Stefan Fürtbauer on the podium twice

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The Drexler Formula Cup had a very turbulent start to the season in Monza. The field of 34 formula racing cars was really busy. The overall win of the day on Saturday lunchtime went to Bernardo Pellegrini (HAT Powertrain) with the somewhat more powerful F3 Dallara, who relegated his compatriot Renato Papaleo (One Management) to second place by 1.154 seconds. Just behind the Formula 3 duo from Italy, Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing) settled for third place and at the same time won the classification in the Drexler Formula Cup. Like many other competitors, Zeller had not managed an optimum lap in the rainy qualifying session on Friday afternoon and only managed seventh on the grid. Danny Luderer (Vogtland Racing Team) and Formula 3 newcomer Stefan Fürtbauer (Franz Wöss Racing) did better in front of him. However, Fürtbauer had a moment of shock at the start on the way to the chicane and spun spectacularly. This threw him far back and after the chequered flag fell Fürtbauer was recorded in 22nd place due to his recovery. In the Drexler Formula Cup standings, however, it was still enough for the first podium finish in the still young season.


A cracker of a field for the season opener in Monza

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The Drexler Formula Cup will kick off the new circuit racing season next weekend (30.04.-02.05.21) on the 5.793-kilometer Formula 1 track in Monza. In the royal park the new motorsport year begins for further championships. With the TCR Italy Touring Car Championship, the Mini Challenge, as well as the Clio Cup Europe and the Italiano Gran Turismo Sprint and Italiano Sport Prototypi, some top-class series are at the start. Making its debut in Italy is the new BMW M2 CS Racing Cup Italy, which is intended to cause a sensation as a one-make cup. As was the case last year, the Drexler Formula Cup is teaming up with the Top Jet F.2000 Italy Trophy and can boast a record field of over 40 entries before the start of the season. "We were almost taken aback by the interest shown by the teams," says coordinator Franz Wöss. Motorsport is still affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, as is general public life. Restrictions in travel and hygiene regulations of the organizers determine the scenery like last season. Many restrictions lead to the fact that one cannot expect consistently very well filled starting fields.


Nico Gruber (AUT) and Philipp Regensperger (GER) active in TCR Germany

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Two former champions from the Drexler Formula Cup and Remus Formula Cup are once again active in touring car racing this season. More specifically, both are competing in the ADAC TCR Germany, which is part of the International German GT Championship (ADAC GT Masters). Austrian Nico Gruber made a splash as a series newcomer last year, winning in his very first TCR outing in the Hyundai i30N TCR at the Lausitzring. Gruber finished third in the Junior classification at the end of the season, causing a surprise not only for Hyundai Team Engstler. He last sat in a formula car in 2019, when he won the Formula Renault class in the Drexler Formula Cup in commanding fashion. Philipp Regensperger's motorsport career followed a similar path to Nico Gruber's. Regensperger also comes from karting and made his entry into circuit racing in a formula car. In 2017, he finished runner-up in the Remus Formula Cup overall drivers' classification in Formula 3 and also claimed victory in the German Formula 3 Cup classification. Last season, the 22-year-old from Bavaria competed in the TCR for Team Lubner Motorsport. This year, team boss Mirko Lubner is now planning a full season in the ADAC TCR Germany in an Opel Astra TCR. Both Nico Gruber and Philipp Regensperger have gained a lot of circuit experience in formula racing. This now also needs to be implemented in the TCR touring car in order to continue to be successful.

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Warm-up at the Hungaroring

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Next week ( 16.-18.04.2021) the Formula season will start at the Hungaroring in the framework of the FIA CEZ and the Austrian National Racing Car Championship. Preparations are currently in full swing. The start of the new circuit season is also a welcome opportunity for some drivers from the Drexler Formula Cup to put the first kilometers under their wheels this year. The races will be held in the categories of the FIA CEZ - Division 2 with Formula Renault, Formula 4 and, of course, Formula 3. The Race Car National Championship and the Race Car Cup of the AMF will again be contested internationally in 2021. Last year Sandro Zeller (SUI) took the overall victory here in Division 1. The Hungarian Benjamin Berta won Division 2 and Paolo Brajnik (ITA) was victorious in Division 3. "We are excited to see how the first two sprint races on the Formula 1 track just outside Budapest will go," says Franz Wöss. He also has more detailed information ready for all interested teams and drivers who want to contest the opening round of the FIA CEZ and the Austrian Racing Car National Championship at the Hungaroring.

Info under: franz.woess.racing@aon.at

RS. 07.04.2021
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