R-ace GP confirmed the signing of the 17-year-old Finnish racing sensation, Tuukka Taponen, for the 2024 season in both the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine and the Middle East Championship. This announcement marks Taponen as the first of three drivers to be fielded by the team led by Thibaut de Merindol in the upcoming season.
Tuukka Taponen has emerged as a notable talent in the motorsports arena, having been a part of the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy. The Finnish driver distinguished himself in the world of karting before his foray into single-seater racing began in 2023, where he demonstrated exceptional skill and competitive spirit. Taponen’s achievements in the F4 United Arab Emirates were particularly impressive, as he clinched four victories and secured a second-place finish in the championship. Furthermore, his performances in the Italian F4 and Euro 4 were equally commendable, concluding both series in fifth place, which included another victory to his name.
The young Finn’s journey in motorsports also includes significant accomplishments in the Formula Academy Finland, showcasing his versatility and adaptability in different racing formats.