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Spanish F4’s Franco Colapinto and Kilian Meyer join Eurocup grid

by Ida Wood

Spanish Formula 4 title rivals Franco Colapinto and Kilian Meyer will both be racing in the Formula Renault Eurocup at Barcelona this weekend.

Fernando Alonso protege Colapinto rejoins FA Racing by Drivex, in place of Alex Karkosik, having made his championship debut earlier in the year at Spa-Francorchamps. As on that occasion, he will race as a wildcard entry.

Meyer, Colapinto’s closest rival in the Spanish F4 standings, will race for M2 Competition. He takes the place of fellow Spanish F4 graduate Patrick Schott, who is absent due to a broken hand.

Schott is currently 22nd in the standings, having contested the first four rounds of the season in the car Colapinto now inhabits before switching to M2.

The 17-year-old started racing cars last year in Spanish F4, after a karting career that included fifth place in the 2017 German Kart championship. While the Barcelona races are a one-off, Meyer plans to return to the championship.

There are two rounds left of the Spanish F4 season, with Colapinto and Meyer split by 32 points at the top of the standings. Dutchman Glenn van Berlo is also in contention for the title, a further 25 points back.

Arden’s Patrik Pasma will miss Eurocup free practice due a clashing exam.