Oliver Goethe completed a strong maiden single-seater season last year. The 16-year-old youngster scored six podiums and a win in the Spanish F4 with MP Motorsport He will now graduate to Formula 3 with the Dutch outfit. Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA) is a highly competitive series, with a grid of 33 of the best young drivers in the world. The championship comprises of 10 rounds, three of which support Formula 1, including the Monaco GP, which will be Ollie’s first home race.
“I am excited to race in Formula Regional with MP. The calendar looks awesome with a lot of new tracks and the competition will be extremely strong, but I am up to the challenge.”
Benjamin Goethe has an exciting GT season planned, which got off to a fantastic start in January with a podium finish at the 24H Dubai. For the remainder of the year, he will race in the GT World Challenge Europe with Team WRT, for a double programme in the Sprint and Endurance Cup, aiming to claim his maiden victory with the Belgian outfit.
This will be Benjamin’s third year in the series. Having made his debut in 2019 at only sixteen years old, he became the youngest ever competitor in the top-level GT racing series and won the SRO Merit Award at the end of the season. Alongside his racing duties, Benji is completing his final year at Millfield School, preparing for his A-Levels.
“I couldn’t have wished for a better start to the year than our second-place finish in Dubai and the work hasn’t stopped ever since. We completed an intense winter testing programme, and now I can’t wait to go racing again.”
Franco Colapinto is the latest addition to the ROFGO Racing drivers. The 2019 Spanish F4 champion, 2020 Toyota Racing Series Rookie Champion, and Formula Renault race winner started the season in the Middle East, making his LMP2 debut in the Asian Le Mans Series with an outstanding performance. The 17-year-old from Argentina took three pole positions, three fastest laps and three podium finishes out of four races.
For the remainder of the season, Franco will contest a double race programme, racing in the FRECA with MP Motorsport alongside Ollie and compete in ELMS with G-Drive Racing. In addition to that, he will debut in the greatest motor race in the world: the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
‘’I am incredibly thankful to ROFGO for welcoming me to the team. It’s going to be the greatest season I’ve ever had and to do it as a ROFGO Racing driver makes it even more special.’’
ROFGO owner Roald Goethe:
“I am thrilled that our profile of ROFGO drivers is becoming ever younger, reflecting our continued desire and passion to be connected with modern racing, in single-seaters and GT at the highest level. We will fly the ROFGO flag not only in Historics such as the upcoming Monaco GP Historique but also in a flurry of world class events with first class teams with our ROFGO Junior drivers.
Seeing my children climbing the ladder this way for me personally adds a special dimension to it, and I am very happy that they will be joined by Franco who we welcome with open arms to the ROFGO family.”
ROFGO Sporting Director Stuart Hall:
“Having had the pleasure of working with Benjie and Ollie for the past 9 years, it’s fantastic to see them progress to such a high level of competition at such a young age. They both have very exciting seasons ahead of them. I’m looking forward to working hard together to achieve our goals.
I would like to welcome Franco to ROFGO. It’s great to see another exciting young talent join our ROFGO team.”
The European leg of the 2021 season starts with a triple-header for the ROFGO team on April 16-18 in Imola (FRECA), Monza (GTWCE), and Barcelona (ELMS)