2020 Formula Regional European Championship – Rasmussen Wins As Chovet Stalls


A bad start for poleman Pierre-Louis Chovet saw him stall while the Prema drivers Oliver Rasmussen and Arthur Leclerc got away first and second, while Dennis Hauger (Van Amersfoort Racing) amnaged to go from second to third at the first corner, also not making an exceptional start. Pasma, Petecof and Nannini followed through and Chovet eventually managed to start five seconds after the pack, but was last.

On the track, in addition to Hauger, Matteo Nannini made his series debut driving Andrea Cola’s Monolite Racing car, after the regular driver sustained an arm injury away from the race track.

The group of cars at the front was very close initially, the top 7th all within sight of the lead. Meanwhile Chovet was on a recovery rampage, quickly overtaking Emidio Pesce and Jamie Chadwick to climb to 9th.

Nannini made a mistake in an attempt to overtake and as a result was himself overtaken by Kosta Lappalainen and then Chovet. The latter also passed Gillian Henrion a couple of corners later.

With 8 minutes plus a lap to the end of the race, Rasmussen was still ahead of Leclerc, Hauger, Pasma and Petecof. The leader of the race put in a superb drive, setting a series of fastest laps that enabled him to stretch out the gap and escape his pursuers, who were too busy fighting over second to respond.

In the final stages Chovet attacked Lappalainen but failed to overtake him.

Rasmussen deservedly took the win, ahead of Leclerc, Hauger, Pasma, Petecof who tried to limit the damage, and Lappalainen.

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