Gianluca Petecof prevailed of a titanic fight in between himself and also Prema Powerteam team-mates Arthur Leclerc and also Oliver Rasmussen to end up being the 2020 champ of the Formula Regional European Championship.

In a year when it didn’t show up Petecof would certainly last the period as a result of monetary restraints, the Brazilian did make it throughout, and also a fifth-place surface in the last race of the period sufficed for him to take the title as Leclerc was compelled to retire.  Rasmussen’s obstacle finished when the penultimate race of the year was terminated as a result of the climate.

Coronavirus Pandemic Forces Calendar Reshuffle

The schedule for the 2020 Formula Regional European Championship period was introduced in September 2019, yet the break out of the coronavirus early in 2020 compelled it to be rejigged.  It wasn’t up until August that the period ultimately obtained underway at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Prema Powerteam fielded 4 cars and trucks as they sought to safeguard their 2019 titles, with Ferrari Driver Academy duo Petecof and also Leclerc being signed up with by Danish racer Rasmussen and also 2019 W Series champ Jamie Chadwick.

Van Amersfoort Racing were anticipated to be Prema’s primary resistance, although only Pierre-Louis Chovet competed in every occasion.  Alessandro Famularo was readied to race in the 2nd auto from the beginning yet it was not up until the 3rd round prior to the Venezuelan showed up, and also he was gone once again after simply 3 occasions.  Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger took control of for the last 3 rounds, while the 2nd round of the year saw a shock go back to competing for Facu Regalia.

KIC Motorsport likewise entered into the year with high hopes as Finnish duo Patrik Pasma and also Konsta Lappalainen were signed up with by an additional Red Bull Junior in Jüri Vips.  However, the coronavirus influenced Vips’ engagement – as did being contacted to race in FIA Formula 2 – restricting him to simply 3 getaways, while both Nico Göhler and also Nicola Marinangeli signed up with the area for 2 races each.

DR Formula RP Motorsport fielded Italian racer Emidio Pesce for the entire period, while they provided a one-off trip to Guatemalan racer Ian Rodriguez in the penultimate round at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

There were likewise one-car participants from Gillian Track Events GTE for Gillian Henrion, and also for Monolite Racing, the last fielding Andrea Cola for 6 of the 8 rounds and also Matteo Nannini for rounded 6 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Arthur Leclerc took 2nd in the champion – Credit: ACI Sport

Prema Start the Year in Dominating Fashion

Over 3 months after its initial arranged beginning day, the period ultimately obtained underway at the start of August at Misano, and also it was not long up until the protecting Teams’ champs where revealing their supremacy.

Leclerc safeguarded all 3 lead at Misano yet was just able to transform among those right into triumph, with Rasmussen taking the initial win of the year as the Monegasque racer was compelled to retire, with Pasma safeguarding 2nd location in advance of Chadwick.  It would certainly become Chadwick’s only journey to the platform in 2020.

Race 2 saw Leclerc take the honours, with Petecof 2nd and also Rasmussen 3rd to finish an all-Prema leading 3.  Petecof made certain Prema left Misano with an unbroken document of triumphes by winning race 3, with Leclerc and also Rasmussen once again on the platform.

The champion proceeded to the Circuit Paul Ricard for rounded 2, yet it would certainly be even more of the very same for Prema, with 3 even more triumphes coming their method.  Two of those – races one and also 3 – went the method of Leclerc, while Petecof took the various other win. 

Rasmussen was noticeable by his lack from the platform as he can just take an ideal of 4th throughout the weekend break as Chovet, Vips and also Vips once again took the last areas on the platform throughout the 3 races as Leclerc and also Petecof shut out the leading 2 areas.

Regalia’s initial track activity for a variety of years saw the Argentine motorist take a set of 7th areas and also a 8th, although as a visitor motorist, he was disqualified to rack up factors.  It was an outstanding display screen non-the-less.

Petecof took the initial win of the Red Bull Ring weekend break as Prema once more shut out the leading 3 areas, with the Brazilian leading residence Leclerc and also Rasmussen.  Rasmussen was compelled to safeguard from Pasma and also Chovet for 3rd, yet the leading 2 remained in a race of their very own up front.

Rasmussen took his 2nd win of the period in race 2, with Petecof and also Leclerc once again joining him on the platform for a Prema lock-out, and also it was a comparable tale in race 3, with Petecof triumphant in advance of Leclerc and also Rasmussen.

The champion after that proceeded to the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in Italy, and also it was Leclerc that was the undeniable celebrity of the weekend break by taking all 3 triumphes.  Although he would certainly require to strive for each and every of them in really various methods.

Leclerc was handed a ten-second fine in race one for passing Rasmussen under yellow flags, yet the Monegasque racer was superb after that to win by greater than twenty secs from Vips, with Rasmussen rejecting Petecof the last put on the platform.

In a race of blended problems in race 2, Leclerc once more took the triumph in spite of matching two times – as soon as for completely dry tires and afterwards once again for damps as the paradises opened up, with Chovet taking 2nd in advance of Petecof.  At one factor, it looked as if Henrion got on program a minimum of a platform, yet the Frenchman was rejected by a security auto brought on by Cola dilating.

Leclerc took a much more simple triumph in race 3 as he led residence an additional Prema one-two-three, with Petecof 2nd in advance of Rasmussen.  Bizarrely this was the last Prema lock-out of the period, and also also unfamiliar person was that neither Petecof neither Leclerc would certainly win an additional race in 2020.

Oliver Rasmussen drove magnificently throughout 2020 to end up 3rd in the standings – Credit: ACI Sport

Pasma Leads Charge for KIC Motorsport

Having won every race of the period heading to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Prema Powerteam were anticipated to control at the Temple of Speed, yet it was not to be as KIC Motorsport took their initial win of the year in race one.

Pasma took lead and afterwards battled the obstacle of Petecof to assert his initial win of the period, with Leclerc finishing the platform puts in advance of Rasmussen.  Rasmussen took his 3rd win of the year in race 2, defeating Lappalainen and also Chovet as Leclerc’s race was finished by a mechanical failing.

Pasma was back to winning methods race 3, taking the chequered flag in advance of Petecof and also Lappalainen as Leclerc battled again, fading from lead to 6th.

Rasmussen was the guy in kind at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya by taking the initial 2 victories of the weekend break, the initial in advance of Leclerc and also collection debutant Hauger, while the Norwegian went one far better in race 2 to end up 2nd in advance of Chovet.

Chovet ultimately took his and also Van Amersfoort Racing’s initial triumph of the year in race 3 in advance of team-mate Hauger, the Norwegian revealing great speed on his opening night of the period.  Importantly, finishing the platform was Petecof, with the Brazilian rejecting Leclerc the setting.

As high as Barcelona was Rasmussen’s weekend break and also one that brought him back right into the title image, the penultimate round at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari was anything yet, as a mechanical problem stopped him from beginning race one having actually safeguarded lead.  It wouldn’t obtain better for the Dane as he can just end up 6th in the various other 2 races.

Rodriguez, making his launching in the group, amazed lots of by taking the win in race one, providing DR Formula RP Motorsport their only triumph of the period, with Hauger once again 2nd in advance of Leclerc. 

Pasma took his 3rd win of the period in race 2 in advance of Rodriguez, with Petecof this time around finishing the platform for Prema.  Race 3 likewise went the method of Pasma, with Leclerc and also Chovet finishing the platform areas.

Heading to the period ending at the Autodromo Vallelunga, the title fight was to be combated in between the Prema chauffeurs, yet race one went the method of Red Bull Junior Hauger for his initial and also just win of the period.  He was signed up with on the platform by Pasma and also Rasmussen.

Rasmussen’s title obstacle finished nonetheless without him transforming an additional wheel, as relentless rainfall terminated the penultimate race of the period, leaving the title fight a straight battle in between Petecof and also Leclerc.  Just 6 factors divided the team-mates heading right into the last race of the year, yet a 5th location surface sufficed for the Brazilian to secure the title as even more mechanical troubles finished Leclerc’s day. 

Rasmussen took the triumph in advance of Hauger, with Chovet finishing the platform.

Patrik Pasma took 4 triumphes for KIC Motorsport in the 2nd fifty percent of the period – Credit: ACI Sport

Petecof and also Prema Powerteam Celebrate

Gianluca Petecof won 4 of the initial 9 races yet did not win once again after the journey to the Red Bull Ring, yet the Brazilian was the extra constant of the Prema triad and also was crowned champ on 3 hundred and also fifty-nine factors.

Petecof finished simply sixteen factors in advance of Leclerc and also Rasmussen, that linked on 3 hundred and also forty-three factors, with the Monegasque completing in advance on countback.  Petecof was likewise crowned the novice champ in advance of Rasmussen and also Leclerc.

Prema controlled the Teams’ Championship with 8 hundred and also forty-two factors, well free from KIC Motorsport’s 4 hundred and also ninety-five, yet 4 victories for Pasma, 2 for Van Amersfoort Racings (one each for Chovet and also Hauger) and also one for Ian Rodriguez of DR Formula RP Motorsport guaranteed it was not all nearly Prema.

The champion in 2021 merges with Formula Renault Eurocup to end up being Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine.  With areas of around eleven cars and trucks throughout 2020, the merging cannot come with a far better time for a champion that revealed that despite a minimal area, it can supply great activity.  It can just be much better with even more cars and trucks… certainly?

Pierre-Louis Chovet took a just win late in the period – Credit: ACI Sport