Formula Regional European Championship

Vidales Takes Opening Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine Win at Imola

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Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

David Vidales took the first Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine victory at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in a race three times interrupted by the safety car.

After starting from pole position, Prema Powerteam’s Vidales held onto the lead at the start, while Arden’s Alex Quinn jumped up to second place as front row starter Paul Aron (Prema Powerteam) dropped to fourth.

The first safety car was needed after Arden’s Nicola Marinangeli spun into the gravel trap at Tamburello at the start of lap two, while further around the lap, DR Formula’s Brad Benavides also went off at Acque Minerali, with the American being launched over the kerb and into retirement.

Vidales held on to the lead after a perfect restart, with Quinn maintaining second ahead of R-ace GP’s Hadrien David and Aron.  It wasn’t long however when the safety car was needed again as JD Motorsport’s Tommy Smith spun into the wall on the exit of Tosa.

A mistake by Quinn on the restart gave Vidales a gap on the restart, with the Briton withstanding pressure from David.  Quinn edged closer to the leader but was unable to get close enough to make an attempt for position.  

The safety car was needed for a third time when Kas Haverkort (MP Motorsport) crashed out on the exit of Tamburello after contact with Patrik Pasma (KIC Motorsport).  There was not enough time for the wreckage to be removed for the race to resume and it finished behind the safety car.

Vidales, who took his maiden car racing victory at Imola last year in Formula Renault Eurocup, led the field to the chequered flag ahead of Quinn and David, with Aron ending fourth ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Grégoire Saucy, with Arden’s William Alatalo ending sixth ahead of leading rookie Isack Hadjar of R-ace GP.

Dino Beganovic ran off track on the opening lap but was able to finish eighth after coming out ahead of a close battle with FA Racing’s Gabriel Bortoleto, while Van Amersfoort Racing’s Mari Boya completed the points scorers ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini and FA Racing’s Andrea Rosso.

As well as Haverkort, Smith, Marinangeli and Benavides, both DR Formula’s Emidio Pesce and R-ace GP’s Zane Maloney failed to finish.

Race two will take place on Sunday morning, with Saucy on pole position.

Race Result

112David VidalesESPPrema Powerteam34:48.848
221Alex QuinnGBRArden Motorsport+0.202
310Hadrien DavidFRAR-ace GP+0.999
41Paul AronESTPrema Powerteam+1.714
526Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix+4.061
68William AlataloFINArden Motorsport+4.668
76Isack HadjarFRAR-ace GP+5.047
817Dino BeganovicSWEPrema Powerteam+5.501
985Gabriel BortoletoBRZDR Formula+5.775
1064Mari BoyaESPVan Amersfoort Racing+6.159
1146Gabriele MiniITAART Grand Prix+6.730
1219Andrea RossoITAFA Racing+6.983
135Patrik PasmaFINKIC Motorsport+7.334
1496Oliver GøtheDENMP Motorsport+8.137
1558Elias SeppänenFINKIC Motorsport+9.877
1635Pietro Delli GuantiITAMonolite Racing+10.158
177Axel GnosCHEG4 Racing+11.310
1851Francesco PizziITAVan Amersfoort Racing+13.647
1962Lorenzo FluxáESPVan Amersfoort Racing+14.284
2091Eduardo BarrichelloBRZJD Motorsport+15.395
212Nico GöhlerGERKIC Motorsport+16.120
2213Jasin FeratiCHEMonolite Racing+16.802
2372Bélen GarciaESPG4 Racing+17.415
249Alexandre BardinonFRAFA Racing+20.239
RET27Kas HaverkortNEDMP MotorsportRetired
RET41Emidio PesceITADR FormulaRetired
RET16Tommy SmithAUSJD MotorsportRetired
RET14Nicola MarinangeliITAArden MotorsportRetired
RET71Brad BenavidesUSADR FormulaRetired
RET22Zane MaloneyBARR-ace GPRetired
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