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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 September 27, 2021 par Jeffrey van Maanen

Twice on the podium with a third win this season!

An exciting weekend we had on Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, with Dilano debuting in FRECA as our fourth driver, and Franco trying to again dominate the field after last weekend on the Red Bull Ring.

Qualifying session 1

In this 20 minutes, session Dilano immediately started to get a feeling in his new car for the weekend, as we welcome him to the FRECA championship this weekend in cloudy conditions.

It is Franco who got his 3rd pole position in a row after dominating on the red bull ring two weeks ago! Dilano managed to get a well-deserved 19th place out of 34 drivers in his first qualifying session in the FRECA. Kas finished 14th and Oliver 22nd.

Race 1

The first race for Dilano started with losing 1 spot at the start to Oliver who moved up to 18th. Meanwhile, Franco lost his position in the first corner but, he took it back the corner after in a good fight with home driver Vidales. Kas dropped to 17th on the opening lap but fought his way past Guanti for 16th place.

The first half of the race remained peaceful with little overtakes. Vidales puts pressure on Franco, but Franco is able to control the race very well. Further in the back Kas, Oliver and Dilano are unable to gain places and remain on 16th, 19th, and 20th position trying to create chances to overtake.

Franco and Vidales, clearly faster than the rest of the field with Boya in 3rd, are driving in sunny conditions to the podium. After 30 minutes of racing, it’s Franco who, once again, takes the win with another dominant race for us.

Kas moved up to 15th, Dilano remained on 20th, and Oliver moved down to 23rd in the last laps.

VALENCIA(ESP) SEP 24-26 2021 – Round 8 of the Formula Regional By Alpine at Circuit Ricardo Tormo Valencia Franco Colapinto #43, MP motorsport. © 2021 Eric Alonso / Dutch Photo Agency.

Qualifying session 2

The second qualifying session was on Sunday, early in the morning in sunny conditions, but the drivers found it difficult to find heat in the tires. In the end, it was Franco who just missed pole by two-tenths of a second behind Belov, as a red flag finished the session a bit earlier than usual. Franco was starting from the front row on the second spot. Behind him, in 16th place, Kas will try and fight his way forward as will Oliver and Dilano from 31st and 32nd place respectively. Their last fast laps got deleted due to track limits, with the stewards being very strict on the track limits.

Race 2

The second race of the weekend started with Franco holding off Saucy to remain in 2nd position. Kas lost a position driving in 17th at the end of lap 1. Dilano got a whopping 5 positions making moves in various corners driving on 27th after lap 1, with Oliver close behind him. Kas manages to take back 2 places in the first half of the race, driving on the 15th position with 15 minutes to go. With 10 minutes left, Kas managed to get another place, Dilano and Oliver are still driving at 27th and 28th, while Franco tries to close the gap to Belov who is still leading the race.

The safety car comes out, as Dilano made contact with Garfias, and both drivers, unfortunately, had to retire. Ending a good first weekend for Dilano showing some skill with good overtakes and a qualifying session. Franco is trying to overtake Belov in the first few corners after the safety car came in, but he was not able to manage to take the lead and finishes the race in the 2nd position, with another podium for the team. Kas finishes 14th, also being unable to take another place in the last few laps, and Oliver finishes the race in 29th position.

All in all another successful weekend for our FRECA team, with a win and a 2nd place finish for Franco, showing the potential of the cars. Up next: Mugello in two weeks.

Current driver standings:

Franco Colapinto – 6th – 116 points

Kas Haverkort – 17th – 16 points

Oliver Goethe – 22nd – 3 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 5th – 134 points

Publiée le September 15, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

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

Publiée le July 26, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Points for Franco

We’ve had a very eventful race weekend in Spa-Francorchamps, with very different weather conditions. On Friday, there were 2 Collective Tests, the real action started on Saturday.

The first qualifying session, which set the grid for the second race, didn’t start too well for Oliver. He went wide and wasn’t able to set a time. This meant he had to start from P33, the last position, in the second race. The second qualifying session went better. Kas and Franco had a great first qualifying session, but after Race 1, Franco received a 2 grid penalty for causing a collision, meaning he had to start from P10 instead of P8.

Results qualifying 1:

P6 Kas Haverkort
P8 Franco Colapinto
P33 Oliver Goethe

Results qualifying 2:

P7 Franco Colapinto
P15 Oliver Goethe
P21 Kas Haverkort

Race 1

The first race started wet, as a lot of rain was coming down. A few drivers tried to start on slicks but came in the pits after the formation lap, as the rain was pouring down. Franco did not have a great start, as he stalled on the grid. He quickly fell down the order. Kas had a good start and won 6 places, driving on P15. Oliver lost a few positions and found himself on P18. After a few laps, Kas improved another place, while Franco was finding his way through the back of the grid. With 23 minutes to go, Vidales spun and hit the border. While he was standing there, Kas also spun but was able to save it and continue. A safety car came out to remove Vidales’ car. Kas lost a few positions because of his spin and was driving on P18.

With 22 minutes to go, Franco tried to overtake Bardinon but they touched and Bardinon spun. Franco also had some damage and eventually, he had to retire. After the safety car went back in, there were 7 more minutes to race and a final lap. Kas restarted on P17 and Oliver on P20. In the final stages of the race, Oliver lost a few places and finished on P24. Kas gained a few more positions and finished on P14.

Francorchamps (BEL) JUL 23-25 2020 – Round 6 of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2021 Belgian circuit Spa-Francorchamps. Kas Haverkort #27, MP motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 2

Race 2 was much drier and showed lots of sunshine. Oliver had to start all the way from the back, on P33, after the unfortunate first qualifying session. Kas and Franco were both starting from the top 10, with Kas on P6 and Franco on P10. Both Kas and Franco had a good start. Franco gained 2 places and was driving on P8, with Kas right in front of him on P6. There was a lot of fighting in the front of the grid, but also in the back, where Oliver tried to find his way towards the top 20. After 5 minutes of racing, Franco overtook Kas as he had more pace during the race. Kas got into a fight with Patterson and Aron for his position. Franco quickly overtook Vidales and found himself on P5.

After 20 minutes the safety car had to come out when two cars collided. This was very positive for Franco, who had a 3-second gap in front of him. With 15 more minutes on the clock, the safety car went back in. After the restart, Kas lost a position to Aron and was now driving on P8. Franco kept close within the top 5. In the final 8 minutes, Oliver raced himself back to P20, gaining 13 positions. Kas kept fighting and defending his position, but in the last few minutes, it got really tough for him as there was barely anything left on his tyres. With 2 more laps to go, he lost quite some position and finished on P18. Oliver made it to P17, gaining 16 places which is an incredible result in such a tough field and Franco scored good points by finishing on P6.

Current driver standings:

Franco Colapinto – 12th – 36 points

Kas Haverkort – 16th – 16 points

Oliver Goethe – 20th – 3 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 5th – 54 points

Publiée le June 21, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Good points and a podium!

After having a weekend without any of our classes racing, we moved on to our home track Zandvoort. It’s a home race for the team, but also for Kas! The weekend started with a lot of rain, especially on Friday.

In the morning, Franco was quickest during the first Collective Test in wet conditions, with Kas really close on P3. In the afternoon, the track almost drifted away. So much rain had fallen down in such a short moment of time, multiple places were flooded. Luckily, this had no effect on the Saturday schedule where we could start on a drying track.

Results qualifying 1:

P7 Franco Colapinto
P13 Oliver Goethe
P14 Kas Haverkort

Results qualifying 2:

P3 Franco Colapinto
P6 Oliver Goethe
P8 Kas Haverkort

Race 1

This race might have been one of the lesser chaotic FRECA races, as no big crash such as the one in Monaco happened. Where Franco had a good start and quickly overtook a car, Kas had a more unfortunate start and lost a few places, driving on P19. Oliver remained in the same place.  While overtaking can be tough in Zandvoort, you have to choose your moments. After the safety car had to come out because Pasma went wide and couldn’t continue anymore, Franco saw an opportunity during the restart. He overtook Boya on the main straight and secured P5!

Oliver remained on P14 and Kas finished on P18.

Le Castellet (FRA), May 28 – 30 2021 – Forth round of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2021 at Circuit Paul Ricard. Franco Colapinto #43, MP motorsport. © 2021 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency.

Race 2

After an amazing qualifying in the morning by all 3 drivers, the chances on points were getting very close and were much needed. The rain of the previous days was gone in the afternoon and it was a mostly sunny race. Oliver had quite a tough start and fell back, but was still fighting for points in P10. In the end he was able to keep his position and won a point, after having a lot of defending to do.

Kas had a mega start and was quickly driving on P5, gaining 3 positions in the first lap. In similar fashion Franco flew off and the second position was for him to take. In all previous races where Saucy won, he was far off, but Franco kept close to him and had fastest laps and purple sectors. With a 1.5 second margin, Franco crossed the chequered flag as the second driver, finally being back on the podium after a tough start of the season. Kas lost a position, needing to defend and attack at the same time for almost the complete race, but finished on a beautiful 6th position during his home race.

Current driver standings:

Franco Colapinto – 12th – 28 points

Kas Haverkort – 14th – 16 points

Oliver Goethe – 18th – 3 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 5th – 46 points