PREMA Racing continued to show winning form in the second round of the 2022 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, with one win and multiple podium finishes.
Dino Beganovic took his second win of the year in Race 1. After practice was held under pouring rain, Qualifying 1 had an almost dry track and the 18-year-old Swede secured a second row start with P2 in his group. At the start he quickly improved to P2 in a race with two red flags and two safety cars.
After race control imposed a time penalty on the leader, he simply focused on not making mistakes and sailed to the final victory. In race 2, starting again from P3 on the grid, he delivered an incredible move from the outside to take second, which he controlled until the end despite deteriorating conditions.
Estonian Paul Aron took home P3 in race 1 with a solid run, and only the early stoppage robbed him of a shot at P2. Aron then paid the price of a spin in Qualifying 2, and right at the start of the race he had three-way contact with team-mate Sebastian Montoya. Aron ended up finishing in P6 and all together brought home good points.
Montoya, who escaped injury in the incident in Race 2, came from an excellent fourth overall in Race 1, his third rookie win of the year. The young Colombian-American showed the pace needed to fight for the overall honours again.
Hamda Al Qubaisi, who lined up under complicated conditions for her second FRECA appearance, struggled with grip and visibility and focused on racking up mileage and experience. Like Montoya, she will make her street racing debut at the end of this month supporting the Monte Carlo Grand Prix.
“All in all it was a good weekend. We did well in race 1, where we got good points by finishing third, and overall the pace wasn’t too bad. We missed a bit of pole, but we managed to score good points. However, Sunday was a bit trickier as we hadn’t maximized qualifying so it jeopardized our start for race 2. We still got the maximum result we could. It was a crazy race and I have to thank the team for fixing my car during the red flag. In the end we got P6 and some points. It was good to get them, but we definitely missed a bit this weekend. Now let’s push for Monte Carlo. †
“It’s a really good start to the season, I couldn’t have hoped for a better one. Race 1 with the win and Race 2 with P2 gave really good results and we come away with the championship lead again. In race 1 I had a great run from P3. I got around Boya, and after that it just worked because we got the message quite early that Minì was on the time penalty. I’m really happy with the win, it’s a great start to the championship. It’s also special because I got my first single-seater win on this track. Race 2 was very difficult as it started to rain on the pre-grid and there was a bit of confusion about which tires to use “I think everyone went for slicks. When it started to rain it got more complicated, but I’m happy with the end of this difficult race.”
“A week up and down, literally! Testing was pretty good, we learned a lot and honestly I felt pretty confident going into the weekend. In FP1 and FP2 we tried some things, and we didn’t really show the speed we had. But we learned a lot, and Saturday was a dream day. I qualified P2 in group, almost my first pole position, and I was quite happy with that. Race 1 went well, I made rookie mistakes and kept learning. Sunday was more challenging. In qualifying 2 the car was on point, but on my side I could have done better, and then the race got complicated by the conditions. I was just unlucky and got caught in someone else’s mistake.”
HAMDA AL QUBAISIA
“It was a big learning curve for me, with a lot of different circumstances. I keep trying to improve with the team and work harder to get closer to the pace we need.”