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Euroformula reaches eight cars for round one as Motopark signs Shields

by Ida Wood

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Euroformula now has eight confirmed entries for this weekend’s season opener at Algarve in Portugal, as Motopark adds Cian Shields to its line-up.

Shields is only in his second year of car racing, having graduated from karting into GB3 last year with Hitech GP. He won a reversed-grid race at Silverstone and claimed two other podium finishes in reversed-grid races to come 13th in the standings. His best result in races with conventionally-set grids was a fifth place.

Prior to GB3, Shields was Benelux champion in X30 Junior karts in 2019 before moving up to the Senior level in 2020 and coming third in the IAME Euro Series. At the end of 2021 he began a single-seater test programme to prepare for the move into car racing.

The Briton is Motopark’s fourth signing, alongside Formula Regional European Championship points-scorer Noel Leon, German single-seater rookie Jakob Bergmeister whose car racing experience comes to three weekends in Formula 4 United Arab Emirates (with a best finish of 20th) in January of this year, and Team USA scholar Bryce Aron who was fifth in BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 in 2020 then 12th in GB3 in each of the last two seasons. He spent 2022 as Shields’ team-mate.

Last year’s Euroformula regulations limited Motopark to entering three cars under its own name, with the German team’s three additional entries scoring points for its Japanese offshoot CryptoTower Racing Team. The announcement of Shields has indicated that he will represent Motopark’s main team, which has also been the case in the announcements of the other three signings.