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FR2.0 champion Nicolas Varrone joins British F3 with Hillspeed

by Rob Hansford

Argentine driver Nicolas Varrone will take part in the Silverstone round of the BRDC British Formula 3 championship in June with the Hillspeed team.

Varrone finished third in the 2015 Sudam Junior Argentinian karting championship and after graduating from karts in 2016, he went on to race in Formula Renault 2.0, winning the V de V Challenge Monoplace title in 2018.

The 18-year-old has not raced so far this year due to budget issues but he has now received funding from his manager and fellow Argentinian racing driver, Jose Manuel Balbiani, in order to compete at the Silverstone round.

Varrone will take part in one day of testing with Hillspeed at Silverstone on June 6 before racing at the Northamptonshire circuit a few days later.

“I am?very happy for this opportunity, I am going to be traveling on Monday to go to the workshop to make the seat (and) meet the team and on Wednesday we will be travelling to Silverstone,” said Varrone.

“We are going to have a full day of tests using new tires to adapt to the car, we hope to do a good job with a car with much more aerodynamic load.”

Balbiani said: “Without a doubt, it is a good opportunity for Nicolas to show up in a competitive category that is useful for future negotiations.”

“For the moment it is only a date, we will see what happens next”

Hillspeed are running Sasakorn Chaimongkol in British F3 this year, with the Thai driver currently sat 12th in the drivers’ standings with a best result of fifth.

V de V organiser confirms series cancellation

The organiser of the V de V group of championships has confirmed that none of the scheduled 2019 rounds will take place, after the first two rounds failed to take place.

Ahead of the season, series partner Michelin and APR departed the championship for rival start-up Ultimate Cup Series, which also has a pan-European championship that caters for FR2.0 machinery.

Eric Van de Vyver, who has organised the championship for 28 years, has therefore called off the 2019 season, with no mention if there will be a return in 2020.

The UCS Single-Seater championship is currently led by former GP3 and Italian Formula 4 driver Amaury Bonduel.