A total of 14 of the new Dallara 320s car will be present at the Hungaroring for the Euroformula’s first round of 2020, and it will be the first ever chance that this exciting new car gets to race. More entries are expected as from Round 2 at the Paul Ricard later this month, as some confirmed contenders are taken by double programme commitments this weekend.
Teams from five different countries across Asia and Europe will be running the chassis, with 14 drivers entered for this weekend. Once again, the Euroformula proves to be a very attractive proposition for young talents coming from around the world. In this first round, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America & Caribbean are represented.
Reigning champion team Motopark is using local Spiess engines and is running Niklas Krütten and Manuel Maldonado. It’s lining up another driver to race in its third car in Hungary.
British team Carlin fields reigning British Formula 4 champion Zane Maloney and Israeli talent Ido Cohen in Spiess-powered cars, and it’s joined on a cross-channel trip by Double R Racing and its HWA-powered driver Ayrton Simmons, who holds dual British-Spanish citizenship.
Drivex School comes from Spain with two HWA-powered cars for highly rated F4 graduates Shihab Al Habsi and Glenn van Berlo, while Dutch squad Van Amersfoort Racing will be making its Euroformula debut with a three-car line-up for brothers Andreas and Sebastian Estner, and Frenchman Alexandre Bardinon. It too will use HWA engines, following Euroformula’s move to becoming one of the only open-engine single-seater series in the world last year.
Another team debuting in the series is CryptoTower Racing Team, the first Japanese outfit to compete in the Euroformula. It has three cars and Spiess power, with exciting Chinese racer Yifei Ye (pictured) and Angolan youngster Rui Andrade being joined by German driver Matthias Luethen, who is at the start of his car racing career.
Last year it was Motopark which won both races in the summer heat of Hungary. Who will triumph in the start of a brand new era?
While there will be no spectators in Hungary this weekend, all the action can be followed from fans at home thanks to live coverage by major broadcasters and online channels in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Moreover, races are also livestreamed on our website www.gtopen.net and on the Euroformula Open channel on Youtube, accessible from all over the world and from all devices. Commentary is in English, by Chris McCarthy and Elliot Wood .