Formula Regional European Championship
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Are you following the news of the car racing world? Then you have definitely read the news about FRECA 2022.
The 2022 season, divided into ten rounds, saw the Swede Dino Beganovic prevail in the last round, in force at Prema and already under contract with the Ferrari Driver Academy. The Nordic driver was not the fastest in absolute terms, having won “only” four races (at Monza, Imola, Monaco, and Spa) against six for his teammate Paul Aron (under contract with Mercedes).
Probably in the second part of the season, he limited himself to managing: but the Estonian, who was also very fast in qualifying with seven poles, was less constant than Beganovic and finished not second but even third, followed by just one point from the Italian Gabriele Mini.
The Palermitan managed to win three races even though the ART team was decidedly subdued (so much so that he finished third in the constructors, also behind the R-Ace GP, while Minì’s first teammate, Mari Boya, finished only tenth in classification).
The season is joyous for the Italians because the fourth place obtained at the beginning of the year in Regional Asia must also be added to the proper placement in the European competition.
What was interesting in the season?
Now, both Beganovic, Aron, and Minì have already been announced for next year in the “international” F3, with the first two who will continue in Prema. At the same time, Minì will go to Hitech, with which he has already carried out the tests in Jerez and with whom he has already raced in the Asian series.
And, with the stars of the 2022 F3 season heading towards F2, they will likely be the favorites for this category.
Behind these three, the French of R-Ace GP Hadrien David (fourth with three wins), the Dutch of MP Kas Haverkort (fifth with two wins), and the Brazilian, also of R-Ace, Gabriel Bortoleto stood out, sixth with two wins.
Eighth in the general classification with the Trident (in his first year in the category), but champion among the rookies, who, despite never having done better than a fifth place, has made constancy his weapon—reaching the points fifteen times out of twenty and beating the Swiss Joshua Dufek by four points. The Italian will race in Formula 3 next year, again with the Veneto team.
Other interesting competitions
The series was won for the third consecutive time by Jamie Chadwick, who won the first five out of seven races and finished second in the sixth (to then retire at Singapore), thus finalising with a 50-point lead over Beitke Visser, second, and with 57 over Alice Powell, third.
It is not clear what the future of the series will be, but as far as Chadwick is concerned, as we have already told you, after having carried out some test sessions in Indy Lights, the preparatory series for Indycar, he signed for Andretti to race in this category.
Italian Formula 4
The Italian series is the most prestigious and important in the world among those in the category: while the others are struggling to reach twenty entries per round, the Italian championship manages to have more than forty (at the Red Bull Ring the enormous number of cars brought to compete in four races instead of three with three “group” heats and one final), making it the most exciting and interesting.
The 2022 championship was dominated by Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who, after a false start at Imola (with only one point conquered in three races), won thirteen of the next seventeen races disputed, finishing two others in second place and winning all three races of a weekend (Spa, Vallelunga, and Mugello) three times out of seven, winning the championship with 362 points (and also winning the classification reserved for rookies).