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Spanish F4 leader van’t Hoff to debut in FREC with MP

by Ida Wood

Photo: Spanish F4

MP Motorsport will enter a fourth car in this weekend’s Formula Regional European Championship round at Valencia Ricardo Tormo for its Spanish Formula 4 driver Dilano van’t Hoff.

Teams are only allowed to enter three points-scoring cars per event in FREC this year unless the fourth car is driven by a woman, but entering van’t Hoff as a wildcard driver means he is able to race but cannot earn points for himself or the team.

Van’t Hoff currently leads Spanish F4 by 93 points with two rounds to go, meaning he could miss the next round and still be points leader. His single-seater debut came in F4 United Arab Emirates at the start of 2021, and he was title runner-up.

“I’m very happy to join MP Motorsport in FREC, in Valencia,” said van‘t Hoff, who also drives for MP in F4.

“The step-up feels comfortable after our good results during the current Spanish F4 season. I am excited to gain experience in the car and competition this weekend.”

MP engaged in a similar strategy in 2020 when it promoted Kas Haverkort, who was leading the Spanish F4 championship by some margin for the team, into its Formula Renault Eurocup line-up for two rounds as a wildcard driver.

The Eurocup was merged into FREC for 2021, and Havekort is part of MP’s permanent three-driver line-up alongside Franco Colapinto and Oliver Goethe.

G4 Racing and R-ace GP are the only two teams to have made use of the four-car rule, with W Series racer Belen Garcia returning to the grid with G4 this weekend.