Four talents for MP Motorsport
MP Motorsport will start the new Formula 4 motor racing season with four talents from across Europe – Dutch driver Bent Viscaal will be joined by Christian Lundgaard from Denmark, Frenchman Tristan Charpentier and Lukas Dunner from Austria.
All four drivers will participate in the SMP NEZ Formula 4 Championship, while Viscaal and Dunner will take part in the Spanish F4 Championship.
“We will go into the new Formula 4 season with an excellent quartet of drivers hailing from all over Europe” – says MP Motorsport team manager Sander Dorsman – “Three talents move up straight from karts, two of them previously having won titles. The fourth arrives with one year of F4 experience under his belt. I feel that they are capable of pushing each other towards great results.”
Bent Viscaal is the Dutch ace in the pack in the 2017 SMP NEZ F4, 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 the 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 taking the crown in the Danish championship. The 15-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.
Tristan Charpentier arrives at MP Motorsport with two years of motor racing experience. The 16-year-old Frenchman finished fifth in last year’s French F4 Championship while in 2015 he raced in the Ginetta Junior Championship in the UK.
Austrian 15-year-old Lukas Dunner 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.