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FRECA in Spa-Francorchamps
Sami's first podium
Publiée le July 30, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Sami’s first podium
The final race weekend for FRECA before the summer break was held at Spa-Francorchamps. Dilano was back this race weekend after being absent due to an injury, and Mari Boya joined us for the remainder of the 2022 season.
Due to the 24h of Spa, the race weekend already started on Wednesday with the first Collective Test. The first race was on Friday, with its qualifying session that morning. Sami set a great time which let him start from P4. He was able to change that into his first podium finish, after multiple post-race penalties Sami was promoted to the second position! Mari finished in 13th and Dilano on P27.
The second race started with two bigger crashes, fortunately, all drivers were okay and got out of the car. The incidents brought out the safety car for more than 10 minutes. After the restart Sami quickly gained two places and was now driving on P11, right behind Mari. Dilano had to start the race from the back of the grid due to an engine change and he quickly gained some places, driving in P23. Mari scored his first point with the team finishing tenth, with Sami in P11 and Dilano in p24.
Current driver standings: P8 Mari Boya – 67 points P15 Sami Meguetounif – 20 points P30 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points
Current team standings: P5 MP Motorsport – 110 points
FRECA will now enjoy their summer break and will be back on 9 September, when they visit Spielberg.
Publiée le July 13, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Tough weekend in Budapest
The race weekend started tough with Dilano still not able to drive due to his injury. However, unfortunately, we also missed Michael Belov this weekend, as he couldn’t join us due to personal obligations. Francesco Braschi replaced Dilano this weekend, and would drive together with Sami.
The first race on Saturday was a good one for Sami. He started from P17 and finished on P12. Outside of the points, but nevertheless, a good result with some great overtakes. Unfortunately, he received a post-race penalty for causing a collision which dropped him back to P17. Francesco had a solid race and finished on P23.
The second race finished quite quickly for Sami, as he collided with Bernier in the opening laps. Francesco was able to drive around some chaos, and like in the first race, he finished on P23.
Current driver standings: P6 Michael Belov – 93 points P19 Sami Meguetounif – 2 points P30 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points
Current team standings: P5 MP Motorsport – 95 points
FRECA is back in two weeks’ time. They will drive at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit at the final weekend of July, right before they have their summer break.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 21, 2022 par Lois de Bruin
Young Frenchman Sami Meguetounif has joined MP Motorsport for his first full season in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA). The 17-year-old from Marseille will be part of a three-car team fielded by the Dutch outfit.
Meguetounif’s full-season debut comes after four promising FRECA outings towards the end of the 2021 season. In the post-season months, the French rookie extensively tested with MP at Paul Ricard and Barcelona, setting excellent times, before signing for the 2022 season.
“I’m very pleased to be joining MP for my first full FRECA season”, said Meguetounif. “The Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine is an extremely competitive environment, and teaming up with a proven race-winning team will help me make quick progress as I move forward in the season. Testing with the team has been a very satisfying experience – we’ve been quick from the off. This has given me the confidence that I’ve made the right decision to go with MP.”
“It’s wonderful that Sami will be part of our FRECA squad”, said MP Motorsport’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “Sami is an exciting talent who has already shown flashes of raw speed in his late-season appearances in the series last year, and we hope to build on that going into the new season. I’m betting on Sami to be among the surprises of 2022.”
Meguetounif entered the international OK karting scene as the French 2018 OK Junior champion, showing well in the 2019 WSK Euro Series and Super Master Series as well as the 2019 CIK-FIA World Championship. Three late-season races in the 2019 French F4 Championship were followed by a full season in 2020, gaining him a win and eight podiums on his way to fourth in the final standings. In 2021, Meguetounif split his efforts between German and Italian F4 before stepping up to FRECA.
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