Paolo Brajnik celebrates double victory

Drexler Formula Cup - Monza (ITA)

The second round of the Drexler Formula Cup in Monza was contested by a record field of 40 Formula cars. The clash with the TopJet F2000 Formula Trrophy kept the predicted elements of tension at a very good level. One of the top favourites, Serbian Paolo Brajnik (NV Racing), was already in top form in qualifying with his Dallara F320, setting the fastest time of 1:46.384 minutes. After the eleven-lap chase on the 5.793-kilometre Grand Prix circuit was released on Saturday afternoon, Brajnik took the lead. Behind him was Cian Carey in his first Formula 3 outing for the Franz Wöss Racing team. After Bernardo Pellegrini (HAT Powerteam) could not hold on to his third position and dropped back a bit, Renato Papaleo (One Management) and Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing) set the tone behind the leading duo. Almost over the entire race distance, the positions remained occupied. When the safety car had to take to the track three minutes before the end of the race, things got exciting again. After the restart, Carey put all his eggs in one basket and passed Brajnik. But Brajnik counter-attacked in the last lap before the chicane and kept the upper hand until the finish with a lead of 0.855 seconds.

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Champion Sandro Zeller starts in Monza

Drexler-Automotive Formula Cup

The second round of the Drexler Formula Cup will take place on the 5.793-kilometre Formula 1 track in Monza next weekend (22-24 April). For some of Italy's championships, the new motorsport year begins in the royal park. The TCR Italy Touring Car Championship, the Italiano Gran Turismo Sprint and the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy will provide plenty of excitement at the ACI Racing Weekend. As in 2021, the Drexler Formula Cup is teaming up with the Top Jet F.2000 Italy Trophy and will feature a cracker of a field of over 30 cars. "The interest of the teams is huge, as it is every year before Monza. We are looking forward to this event as part of the circuit championships in Italy," says coordinator Franz Wöss. At all championship rounds that the Drexler Formula Cup will hold in Italy this season, they will be at the start together with the Italian Formula 3 scene.

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Benjamin Berta and Attila Penzes win at home race

Drexler Formula Cup - Hungaroring (HUN)

Benjamin Berta and Attila Penzes are the two winners at the opening weekend of the Drexler Formula Cup in Hungary. Both Formula 3 drivers were convincing at their home race on the Formula 1 circuit just outside Budapest. For the first round on the 4.381 kilometre Hungaroring, Benjamin Berta (Solution Racing SE) kept the competition at bay in qualifying. In rainy and therefore very difficult conditions, Berta impressively distanced himself from the competition and put his Dallara F314 on pole position with a 1:57.867 min. When the field set off on Saturday afternoon, two laps were completed behind the safety car for safety reasons. After the start, the Hungarian steadily pulled away from his rival Paolo Brajnik (NV Racing) and won by 37.122 seconds from the Serb. Behind Brajnik, Attila Penzes (Franz Wöss Racing) finished third. Newcomer Andre Petropoulos (Team Hoffmann Racing) achieved a feat. The German had first set the third fastest time in qualifying with the Formula Renault and followed up this fantastic performance with fourth place overall after the 13-lap chase, which also gave him victory in the Formula Renault category. Adam Kovacs (HF Racing Team) and Dr Norbert Groer (Team Hoffmann Racing) completed the Formula Renault podium with the other places behind Andre Petropoulos. Daniel Tapinos (Franz Wöss Racing) was fifth overall.

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Season opener at the Hungaroring

Drexler-Automotive Formula Cup

Next weekend (08.-10.04.22) the new circuit season will start for the Drexler Formula Cup. As part of the FIA CEZ Championship, the Hungaroring just outside the Hungarian capital will be the venue. The event also heralds the start of the motorsport year in Hungary. In addition, points will be awarded in the Austrian Racing Car Championship. In total, the Drexler Formula Cup has eight events on the calendar in 2022. "After the TopJet F2000 Series has completed its season opener in Mugello, we are now entering the season. Of course, we hope that all eight race weekends will take place. Last year we had to deal with cancellations and noticeable cutbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic," says coordinator Franz Wöss. At the season opener in Hungary, pilots from eight nations are expected in the formula field. The strongest team in terms of numbers comes from Austria. With Luca Iannaccone (ITA), newcomer David Richert (CAN), Daniel Tapinos (GRE) and Attila Penzes (HUN), the Franz Wöss Racing team provides four drivers in Formula 3. In addition to Penzes, Janos Magyar, Adam Kovacs and Benjamin Berta have a home game.

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