German driver Tim Tramnitz has secured a memorable pole position on home turf for Sunday’s race at Hockenheim, marking his fourth pole in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine. This achievement comes after his last pole position at the second race in Spa. With over 30,000 fans expected at Hockenheimring on Sunday, this opportunity puts the Red Bull Junior driver in a prime position to claim victory and potentially become vice champion. Tramnitz is currently engaged in a close battle with teammate Martinius Stenshorne from R-ace GP in their pursuit to catch up with Prema Racing in the teams championship. Stenshorne currently leads Tramnitz by 22 points in the overall standings and could secure the Vice Champion title in the first race on Saturday if he outscores Tramnitz by 4 points.
The newly crowned champion, Andrea Kimi Antonelli (Prema Racing), initially claimed pole position on the track but had his best lap time invalidated after failing to slow down for yellow flags at the exit of turn 11. As a result, Antonelli will start fifth on the grid, with teammate Rafael Camara promoted to second in Group A and third overall on the grid for Race 2, following an impressive performance.
Row two on the grid will feature Zandvoort race one winner, Kas Haverkort (Van Amersfoort Racing), who has the opportunity to set a new record for points finishes this weekend. Starting directly behind the Dutch driver is Trident Motorsport‘s Nikhil Bohra, who returned to the points at Monza and is well-placed to continue his strong performance. The Italian team has demonstrated competitive pace from the beginning, with Owen Tangavelou starting seventh on the grid, and Roman Bilinski starting ninth, who are also making their debuts on this circuit.
Alessandro Giusti from G4 Racing, who posted the fastest time in the final collective test of the season, will begin the last race of the year from eighth place on the grid. He will be followed by Victor Bernier, who is set to start in tenth for MP Motorsport.
Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine will restart the engines tomorrow morning at 10.30am for the second qualifying session that will determinate the starting grid for Race 1, scheduled in the afternoon at 3.10pm.
Official Standings: https://formularegionaleubyalpine.com/corsa/hockenheim-2023-10/