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R-ace GP becomes first four-car FREC team of 2021 with Lena Buhler

by Elliot Wood

Photo: F4 Spanish Championship

R-ace GP has become the first team to make use of the Formula Regional European Championship’s waiver on three-car limits with the addition of Lena Buhler to its 2021 line-up.

For its first year using Renault engines, Regional Formula 3 series FREC has committed to a regulation that limits all teams to three entries per round unless the fourth car is taken up a female driver.

Buhler graduated from a karting career primarily spent in Swiss championships to race in Spanish Formula 4 last year in her first season in single-seaters, and came 15th in the standings with a best finish of fifth.

“I’m delighted to announce I will be driving for R-ace GP in Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine,” said Buhler.

“Very happy to be part of this team that won two times the [Formula Renault Eurocup] championship this last three years.

“Can’t wait for this next challenge in my formation with a lot of level. Thank you to all the people who make this possible.”

Buhler tested with the team in its Tatuus T-318 car at Paul Ricard and Barcelona at the end of last year.

The three other drivers in R-ace GP’s FREC line-up are 2019 British F4 champion and ex-Euroformula racer Zane Maloney, Asian F3-experienced French F4 graduate Isack Hadjar and former Renault Formula 1 junior and 2019 French F4 champion Hadrien David.

Spanish F4 runner-up Mari Boya and Alexandre Bardinon, who raced in FREC’s inaugural season in 2019, also tested with the team during the off-season and are evaluating options in FREC and Euroformula.