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Dutch delight at Zandvoort as Haverkort wins for Van Amersfoort

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

The Dutch anthem rang out again at Zandvoort as home driver Kas Haverkort took his second Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine win of the season for local team Van Amersfoort Racing.

Starting from pole, after the fastest qualifier Martinius Stenshorne had been relegated courtesy of a penalty from the previous round at Monza, Haverkort held the lead at the start and controlled the race to the chequered flag.

Prema’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli got the jump on Laurens Van Hoepen off the line, and slotted into second into Tarzan. Antonelli kept the gap to within a second for most of the race but Haverkort always appeared to have enough in reserve to resist any challenge, and extended the gap in the closing stages to win by 1.4 seconds at the flag.

Van Hoepen had come under pressure from a fast-starting Stenshorne into the Hugenholtzbocht at the start as the R-ace GP driver looked to make use of his pace.

Stenshorne got his nose in front, taking the lower line through the banked left-hander but left enough room on the outside for Van Hoepen’s momentum from the higher line to propel him back in front.

Thereafter the leading positions remained stable, as the frontrunners ran in a train with none able to mount a serious challenge for position.

Stenshorne got a run on Van Hoepen as racing resumed after a lengthy safety car period caused by a crash for Monolite Racing’s Giovanni Maschio at Hugenholtzbocht on lap six.

However, the Norwegian locked up and ran wide through Tarzan, almost costing him fourth to the following Bilinski, who had lost out to Stenshorne at the start.

Stenshorne held on, while Tramnitz was unable to capitalise from the lower line at turn three.

In the latter stages, a burst of push-to-pass brought Van Hoepen onto Antonelli’s tail but the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior soon reasserted himself.

Behind the leading quintet R-ace GP’s Tim Tramnitz withstood race-long pressure from Prema’s Rafael Camara, the Ferrari man having a couple of looks into Tarzan but again being unable to find a way through.

Fellow Prema man, Lorenzo Fluxa had a lonely race in eighth.

Nikita Bedrin held off R-P-M’s Maceo Capietto to take ninth and with it score Monolite Racing’s first points of the season.

Frenchmen Alessandro Giusti and MP Motorsport’s Sami Meguetounif swapped places in a race long battle which saw the G4 Racing driver finish ahead.

Both Antonelli and Tramnitz are under investigation for possible jumped starts so the results remain provisional.

Race result (19 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing
2 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema +1.420s
3 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix +2.943s
4 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP +4.679s
5 Roman Bilinski Trident +4.847s
6 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP +6.311s
7 Rafael Camara Prema +6.491s
8 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema +8.307s
9 Nikita Bedrin Monolite Racing +10.638s
10 Maceo Capietto R-P-M +10.749s
11 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing +11.177s
12 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport +12.088s
13 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix +12.698s
14 Joshua Duerksen Arden +14.076s
15 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP +15.130s
16 Pierre-Louis Chovet Sainteloc Racing +15.423s
17 Owen Tangavelou Trident +16.182s
18 Nikhil Bohra Trident +16.540s
19 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport +17.712s
20 Tom Lebbon Arden +21.019s
21 Evan Giltaire ART Grand Prix +21.356s
22 Ivan Domingues Van Amersfoort Racing +21.729s
23 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing +24.924s
24 Ivan Klymenko KIC Motorsport +25.968s
25 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing +31.190s
26 Francesco Soldavini G4 Racing +33.051s
27 Enzo Scionti Monolite Racing +33.636s
28 Javier Sagrera MP Motorsport +2 laps
29 Victor Bernier MP Motorsport +3 laps
Ret Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing
Ret Pierre-Alexandre Provost G4 Racing
Fastest lap: Haverkort, 1m32.425s

Championship standings
 Antonelli 257   2 Stenshorne 208   3 Tramnitz 184   4 Haverkort 147   5 Camara 146   6 Giusti 111   7 Fluxa 80   8 Meguetonif 71   9 Capietto 67   10 Santiago Ramos 65