The Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine returns under the spotlight this weekend at the prestigious Hockenheim circuit, where the series makes its debut in its history. On the over 4.5 kilometers of the German track, we can expect the kind of spectacle and excitement that only the series organized by ACI Sport and Alpine Racing can deliver. There is great anticipation for the arrival on the track of the newly crowned champion, Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who secured the title during the second race in Zandvoort just this past Sunday. The Prema Racing team’s representative displayed an unbeatable performance (five wins, six podiums, and four pole positions), earning a place in the series’ hall of fame, and this weekend, he could set a new record for the highest points in a single season with just one point.
Although the title race is decided, an intense battle is expected for the position of vice-champion, which will be contested within the R-ace GP team between Martinius Stenshorne and Tim Tramnitz. The two drivers, separated by a mere 22 points, have been prominent figures this year, with Stenshorne recently winning the Rookie Title during the first Dutch round and claiming four wins and five podiums, securing the second position in the overall standings behind Antonelli. Tramnitz, who has recently joined the Red Bull Junior Team, is in third place, thanks to his double victory in Barcelona and six additional podiums, showcasing a remarkable consistency throughout the season. Keep an eye on Kas Haverkort (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Rafael Camara (Prema Racing) as well, as they are separated by just one point in the standings, both in contention for a top-three finish. Haverkort is coming off a victory in Race 1 at his home track in Zandvoort.
In Germany, we can also expect all the season’s top performers, including Alessandro Giusti (G4 Racing), who had an excellent second half of the championship with three wins, securing him a sixth-place position at the year’s final event, ahead of Lorenzo Fluxa (Prema Racing) and Sami Meguetounif (MP Motorsport). The top 10 in the overall standings is rounded out by Maceo Capietto (RPM) and Laurens Van Hoepen (ART Grand Prix), with the latter coming off two third-place finishes in the previous Dutch round.
Noteworthy is the new entry from Monolite Racing, Valentin Kluss, while the Dane Noah Strømsted and the Mexican Santiago Ramos, who did not participate in the Zandvoort races, will be present under the RPM team colors.
At Hockenheim pre-collective tests will kick-off the weekend on Thursday with two more tests scheduled for Friday with the first Qualifying at 4.55pm, determining the grid for Race 2. The second official session is set to get underway at 10:30am on Saturday, 21st October, with the first of two 30-minute plus one lap races following at 3:10pm. On Sunday Race 2 will commence at 10:40am. Race one and two will be streamed live on the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@formularegionaleubyalpine