-how and skills in the same way as all our drivers have. This detection aims to accompany its winner to
the highest level of motorsport”.

AMANDA MILLE:

“It is important to help young drivers because if brands like ours didn’t do so, the driver pool risks being
depleted. It would be much easier to go with drivers who are already at the highest level, but that
would be less exciting or rewarding, and would not correspond with Richard Mille’s values. We are
lucky to have confirmed drivers in the ‘RM family’, and some, like Charles Leclerc, have been among
the young people we have supported from the beginning of their racing careers. This exemplary
success should serve as an inspiration to the winners of the 2022 RMYTA”.

Publiée le April 13, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Leading Dutch Formula 4 team MP Motorsport will move into the 2022 Spanish Formula 4 Championship with five drivers that raced with the Dutch outfit in the United Arab Emirates F4 winter series. Miron Pingasov, Christian Ho, Valerio Rinicella, Suleiman Zanfari and Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak have all decided to carry on with MP.

Thai driver Inthraphuvasak, Spanish-licensed Pingasov, Moroccan driver Zanfari, Singapore resident Ho and Italian driver Rinicella all gathered additional experience in the 20-round UAE series held at the Yas Marina and Dubai circuits, with Inthraphavasak winning round 3 on the Abu Dhabi track and taking a couple of podiums on Dubai’s Autodrome.

Now, all five will continue with MP in the Spanish F4 Championship that is set to kick off in Portugal with three races on the Autodromo do Algarve in the weekend of April 30/May 1. They will join previously announced Danish youngster Sebastian Gravlund and Richard Mille Young Talent Academy shootout winner Tymoteusz Kucharczyk, in MP’s F4 line-up.

“I’m pleased that we are able to continue with Miron, Christian, Valerio, Suleiman and Tasanapol in Spanish F4”, said MP Motorsport’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “Thanks to working with them in UAE F4 they have become known quantities, and their experience will give us a nice guideline into the Spanish season. They are a nice bunch of ambitious young guys from all corners of the world, and all have a passion to succeed in motorsport. I wish them the best of luck!”

Publiée le March 28, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Young Danish driver Sebastian Gravlund has signed for MP Motorsport to compete in his first full season of single-seater racing. Together with the Dutch team, the 16-year-old will launch an attack on the Spanish Formula 4 Championship.

Supported by Team Denmark, Gravlund made his single-seater debut in September 2021 by joining the Danish Formula 4 Championship halfway into the season, and immediately made his mark with three podiums and eight points finishes from the nine remaining races. The young Dane will now step up for his first full season of Formula 4 in the highly competitive environment of the Spanish series.

“I’m very happy to have signed to race for MP in the Spanish Formula 4 Championship”, said Gravlund. “They have been the team to beat for years now, and really know how to win in Formula 4. That will give me the best possible foundation for a great first year in single-seaters. I very much look forward to go racing!”

“At MP, we’re delighted to welcome Sebastian to our Formula 4 team”, said MP Motorsport’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “Seb has had a great start to his motorsport career with a string of great results in the Danish championship, and that experience will give him a head start as he joins us to embark on his first full season of single-seaters in Spanish F4. I’m positive that he will do well.”

Before stepping up to single-seaters, Gravlund raced in his national karting championship as a cadet before moving onto the international scene in 2017, first at 60 Mini level, then up to OK Juniors in 2018. The last three seasons Gravlund competed at OK level, taking part in WSK’s Euro Series and Super Master Series as well as the CIK-FIA World and European Karting Championships.

Publiée le February 27, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

The start of a new era

We have worked flat out with the team in the past couple of years, to help talents reach their goals. We’ve done this by giving them the best possible equipment and support. As it is known, motorsport is an expensive sport. This meant it could be difficult for drivers to provide funding for a complete season. We want to change this by approaching this matter differently. 

With a new branding, including a new logo and livery, we are entering a new era. We are bringing back Dutch glory by focusing on the color orange. In collaboration with Superrebel, we want to inspire new talents and build new relationships. Relationships that can give talents with a smaller budget a chance to prove themselves on track. The ambition of the team is to accelerate talent.

Accelerating talent

To accelerate
ac·​cel·​er·​ate |
verb
To move faster: to gain speed
The car slowly accelerated.
The pace of change has accelerated in recent months.

The team was founded in 1994, and since that moment we have always had the same logo. A logo we have won races with, faced difficult times, and have won championships with. After 28 years it’s time for a new, fresh logo, which visualizes the beginning of our new era. An era where we want to support our talents on all fronts and thus accelerate their talent.

We have not only changed our logo and strategy, but we have also designed a completely new livery in collaboration with Bink Design. The livery is inspired by the triangular shapes in our new logo. The arrows visualize the previously mentioned speeding up. “I found the inspiration for this livery from older generations of MP Motorsport cars,” indicates Bink. “We really wanted to aim for a real, but modern style. One that completely fits the accelerating talent idea. The livery has to fit with the story behind the team and the new branding.”

You can find the new livery on our Formula 2, FRECA, and Formula 4 cars. Our Formula 3 team will again drive in the colors of Alpine, because of our good cooperation with the Alpine Academy. 

Join our mission

Together we will succeed in our mission to give talented people equal chances in motorsport. Let’s work together and make a change!

Get in touch with Jeffrey for all questions and information about the possibilities of working together with us.
Jeffrey.vanmaanen@mpmotorsport.com

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 October 19, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Tymoteusz Kucharczyk joins MP Motorsport in 2022, after winning the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy

A seat will be offered to the winner of the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy 2021 through a partnership agreement with MP Motorsport.

The prestigious watch manufacturer Richard Mille, with an established presence in Motorsport, will partner with MP Motorsport in a young driver development project that will start in the 2022 season and which will run until 2024.

As its first driver, the Dutch team racing in the Spanish Formula 4 Championship that has won the team title five times, will welcome 15-year-old Tymoteusz Kucharczyk from Poland, who was awarded as the winner of the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy 2021 after its final phase held at the Circuito de Navarra on October 12 – 13.

Twelve go-kart drivers, previously selected in September and coming from all over the world, met at the Spanish track to be evaluated during both days in both psycho-technical and driving aspects. Under the responsibility of the Italian company Formula Medicine, the drivers underwent physical and mental performance tests at the circuit’s facilities. Afterward, they received vehicle dynamics lessons about the Tatuus F4-T014 from the MP Motorsport engineers, and finally, they familiarized themselves with the track both through video and with a track walk to inspect every detail of the track.

After a long deliberation in which all stages of the selection process were taken into account, Kucharczyk was proclaimed the winner of the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy 2021 and will thus receive the opportunity to drive for MP Motorsport in the 2022 Spanish Formula 4 Championship season.

Tymoteusz Kucharczyk, winner of the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy 2021

“I am thrilled. I am speechless. Making the leap from go-karts to single-seaters is always an important and complicated step, but the hard work of these years gave me the opportunity to be able to participate in this event. I have given my best in each of the stages, always listening to the advice to improve and, moreover, I have had fun with all my colleagues and rivals. I thank Richard Mille and MP Motorsport for their trust in me for next season and I promise to make the most of this opportunity, so I’ll keep working hard, not only on the track but also outside being a great student at school”.

Sander Dorsman, Team Principal at MP Motorsport

We are very proud to partner with Richard Mille, a legendary brand that has already done so much for motorsport. The Richard Mille Young Talent Academy provides an outstanding platform for young drivers to accomplish their dream of reaching the pinnacle of motorsport. This has always been MP Motorsport’s goal as well. We welcome Tymoteusz as the new scholar in the Richard Mille Young Talent Academy. His raw talent is beyond doubt, and in his first season in F4 we will do everything to further hone it on his way to progressing further up the ladder”.

Amanda Mille, Brand & Partnership Director at Richard Mille

“We are really happy to have done our shoot out in the circuit of Navarra and for our next season and first in the Spanish Championship. The results of our young drivers have been showing the level of the next generation of F4, very talented drivers.

We are pleased to welcome Tymoteusz Kucharczyk from Poland into our team “RICHARD MILLE Young Talent Academy” and we thank the team of MP, Birel Art, All Road Management, and Formula Medicine for their constant support.”

(Via Spanish Formula 4)

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 22, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Dilano van ‘t Hoff to make FRECA debut in Valencia

Dilano van ’t Hoff will join our FRECA team as a Wildcard entry during the Valencia event upcoming weekend. Dilano will team up with our regular FRECA drivers Franco Colapinto, Kas Haverkort, and Oliver Goethe.

Currently leading the Spanish Formula 4 championship, Van ‘t Hoff won 6 out of 15 races and got his tenth pole position of the season last race weekend, which was also held in Valencia. 

“I’m very happy to join MP Motorsport in FRECA, in Valencia”, says van ‘t Hoff. “The step-up feels comfortable after our good results during the current Spanish Formula 4 season. I am excited to gain  experience in the car and competition this weekend.”

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 September 15, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Miron Pingasov steps up to join MP Motorsport in Spanish Formula 4

Russian youngster Miron Pingasov will join MP Motorsport in the final three rounds of the 2021 Spanish Formula 4 Championship. This season, the teenager from Novosibirsk has already proved himself as MP’s official Formula 4 development driver but is now old enough to be allowed to race in the championship.

As being at least 15 years of age is a minimum requirement for competing in Formula 4, Pingasov was forced to sit on the sidelines in the first part of the season. In the meantime, he provided a valuable contribution to MP Motorsport’s Formula 4 effort in the simulator, acting as the team’s development driver in the category. Having turned 15 in August, however, the Russian is now ready to step up and join MP’s Spanish F4 racing line-up.

“It’s been a long wait, but now I can’t wait to get going”, says Pingasov on his promotion to the F4 race team. “Being the team’s development driver has been an extremely useful experience, and I want to thank the team for giving me this opportunity. It has prepared me well for a busy few race weekends at the end of this season that I hope will provide me with a springboard to a 2022 season of full-time racing.”

“It pleases me enormously to welcome Miron to our F4 race team”, said MP’s team manager Sander Dorsman. “He has shown excellent pace in karts and has been a true asset to us in the simulator in the past months. Now that he has turned 15, he is finally allowed to show what he is capable of in single-seaters. I can’t wait to see how he does against his teammates and the rest of the field in Spanish F4.”

Pingasov forged a career in Cadet and Mini60 karts before reaching OK Junior level in 2018. Racing in the German championship in 2018 and in the Spanish championship in 2019, the Russian added the WSK series and cups to his annual programs, and also entered the FIA Karting World Championship from 2018 on. In 2020, he finished sixth in the WSK Champions Cup and took tenth in the WSK Super Masters Series.

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