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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 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