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David Schumacher and Bent Viscaal join MRF Challenge in Bahrain

by Ida Wood

FIA Formula 3 Championship racers David Schumacher and Bent Viscaal will join the MRF Challenge grid for the series’ second round in Bahrain.

Schumacher raced primarily in Formula Regional European Championship this year, winning four races for the US Racing team co-run by his father Ralf and finishing fourth in the standings.

The 18-year-old stepped up to FIA F3 for the Sochi season finale, taking a best finish of 20th with Campos Racing.

He switched to Sauber Junior Team by Charouz for the Macau Grand Prix, which used the same Dallara F3 2019 cars, and finished in 21st place.

It is the second time a Schumacher has raced in the MRF Challenge, with David’s cousin Mick contesting two seasons and winning four races.

Viscaal, runner-up in Euroformula Open in 2018 and the North European Zone and Spanish Formula 4 championships the year before that, raced with HWA Racelab for the duration of the inaugural FIA F3 season.

His best finish was a fifth, achieved in the third race of the season, but did not score points in any other races.

He is also believed to have completed some simulator work for HWA’s Formula E programme.

Neither driver is confirmed to attend the third and final MRF Challenge round at India’s Chennai circuit next February.

The addition of the pair in Bahrain brings the grid size up to 11, with Belgian racer Michelangelo Amendola the leading driver from the nine cars that attended the opening round at Dubai Autodrome after winning three of the five races held.