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Dilano van’t Hoff dies in FRegional Europe crash at Spa

by Ida Wood

Photo: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Formula Regional European Championship driver Dilano van’t Hoff has died after being involved in an accident during today’s race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Following a late safety car restart, there were several crashes on the Kemmel Straight in rainy conditions. Tim Tramnitz spun out of second and avoided being struck by anyone, while van’t Hoff was one of the drivers who crashed afterwards in the dense spray.

The incidents led to the race being red-flagged, and the final results being taken from two laps prior with van’t Hoff classified 19th.

The Spa 24 Hours race, which FREC was supporting this weekend, confirmed van’t Hoff lost his life in the accident.

FREC put out their own statement, which read:

Spa-Francorchamps statement July 1st, 2023

Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine sadly announces the death of MP Motorsport driver Dilano van’t Hoff. The incident happened during Spa-Francorchamps race 2.

We want to express our sincere condolences to the family, team and friends.

Royal Automobile Club of Belgium, the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps and SRO Motorsports Group join Alpine and ACI in expressing their sincerest condolences to the driver’s family, team and friends.

All startline entertainments for the Spa 24H today have been cancelled, and there will be a minute’s silence before the start of the race to honour the memory of van’t Hoff.

No update has been publicly given on the condition of the other drivers who crashed on the final lap.

Van’t Hoff started his car racing career in 2021, coming second in the Formula 4 United Arab Emirates championship and then joining MP in Spanish F4, where he was champion. At the end of the year he also contested several FREC rounds.

He stepped up to FRegional full-time for 2022, coming 13th in the Asian championship with a pole and a podium and 19th in a part-time European campaign with MP that also included a podium finish.

Two points finishes in the first four rounds of this season meant van’t Hoff sat 18th in the standings after today’s race.