Santiago Ramos, the talented Mexican driver from RPM, gave proof of exceptional speed and skill by setting the fastest lap during the morning session at the Hungaroring. The third round of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, held at the renowned Mogyoród’s circuit, started on Friday with the collective tests. After the extensive pre-event sessions yesterday, competitors had the opportunity to further fine-tune their cars and gain confidence on the challenging Empire of Speed, the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The first of two 50-minute sessions has concluded. Ramos took the lead with an impressive lap time of 1’39.174. Joshua Dufek from Van Amersfoort Racing secured the second-best time, closely trailing Ramos with a mere 0.022-second gap. Macéo Capietto of RPM claimed the third spot in the first collective test of the day, with a gap of +0.206.
Kas Haverkort, the talented Dutchman representing Van Amersfoort Racing, displayed his intent to compete at the top of the rankings with an impressive performance on the Hungarian track. He finished the session in fourth place, trailing Ramos by +0.214 seconds. Rafael Camara, Brazilian star of Prema Racing, rounded out the top 5 with a gap of 0.248. Owen Tangavelou, Team Trident secured the sixth position, recording a gap of +0.287. Frenchman Sami Meguetounif achieved the seventh-best lap time, +0.310 seconds, emerging as the fastest among MP Motorsport’s trio of drivers. Representing R-ace GP, Martinius Stenshorne claimed the eighth position with a gap of +0.329. Michael Belov from G4 Racing, who already demonstrated his pace on this track during yesterday’s session, followed closely in ninth place with a difference of +0.356. Victor Bernier of MP Motorsport completed the top 10, recording a gap of 0.509 seconds.
The collective tests will resume 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.
Motorsport enthusiasts 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, here: https://hungaroring.hu/site/en/races/international-gt-open.