The Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine made its first appearance at the challenging Hungarian circuit of Mogyoród, welcoming over 30 Tatuus cars for the third round of the Championship. The action on the track started today the pre-event collective tests, consisting of two long sessions, each lasting two hours. The drivers took the chance to familiarize themselves with the track and gain valuable insights for the coming days.
Michael Belov of G4 Racing claimed the fastest lap of the day at the Empire of Speed. Belov stopped the clock at 1’39.867, setting the benchmark for the competitors. Following closely behind, RPM driver Macéo Capietto showcased his own remarkable talent, trailing by a mere +0.042 lap, and becoming the only other driver to achieve a lap time under 1’40. Prema Racing’s Lorenzo Fluxà secured the third position, with a +0.152 gap. Not far behind, the Norwegian talent from R-ace GP, Martinius Stenshorne, finished his best lap with +0.154 from Belov.
Brazilian driver Rafael Camara, Ferrari Driver Academy representing Prema Racing, claimed a spot in the top 5 with a +0.179 gap. His Italian teammate and Mercedes junior driver, Andrea Kimi Antonelli, followed closely behind with a +0.271 gap. ART Grand Prix’s Laurens Van Hoepen brought his Team to the forefront, securing the seventh place with a gap of 0.275. Kirill Smal, representing Monolite Racing, got the eighth place today with a +0.522 gap. The German driver from R-ace GP, Tim Tramnitz, the current Championship leader after his outstanding performance in Barcelona with two victories, secured the ninth best lap overall in the pre-event collective test, with a gap of 0.639. Roman Bilinski from Trident closed the overall top 10, topping the first session of the day with a lap time of 1’40.544.
Excitement is in the air as the third round of the Formula Regional European Championship at Hungaroring officially commences tomorrow, Friday, June 16. The collective tests will take place from 9:07 to 9:57 in the morning and then again from 14:05 to 14:55 in the afternoon, providing the drivers with the last crucial practice and fine-tuning opportunities.
Saturday, June 17, promises to be an adrenaline-filled day as the first qualifying session unfolds. Group A will hit the track from 9:00 to 9:15, followed by Group B from 9:20 to 9:35. Then the first race of the weekend will start at 13:20, lasting for 30 minutes plus one lap. On Sunday, June 18, the drivers will once again battle it out in qualifying, with Group A taking to the track from 9:00 to 9:15 and Group B from 9:20 to 9:35. The thrilling finale of the weekend will take place at 16:30, featuring a 30-minute plus one lap duration.
Fans can catch all the qualifying sessions and both the races of the weekend live on the official Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine YouTube page (@formularegionaleubyalpine), or attend the event in person. Info and ticket are available on Hungaroring official website: https://hungaroring.hu/site/en/races/international-gt-open.