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Ramos fastest as FREC test entry list hints at 2023 moves

by Ida Wood

Photo: Diederik van der Laan / DPPA

Santiago Ramos led a Race Performance Motorsport one-two in Formula Regional Europe post-season testing at Mugello.

There were eight test sessions across Monday and Tuesday in the days immediately following the season finale at the circuit, and testing kicked off with R-ace GP’s Tim Tramnitz setting the pace.

Tramnitz drove for Trident this year and Formula Scout understands he will join R-ace for 2023 and could be announced next week. The German was initially close to a deal with the team for this year prior to his back-breaking pre-season testing shunt in a Formula 4 car.

The fastest lap of the entire test was set in the second session, with Ramos posting a 1m42.643s to head ART Grand Prix’s Sami Meguetounif, who raced for MP Motorsport this year.

Maceo Capietto kept R-P-M on top in session three, going fastest by just 0.006 seconds over F4 United Arab Emirates champion Charlie Wurz, who was driving for ART GP.

Capietto improved in Monday’s final session to end the day 0.002s behind Ramos in the combined timesheet.

Tramnitz began Tuesday like he did on Monday, setting the early pace. This time his closest opponent was Joshua Dufek, who raced for Van Amersfoort Racing this season but was testing with Trident.

Capietto was fastest by 0.403s in session six of the test, with Tramnitz in second place and then Prema’s Italian F4 graduates Andrea Kimi Antonelli and Rafael Camara.

Their F4 rival Valerio Rinicella was quickest in the penultimate session for MP Motorsport, a tenth up on VAR’s Nikhil Bohra who had driven for Trident on Monday but then switched teams. Brando Badoer had been in the car he spent Tuesday in, while Noel Leon took over the Trident-run vehicle for the test’s second day. Tramnitz and Bohra were the top two in the last session.

Bohra was the fastest FREC newcomer in sixth place overall in the test, then Wurz and Camara.

Other noticable entry list addtions were Lorenzo Fluxa at Prema, where he is believed to be moving to for 2023 while Antonelli’s graduation now looks less certain with interest in a step straight up to FIA Formula 3 if permitted, and VAR’s F4 driver Martinius Stenshorne at R-ace.

Swiss team Sports Promotion, which doesn’t compete in FREC, ran two cars and VAR also fielded two of its Euroformula cars.

Additional reporting by Roger Gascoigne

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Santiago Ramos R-P-M 1m42.643s 95
2 Maceo Capietto R-P-M 1m42.645s +0.002s 105
3 Sami Meguetounif ART Grand Prix 1m42.717s +0.074s 131
4 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP 1m42.797s +0.154s 151
5 Joshua Dufek Trident 1m42.934s +0.291s 128
6 Nikhil Bohra Trident/VAR 1m42.962s +0.319s 138
7 Roman Bilinski Trident 1m43.088s +0.445s 122
8 Charlie Wurz ART Grand Prix 1m43.205s +0.562s 140
9 Kas Haverkort VAR 1m43.227s +0.584s 121
10 Rafael Camara Prema 1m43.249s +0.606s 133
11 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m43.291s +0.648s 136
12 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport 1m43.384s +0.741s 120
13 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix 1m43.439s +0.796s 143
14 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema 1m43.521s +0.878s 116
15 Brando Badoer VAR 1m43.553s +0.910s 76
16 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP 1m43.567s +0.924s 155
17 Noel Leon Trident 1m43.621s +0.978s 63
18 Nicolas Baptiste R-ace GP 1m43.723s +1.080s 137
19 Levente Revesz Arden 1m43.828s +1.185s 152
20 Owen Tangavelou Arden 1m43.842s +1.199s 151
21 Matias Zagaztea Arden 1m44.057s +1.414s 136
22 Adam Fitzgerald R-P-M 1m44.262s +1.619s 96
23 Aiden Neate R-ace GP 1m44.335s +1.692s 131
24 Maya Weug Prema 1m44.443s +1.800s 125
25 Pierre-Alexandre Provost G4 Racing 1m44.875s +2.232s 128
26 Enzo Scionti MP Racing 1m45.203s +2.560s 143
27 Niels Koolen VAR 1m45.418s +2.775s 116
28 Jean 63 Sports Promotion 1m54.925s +12.282s 101
29 Laurent 86 Sports Promotion 1m56.242s +13.599s 79