Four drivers join SMP F4
The 2017 SMP F4 NEZ Championship signed its four first drivers for the coming season. Dutch Bent Viscaal is joined by Christian Lundgaard from Denmark, Frenchman Tristan Charpentier and Lukas Dunner from Austria. Added to that, Viscaal and Dunner will take part in the Spanish F4 Championship.
Bent Viscaal is the Dutch ace in the pack in the 2017 SMP F4 NEZ Championship, having just been announced as a KNAF Academy pupil. In recent years, the 17-year-old made a name for himself in the German karting world, ending up champion in the 2015 German FK Junior Championship with KSM Schumacher Racing Team, the team owned by Ralf Schumacher. Last year, Viscaal finished sixth in the CIK-FIA European OK Championship while taking ninth in the WSK Champions Cup for OK karts.
In the same OK WSK Champions Cup, Christian Lundgaard took third in the final standings in 2016. Also run by Ricciardo Kart in the CIK-FIA European OK Championship, Lundgaard finished 11th, while also grabbing second place in the Danish championship. The 16-year-old joins MP Motorsport with the support of the Danish federation. In 2015, the young Dane became European Champion in the KF Junior category.
16-year-old Tristan Charpentier arrives in the SMP F4 NEZ Championship with two years of motor racing experience. The Frenchman finished fifth in last year’s French F4 Championship while in 2015 he raced in the Ginetta Junior Championship.
Lukas Dunner (15) from Austria steps up from karting’s Rotax Max ranks. Last year, Dunner finished fourth in the Rotax International Open for junior drivers. In 2015, Dunner competed in both the Euro Challenge and BNL Karting Series – both in the Rotax Max Junior category. In the European Mini Max final of 2014 the Austrian took second place.