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David and Dufek penalised for push-to-pass errors in Zandvoort FREC

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Hadrien David and Joshua Dufek have both incurred penalties for premature use of the push-to-pass function at the restart of the first Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine race at Zandvoort.

From reviewing data acquisition and onboard images the stewards determined that both drivers had pressed the push-to-pass button before the start-finish line as racing resumed following a safety car period two laps from the end of the race.

Push-to-pass was introduced by FREC this season in a bid to facilitate overtaking in the series, with each driver allowed to activate the system five times during a race. However, under Article 23.8.2(b) of the Sporting Regulations, drivers may not push the button before crossing the finish line following the withdrawal of the safety car.

R-ace GP driver David, who had finished in second place on the road, activated the overtaking aid 498 metres before crossing the line. With the field bunched together by the safety car the 10-second time penalty drops him to 12th position in the final classification.

Dufek incurred the same time penalty, having pressed the push-to-pass button just 45 metres before crossing the line. Having earned a best ever FREC finish of sixth on the road, the penalty drops the Van Amersfoort Racing driver to 23rd.

According to the stewards’ decisions, both drivers admitted their misdemeanours. The decision of the stewards may not be appealed.

As a result of these penalties being applied, Dufek’s team-mate Kas Haverkort inherits second place and, with David out of the points, moves above the French driver to third in the overall standings.

FA Racing’s Victor Bernier, who had been passed by Dufek at the restart, and RPM’s Pietro Delli Guanti have been promoted to ninth and tenth places respectively, each thereby scoring their first points of the season.

Revised result
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Paul Aron Prema 20 laps
2 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing +2.314s
3 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix +2.808s
4 Dino Beganovic Prema +3.292s
5 Mari Boya ART Grand Prix +4.946s
6 Sebastian Montoya Prema +6.658s
7 Michael Belov MP Motorsport +6.975s
8 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident +7.897s
9 Victor Bernier FA Racing by MP +8.910s
10 Pietro Delli Guanti R-P-M +9.249s
11 Roman Bilinski Trident +9.637s
12 Hadrien David R-ace GP +10.793s
13 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport +10.831s
14 Esteban Masson FA Racing by MP +10.930s
15 Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP +11.113s
16 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing +11.151s
17 Owen Tangavelou G4 Racing +11.501s
18 Eduardo Barrichello Arden +12.225s
19 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix +12.284s
20 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing +12.648s
21 Levente Revesz Van Amersfoort Racing +12.953s
22 Santiago Ramos KIC Motorsport +13.721s
23 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing +14.079s
24 Noel Leon Arden +14.208s
25 Axel Gnos G4 Racing +15.275s
26 Francesco Braschi KIC Motorsport +15.980s
27 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP +16.505s
28 Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing +16.702s
29 Piotr Wisnicki KIC Motorsport +17.465s
30 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema +17.850s
31 Cenyu Han Monolite Racing +18.193s
Ret Keith Donegan R-P-M
Ret Tim Tramnitz Trident
Ret Joshua Duerksen Arden
Ret Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP
Fastest lap: David, 1m32.175s

Championship standings
 Beganovic 159   2 Mini 117   3 Aron 113   4 David 94   5 Haverkort 97   6 Belov 83   7 Bortoleto 69   Boya 64   9 Montoya 26   10 Fluxa 23