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Aron holds off David as FREC title race heats up in Barcelona

by Ida Wood

Photo: FREC

Dino Beganovic’s Formula Regional European Championship lead was cut in the first race at Barcelona as Prema team-mate Paul Aron won.

Aron converted his sixth pole of the season into his fifth win of the year, and brought himself back into title contention with three races of 2022 to go.

The Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior made a strong start that meant he did not have to defend his line going into turn one for the first time, while MP Motorsport’s Dilano van’t Hoff and Arden’s Eduardo Barrichello disputed second place behind.

Barrichello ran too deep into the corner and almost lost third place exiting turn two, but had more grip on the inside through turn three to fend off R-ace GP’s Hadrien David.

The positions remained fairly static across the 35-car field through the first half of the race, with action only really taking place in the race’s final third.

On lap 12, Gabriele Mini tried passing Joshua Dufek for sixth around the outside of turn one. He ended up sliding off-track and as he rejoined at turn two he then drifted across into Dufek’s path, allowing Dufek’s Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Kas Haverkort to pass them both.

At the hairpin, Joshua Duerksen then dived down the inside of Dufek to climb a spot, having previously been in battle with Victor Bernier. A lap later Bernier hit trouble as his car slowed down the pit straight and sent him down the order, while Hadrien David benefited from a tow to pass van’t Hoff for second into turn one having previously cleared Barrichello.

David had the pace to then rapidly eat into Aron’s lead of several seconds, and tried passing him around the outside at turn one on lap 17. Aron tried breaking the tow the next two laps, weaving down the pit straight, and managed to hold on for victory.

In the closing laps there was more changes behind as Barrichello faded down to sixth, with Haverkort claiming fourth place and Mini getting ahead of Dufek after a few squabbles that sent Leonardo Fornaroli down to ninth, behind Gabriel Bortoleto.

Duerksen took the final point in 10th, holding off Beganovic who fell out of the top 10 on the opening lap and now leads the championship by 44 points over Mini.

Race results (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Paul Aron Prema 33m06.435s
2 Hadrien David R-ace GP +0.147s
3 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport +4.086s
4 Kas Haverkort VAR +7.185s
5 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix +9.887s
6 Eduardo Barrichello Arden +11.521s
7 Joshua Dufek VAR +12.669s
8 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP +13.043s
9 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident +13.686s
10 Joshua Duerksen Arden +15.021s
11 Dino Beganovic Prema +15.776s
12 Noel Leon Arden +16.100s
13 Sebastian Montoya Prema +16.907s
14 Levente Revesz VAR +17.462s
15 Pierre-Louis Chovet R-P-M +18.928s
16 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP +19.098s
17 Owen Tangavelou R-P-M +20.629s
18 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix +21.004s
19 Esteban Masson ART Grand Prix +21.731s
20 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport +22.127s
21 Roman Bilinski Trident +25.587s
22 Tim Tramnitz Trident +26.772s
23 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing +27.423s
24 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing +32.845s
25 Mari Boya MP Motorsport +33.607s
26 Francesco Braschi FA Racing by MP +34.249s
27 Sebastian Ogaard KIC Motorsport +37.271s
28 Piotr Wisnicki KIC Motorsport +37.947s
29 Axel Gnos G4 Racing +44.685s
30 Nicola Marinangeli Monolite Racing +1m02.563s
31 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP +1m15.400s
32 Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing +1 lap
33 Santiago Ramos KIC Motorsport +2 laps
Ret Amna Al Qubaisi Prema
Ret Victor Bernier FA Racing by MP
Fastest lap: Bortoleto, 1m43.363s

Championship standings
1 Beganovic 253   2 Mini 209   3 Aron 201   4 David 190   5 Haverkort 165   6 Bortoleto 133   7 Michael Belov 93   8 Boya 69   9 Fornaroli 62   10 Dufek 58