KAS HAVERKORT AND JOSHUA DUFEK SIGN THE VAN AMERSFOORT RACING DOUBLE WIN IN THE FIRST ROUND AT THE RED BULL RING/h2> After an exciting first lap, the second half of the first qualifying session saw a lot of action. At the front, Kas Haverkort and Joshua Dufek were fighting for pole position, but after a few laps, the Dutchman had taken the lead from his American colleague. However, he couldn't keep up the pace and lost time due to technical issues. His team mate Pierre-Louis Chovey then overtook him and went on to take third place. Haverkort & VAR were the most skilled in interpreting the difficult weather changes that occurred throughout the course of the event, beginning with a sudden down pour that struck the grid and forced the stewards into action. Before we'd even begun, Sebastian Montoya (PreMA Racing) spun and slid from 9th place to 14th following contact with Dufek, showing just how tricky the conditions had become. While behind G4 racing team newcomers Tereza Babicekova and Gillian Henrisson were forced to pull out due to mechanical problems, with the former hitting the barrier. Shortly afterwards the red flags came out, and the cars stopped in the pitlane awaiting the track conditions to improve, however they didn't get any better. At the start, Poleman Paul Aron (prema racing) remained in the lead while Gabriele Minnig (art grand prix) in an attempt to get the fifth place away from champion Dino Beganovic (prema racing) found himself seventh after he was passed by Maceo Capitoto (monolite racing). In the meanwhile some drivers returned to the pits to install dry tires, this includes r-ace gp drivers gabriel bortoleto and hadrien david. In the spotlight Beaganovic with his overtaking moves on owen tangavelu (rpm) which opened the door to him to finished fourth behind chovet. There was also a twist as leading racer aron also entered the pits for a tire change, which leaves the lead to eduardo barriello (arden motorsport). Chovet then targetted the Brazilian racer, who was also passed soon afterwards by beganovic, with haverkort being the main character of a fine come back from 14th positon. During the final stage of the race, Aron crashed into his teammate Montoya in order to regain lost position. The move knocked him out of the race and brought the safety car back onto the track. When the green light came on, Haverkort was able to take the top spot from Dufek, who had passed Beganovic earlier and Chovet at turn one. With their first victory for the season, the Van Amersfoorts became the first Dutch team to score a podium since the start of the year. Fifth place went to Michael Schumacher, who beat out teammate Rubens Barrichello by 0.037 seconds. Next up were Jenson Button and Alexander Wurz, followed by Nick Heidfeld and Giancarlo Fisichella. Tomorrow, the European Series will resume at 9.08 a.m., followed by Race 2 starting at 2.30 p.m.
JD Motorsport signs Barrichello to Formula Regional European by Alpine programme
JD Motorsport is delighted to announce that Eduardo Barrichello will drive for the team in the 2021 Formula Regional European by Alpine championship. The 19-year-old Brazilian, son of former Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello, is coming from a positive 2020 season, having claimed three wins, nine podiums and three pole positions en-route to second place in last year’s USF2000 Championship.
Barrichello started his auto racing career in 2018, entering the F4 USA Championship. In 2019, he graduated to USF2000 competition with an 11th place before making a major breakthrough in the following season.
By joining forces with Italian squad JD Motorsport, led by Roberto Cavallari and Alfredo Cappelletti, he will now make his first foray in European single-seaters.
The series will be off to an early start with a collective test session scheduled for March 25th and 26th at Barcelona. Two more sessions will ensue at Circuit Paul Ricard in France (March 30th and 31st) and on Italian soil at Imola (April 7th and 8th).
The championship will feature ten rounds with the opening act set for April 22nd at Spa-Francorchamps. Teams and drivers will then move to Barcelona and Montecarlo, running as a supporting act to the Formula 1 World Championship, while more rounds will follow at Paul Ricard, Zandvoort, Imola, Nürburgring, Spielberg and Mugello. Monza will then host the season finale on the 31st of October.
“I am delighted for the agreement reached with JD Motorsports, and I cannot wait to start my European career with the team. This is set to be a really interesting season, and I am really looking forward to racing on so many venues that made motorsports history.”
Roberto Cavallari – Team Principal
“We are very happy for the agreement reached with Eduardo. Watching him in the USF2000 Series, he was really competitive. We will work hard to get him to adapt to our car quickly in every circumstance, so to be equally successful in Europe too. I thank all his staff and family for choosing JD Motorsport, identifying our operation as the most suitable environment for Eduardo’s technical and human growth in his first European experience”.
MONZA race weekend is over, finally we breathed again the smell of the track, of challenge, unique sensations, we bring home good and bad results but above all great sensations of pure motorsport PASSION with our only “warrior” #38 William Alatalo