Juju Noda celebrates first double victory

Drexler-Automotive Formula Cup - Spa Francorchamps (BEL)

It was only a question of time when Juju Noda (Noda Racing) could celebrate her first big success in the Drexler Formula Cup. The fact that the Japanese driver succeeded in Spa under the eyes of her father, ex-F1 driver Hideki Noda, is all the more pleasing. Over the entire weekend Noda convinced in the Ardennes with her pace and took pole position in qualifying with a time of 2:15.343 min ahead of returnee Cian Carey (Franz Wöss Racing) and Bernardo Pellegrini (HP Powertrain). Early Friday morning, she had even shone with an even faster lap time (2:14.634 min) in free practice. In the first run, Noda took the lead and was able to build up an advantage. Benjamin Berta (Franz Wöss Racing) managed to push Cian Carey back to third, while Bernardo Pellegrini dropped back to 6th position. Juju Noda made no mistakes during the 10-lap race. She finished 4.045 seconds ahead of second-placed Benjamin Berta, who held off Cian Carey for third place by 2 seconds. Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing) missed the podium, as did Francesco Galli (G Motorsport). Both were out of reach with a gap of more than 10 seconds and had no chance to intervene.

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High tension before the start of the second half of the season

Drexler-Automotive Formula Cup - Spa Francorchamps (BEL)

For its 5th race weekend, the Drexler Formula Cup will be coming to Spa Francorchamps from 07-09 July 2023. 2021 was the last time the Ardennes hosted the event. "It has already become a good tradition that we race at the Spa Summer Classic. The Formula 1 circuit has its own peculiar appeal in the world in many respects. For this race, the popularity is particularly high. Of course, we are looking forward to top-class duels on the Ardennes roller coaster," says coordinator Franz Wöss. The 7.004-kilometer Formula 1 circuit has always been considered a special draw. 40 Formula cars with drivers from 13 nations are expected. The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the greatest challenges for racing drivers from all over the world. It rightly bears its nickname "Ardennes roller coaster," as evidenced by the spectacular "Raidillon/Eau Rouge" steep section and the downhill passage with the notorious "Blanchimont" curve.

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Second double victory for Benjamin Berta (HUN)

Drexler-Automotive Formula Cup - Red Bull Ring (AUT)

At the 4th round of the Drexler Formula Cup Benjamin Berta (Franz Wöss Racing) achieved his second double victory this year at the Red Bull Ring. The Hungarian started the race from pole position and had shone in qualifying with a time of 1:25.797 min. Qualifying was really exciting in the field of 28 Formula cars.

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A cracking field in Styria

Drexler-Automotive Formula Cup - Red Bull Ring (AUT)

Next weekend (May 19-21) the Drexler Formula Cup will be visiting Styria for its 4th round. The circuit trophy at the Red Bull Ring has been one of the season's highlights for many years and fans will get a foretaste of the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix, which will be held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg from June 30 to July 2. On the Grand Prix circuit in the Alps it is not only about points in the Drexler Formula Cup or the Austrian Racing Car State Championship, also the drivers of the ZINOX F 2000 Trophy will race for championship points. "We expect around 36 Formula cars and drivers from eight nations. Thus, we can present a very strong internationally well-staffed field to the spectators. For the first time, we are coming to the Red Bull Ring with two Formula 3 categories," says coordinator Franz Wöss. The Schwarzenberg Drexler Cup coordinator and team manager is looking forward to the home race in the Alps with the picturesque backdrop of the Red Bull Ring.

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