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Euroformula attracts Paolo Brajnik for 2023 opener, with eye on full season

by Ida Wood

Photo: Drexler Formula Cup

The grid for the 2023 Euroformula season opener has grown to seven confirmed entries as NV Racing and their driver Paolo Brajnik join the championship.

Brajnik, an Italian who for a long time has raced with a Serbian licence, has had an incredibly varied motorsport career that goes back to the 2000s and has included titles in superbikes, FIA Central European Zone Formula 3 and the F2000 Italian Trophy, which he won last year in his Dallara 320.

He also campaigned that car in the Austrian F3 Cup, and contested practice for Euroformula’s Imola round last year before withdrawing from the races. Brajnik has now committed to a Euroformula return at Algarve at the end of this month.

“After a few years racing in Central Europe and Italy, the Euroformula Open comes as a very exciting challenge,” he said.

“It’s been a rather last-minute decision and it is going to be tough against the young guns, but it is going to be fun, which is what drives me.”

On what originally motivated him to switch from motorcycling to single-seater racing, he joked “considering that after 18 broken bones, four-wheelers would be more reasonable” as a way to continue his passion for motorsport. Prior to pursuing a career in racing, his work life had been just as action-packed as he was an acrobatic plane pilot.

Should his Algarve weekened go well, Brajnik plans to contest the full Euroformula season.

Although BVM Racing is anticipated to field two cars this year, at the moment Euroformula is set to hit a new low at Algarve with just seven drivers announced as taking part.