The Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine’s seventh round officially kicked off at the Red Bull Ring. The morning began with a 50-minute collective test session, and it was the Brazilian driver from Prema Racing, Rafael Camara, who emerged as the fastest. He set the best lap time at 1’26.484, reaching a maximum speed of 180 km/h. Second place went to another driver from the Vicenza-based Team, the Championship leader Andrea Kimi Antonelli, with a gap of 0.073 seconds. Antonelli had led for the initial part of the session but was then narrowly beaten, by hundredths of a second, by Kas Haverkort. Towards the end of the session, he regained the second place, behind his teammate.
Kas Haverkort, the Dutch driver from Van Amersfoort Racing, finished third in the morning’s first session, trailing by 0.190 seconds. Santiago Ramos, the Mexican driver representing RPM, showcased remarkable speed and secured the fourth position on the track with a gap of 0.237 seconds from Camara.
Two French drivers followed: Esteban Masson from Saintéloc Racing in fifth place, with a gap of 0.246, and Macéo Capietto, an RPM driver, in sixth place, with a gap of 0.285.
Maya Weug from KIC Motorsport delivered an excellent performance on the Austrian circuit, securing the seventh position with a gap of 0.369, ahead of Martinius Stenshorne. The Norwegian driver representing R-ace GP claimed the eighth position with a gap of 0.377.
Rounding out the top 10 in the morning’s free session were Tim Tramnitz, the German driver from R-ace GP, at 0.408 seconds behind, and Victor Bernier, who had been the fastest on the track the previous day. Bernier, representing MP Motorsport, finished the session with a gap of 0.436 seconds from the leader.
Back on the track again today, Friday, September 8, with a second collective test session from 15:17 to 16:07. Saturday, September 9, marks the first race day, with qualifying sessions starting at 10:50 and running until 11:25, followed by Race 1, starting at 17:05 for 30 minutes + 1 lap. On Sunday, September 10, the second qualifying session will begin at 9:10 and run until 9:45, and then the lights will go out for the last race of the weekend at 15:15, again running for 30 minutes + 1 lap.
Both the qualifying and race sessions will be live-streamed on the official YouTube page @formularegionaleubyalpine.