Everything is ready for the seventh double round of the season of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, which for the occasion reaches the iconic track of Spa Francorchamps.
In the forest of the Ardennes the fight for the top of the overall classification of the series gets heated, as the top five drivers are in a 58-point range. Willing to redeem himself after the difficult weekend at the Hungaroring is provisional series leader Dino Beganovic (Prema Racing), who boasts 180 points thanks to three victories (Monza, Imola and Monaco) and four second places. Behind him, only nine points behind, ART Grand Prix‘s standard bearer Gabriele Minì, fresh from five consecutive podiums, including the two silver medals won in Hungary that relaunched him in the title race.
All eyes will be on Paul Aron, who is among the protagonists of this season, at the wheel of another Prema Racing car. He boasts four victories: Monza, Paul Ricard and Zandvoort, where he scored a fine double victory that allowed him to accumulate 152 points. Just as much attention should be paid to Hadrien David (R-ace GP), who has shown that he has all the right cards to sit at the table of the title contenders, thanks to two victories this year, including the one in Race 2 at the Hungaroring, which took him to fourth place in the standings ahead of the Dutchman Kas Haverkort (Van Amersfoort Racing), who also on the Hungarian track scored his first win in the series.
The Brazilian driver of R-ace GP, Gabriel Bortoleto, is no less as this season boasts two podiums in addition to having finished almost all races in the top 10. These results allow him to occupy seventh place in the standings ahead of Mari Boya, who will wear the colors of MP Motorsport in Belgium. Other changes are planned within ART Grand Prix, with Esteban Masson taking the Spaniard’s place. Italian Nicola Marinangeli will return to the series among the ranks of Monolite Racing, while Francesco Braschi will finish the season with FA Racing.
On the track that will host the 24 Hours a fierce duel is also expected in the rookie classification, as usual, where currently Leonardo Fornaroli (Trident Motorsport) is in the lead ahead of the Colombian Sebastian Montoya (Prema Racing), with them occupying respectively the ninth and tenth places in the overall standings.
The weekend will get into full swing from Wednesday, 27 July, when there will be three hours of pre-collective testing and the first collective test. On Thursday, it’s scheduled the second collective test, while the first qualifying session will start at 17.30, determining the grid for Race 2. Friday at 9.05 the second official session will be held, while the first race is scheduled at 13.50. Saturday will see the final race of the weekend at 11.40, which as usual will be live-streamed like qualifying on the official YouTube and Facebook channels of the championship.
Qualifying 1, Thursday, July 28, Livestream starts at 17:25
Qualifying 2, Friday, July 29, Livestream starts at 09:00
Race 1, Friday, July 29, Livestream starts at 13:30
Race 2, Saturday, July 30, Livestream starts at 11:20