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Road accident rules Bilinski out of FREC’s Zandvoort round

by Ida Wood

Photo: TGR NZ

Roman Bilinski will miss this weekend’s Formula Regional European Championship races at Zandvoort, having been hospitalised after a road accident.

On Thursday afternoon, Bilinski took to his Instagram to say: “Hello everyone I am very sorry to miss the Zandvoort race this weekend due to a road accident. Thanks to all the medical staff #OspedaleNuovoLegnano for their great support ❤️”

The post was accompanied by a photo of him in a hospital bed, two days before track action at Zandvoort begins. He did not specify when or where the road accident took place, the extent of his injuries or the expected length of his recovery period. Many of his rivals were quick to wish him well by leaving comments on the post.

Since no replacement driver has been announced, it means the Trident team will only run Niko Lacorte and Ruiqi Liu this weekend.

Bilinski sits ninth in the standings with 20 points after the first four races, starting the season with a ninth place at Hockenheim then taking a pole position and a second place finish last time out at Spa-Francorchamps.

Two weeks after Zandvoort is round four of the season, which takes place at the Hungaroring, then the championship heads to Mugello a further three weeks on from that. Bilinski only needs to score four points upon his return to the cockpit to exceed his tally from last season, and expectations of the 20-year-old Pole have been raised this year as he won the 2024 FRegional Oceania title.