Benjamin Berta (Franz Wöss Racing) crowned champion in Tuscany

Drexler-Automotive Formula Cup - Mugello (ITA)

The trip to Tuscany was worthwhile for Benjamin Berta in all respects. The Hungarian from the Franz Wöss Racing team scored the necessary points to win the title at the 8th round of the Drexler Formula Cup in Mugello. The final was marked by enormous tension and, as was to be expected, the Formula 3 drivers from the ZINOX F2000 Trophy did not play an unimportant role in the awarding of points. Francesco Galli (G Motorsport) took pole position in qualifying with a 1:39.917, beating Juju Noda (Noda Racing) by 0.467 seconds. Benjamin Berta was close behind, ahead of defending champion Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing). The start of the first race on Sunday morning was delayed by 45 minutes due to a wall of fog in Mugello. In the start duel Galli kept the upper hand against Berta and Noda, while Sandro Zeller lost his fourth position to Bernardo Pellegrini (HT Powertrain). In the early stages, a safety car period neutralised the race. Bejamin Berta completed the re-start flawlessly and passed Galli, with the Italian reacting immediately to regain first position. The pace of the group of three with Berta, Galli and Noda was impressive. They managed to open a gap to the chasers. Galli didn't let up and took his chance to overtake Berta in a manoeuvre. Behind them, the positions were decided. Galli won ahead of Berta, who was crowned champion early. Behind Noda and Pellegrini, Sandro Zeller finished in fifth place.

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Hot finale in Tuscany

Drexler - Automotive Formula Cup - Mugello (ITA)

The Drexler Formula Cup is entering the home straight in its 10th season at Mugello. Next weekend (06.-08.10.) points will be awarded for the last time. The championship can boast a great field of starters on the 5.245-kilometre circuit at the Mugello Racing Weekend. "We have almost 40 Formula cars on the grid. Of course, Formula 3 is very strongly represented in the field," says coordinator Franz Wöss. Like all the teams and drivers, he is looking forward to the renewed encounter with the ZINOX F2000 Trophy, which presents the Formula 3 scene in Italy. The ultra-fast circuit in Tuscany has come into the limelight mainly due to the MotoGP races in recent years. For the Drexler Formula Cup, it is already the second appearance in Mugello, as they completed the season opener here this year. The winners in the spring were Benjamin Berta (Franz Wöss Racing) and Juju Noda (Noda Racing).

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Juju Noda keeps the championship open

Drexler Formula Cup - Automotodrom Brno (CZE)

For Juju Noda (Noda Racing) the success curve just doesn't stop. At the 7th round of the Drexler Formula Cup in Brno, the Japanese driver scored her second double victory of this year's season. First, Noda set the fastest lap times in qualifying and took pole position for both races. Outstanding was her fastest lap for the 2nd race on Sunday, where she sensationally drove around the Masaryk Circuit with a 1:51.378 min and distanced the competition with Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing) and Benjamin Berta (Franz Wöss Racing). Noda then made no secret in both races to the Drexler Formula Cup that the victory will only go through you. It was really exciting for the other podium positions, where Sandro Zeller and Benjamin Berta fought a duel on equal terms, as they have done so often this season. Benjamin Berta came out on top in both races and thus created a points cushion in the battle for the championship, which will be decided in October at the finale in Mugello (ITA). Behind the top three, Hungarian Janos Magyar (Magyar Racing Team) finished fourth both times.

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First match point for Benjamin Berta

Drexler-Automotive Formula Cup - Automotodrom Brno (CZE)

After its summer break, the Drexler Formula Cup starts the next round in Brno (08.-10.September). The traditional circuit in the Czech Republic heralds the final autumn in the formula racing series. Recently there was good news from Brno, because there are changes in terms of ownership. The track is getting a new owner in Karel Hubacek, who wants to further develop the traditional race track. With Karel Abraham, an important mastermind of the circuit will also remain. Abraham will be a member of the supervisory board of the Masaryk Circuit in the future. The Masaryk Racing Days on the Motorcycle Grand Prix circuit have been a fixed part of the Drexler Formula Cup for years. As every year, the racing program is top-class. The focus will be on the BOSS GP with Formula 1 and GP2 racing cars. In addition, the touring cars of the TCR Eastern Europe, the GT series, as well as the SCC are expected to cause a sensation. Furthermore, the HAIGO racing series with Formula - and touring cars will be at the start. "With the race weekend in Brno, the Drexler Formula Cup starts into the hot phase. In Formula 3, a preliminary decision can be made here before we then have the final in Mugello," says coordinator Franz Wöss. The Schwarzenberg team boss and organizer is referring in particular to his protégé Benjamin Berta. The Hungarian comes to Brno as the leader of the Formula 3 standings. Behind the driver from the Franz Wöss Racing team is Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing) from Switzerland. The defending champion will try everything in Brno to close the gap and postpone the title decision to the finale at Mugello. In third place is Juju Noda (Noda Racing), who is currently trailing Bernardo Pellegrini (HP Powertrain) in fourth. On the Masaryk Ring, the local heroes should not play an insignificant role. Vaclav Safar will start for Franz Wöss Racing. The Czech will again attempt to finish on the podium at his home race. The same goes for Vaclav Lausmann (Sape Motorsport), who has established himself in the Formula 3 Trophy standings this season. Marcel Tobler (Jo Zeller Racing) has been the champion since the race at Hockenheim. Tobler has laid the foundation for this success with three one-two victories so far. The other places are occupied by Francesco Solfarolli (Facondini Racing) and Eduardo Bonanomi (Team Automobile Tricolore). Urs Rüttimann (Jo Zeller Racing) and Luca Iannaccone (Franz Wöss Racing) can still hope for the podium in the overall standings. Andre Petropoulos (Team Hoffmann Racing), who recently finished in the points at Hockenheim, is also expected to score points. Fabio Turchetto (A.S.D.Ruote Scoperte M.) is currently leading the Formula Light category with mainly Formula Renault racing cars. Robert Siska (Franz Wöss Racing) and Dr. Norbert Groer (Team Hoffmann Racing), who are tied behind him, still have the chance to catch up with Turchetto. On Friday (08.09.) the first qualifying session for the Drexler Formula Cup will take place after the free practice sessions at 15.45 hrs. The 1st run will take place on Saturday (09.09.) at 9.35 am. After the 2nd Qaulifying at 9.00 o'clock on Sunday morning (10.09.) the 2nd run will take place at 11.25 o'clock. 

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