Martinius Stenshorne wins the last race of the year and Prema Racing clinches the Team Title

The 2023 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season concluded at Hockenheim, and it was a perfect setting for a season finale that will be remembered in the history of the international series. The thrilling race, which captivated the many spectators at the track, saw Rookie Champion Martinius Stenshorne clinch victory. Starting from the front row alongside his teammate Tim Tramnitz, Stenshorne took the lead and held it until the checkered flag. This victory secured his position as vice-champion with the second place in the overall standings, a position he had been battling for with Tramnitz, who had a successful home event, earning a pole position, a win, and a second-place finish.

Claiming the final spot on the podium was Kas Haverkort (Van Amersfoort Racing), who managed to surpass Rafael Camara (Prema Racing) during the race. Camara had initially shown great promise by securing the second position early on, but during the 12th lap, he was overtaken by Tramnitz and Haverkort. This season wrapped up with Tramnitz in third and Haverkort in fourth in the overall championship standings. 

Camara secured fourth place in Race 2, while the reigning champion of the series, Andrea Kimi Antonelli, finished sixth after a fantastic late-race maneuver to pass Nikhil Bohra (Trident Motorsport). This result was enough for Prema Racing to claim the team championship title, edging out R-ace GP by just two points, despite Stenshorne and Tramnitz achieving a double win.

Hockenheim (GER), OCT 20 – 22 2023 – Round 10 of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2023 at the Hockenheim Ring. Andrea kimi ANTONELLI #12, Prema Racing. © 2023 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency.

Rounding off the top 5 was another member of the Trident Motorsport team, Owen Tangavelou, who managed to recover from a less fortunate race the previous day, which resulted in his retirement due to a collision. The top 10 was completed by Victor Bernier (MP Motorsport), Lorenzo Fluxa (Prema Racing), and Maceo Capietto (RPM Motorsport). 

Hockenheim (GER), OCT 20 – 22 2023 – Round 10 of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2023 at the Hockenheim Ring. Podium race2: Martinius STENSHORNE #34, R-ace GP, Tim TRAMNITZ #77, R-ace GP and Kas HAVERKORT #27, VAR. © 2023 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency.

Martinius Stenshorne (R-ace GP): “It was a really good race, the main thing was the start I managed to overtake Tim there and from there on it was just managing. We aimed for the teams championship and unfortunately we lost it on the last lap, but I think this weekend we did a really good job and we did all we could so I’m happy with that. I’m really happy with the season and I’d like to say a big thanks to R-ace for always having a really good car.”

Tim Tramnitz (R-ace GP): “It’s really nice to race here with all the fans it’s very special especially for me, it’s a special place. Unfortunately no win today, but I think it’s a good way to finish the season with a win yesterday and P2 today, it was a good weekend at home. The team did a mega job, the pace was really good all year, it was a good year overall, a lot of learning and very good memories.”

Kas Haverkort (Van Amersfoort Racing): “It feels great on the last race to get a podium and secure 4th place in the championship is good so I’m quite happy. I think it has been quite a difficult season for me, the first few rounds were really good but then after that we had a few rounds where we were not so good. I think at Zandvoort we really made a step and here again and showed we had the speed so I’m really happy about the last two races especially.”