The German team kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport from Berlin finished twice in the points ranking at the second season event of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The races four to six were held last weekend (22nd/23rd of April) in the main schedule of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Hungaroring near Budapest. The Dane Mikkel Jensen, again the only driver for the racing stable from the German capital city, finished tenth, seventh and eleventh in the Dallara Mercedes-Benz. He improved his starting position in each race.
„Certainly we hoped for more, but Mikkel and the team got the best out of the starting situation. And we scored better than we expected“, said team principal Peter Mücke. Right before the start of the official test drives at the 4.381 km long track near the Hungarian capital city on the 20th of April, Jensen was unlucky as the newbie in Budapest. He overran a cover of a rainwater gutter and the cooler and the monocoque of his race car were damaged after that. „So the test driver was over by that point, we didn’t get any measuring parameters and Mikkel was not able to gather a lot of experience on this track. Of course, all that had its influence on the results at the qualifying“, explained Peter Mücke.
After his twice fourth position at the season opening at the French race track Paul Ricard near Le Castellet and the points of Budapest, Mikkel Jensen is on overall position ten at the moment. Winners of the races at the Hungaroring were the Estonian Ralf Aron, the German Maximilian Günther, who is the leader of the drivers ranking at the moment and the British rookie Ben Barnicoat (all Dallara Mercedes-Benz). The next season event of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is scheduled from 13th to 15th of May in Pau (France). The team kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport will be able to start with their second driver at this event, the rookie David Beckmann. The newbie from Hagen will celebrate his 16th birthday on Wednesday (27th of April) and reaches the minimum age for this competition. The rookie will be the youngest driver of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Pau. Last year, he scored the rookie championship at the ADAC Formula 4 (overall fifth) and finished overall fourth at the Italian Formula 4 championship.
(Attached to this mail photos of Mikkel Jensen at the Hungaroring: © Mario Bartkowiak/Jegasoft Media)