Van Amersfoort Racing Confirm F2 Move As HWA Racelab Depart

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Van Amersfoort Racing have announced that they will replace HWA Racelab in Formula Two from 2022 season onwards.

This announcement comes after Van Amersfoort Racing (VAR) announced in October that they would field a team in Formula Three next season, which will see the Dutch constructor now operate teams across six junior categories.

VAR CEO, Rob Niessink is “absolutely thrilled” to expand their junior racing category operations to include F2, as he proceeded to praised a “high level of professionalism” in the category which fits VAR’s vision throughout all of their junior series operations.

VAR will make their debut in the 2021 Post-Season F2 Test in Abu Dhabi this week between 16-18 December with Peter van Erp appointed to lead the F2 team, given his vast motorsport experience from F1 to F4, where he led the team to a F4 title double in Germany and Italy with Ollie Bearman.

VAR founder, Frits van Amersfoort added; “Starting with F4, we cover the complete road to F1, which is perfectly in line with our philosophy on supporting young talented drivers on their way up to higher levels in motorsport.”

Van Amersfoort also noted that the team’s first season in F2 won’t be simple as he iterated that he is “very well aware of the level of competition we’ll face and won’t take this challenge lightly.”

F2 CEO, Bruno Michel meanwhile is “very pleased” to welcome VAR to the second-tier and believes that the team “will be a great addition to the grid” with a connectable pathway from their F3 team and other junior categories.

Michel though is wary of the task that awaits them next season but is confident that they will swiftly adapt as he added; “Joining F2 is always challenging, but their expertise and professionalism will undoubtably help them get to grips with the category quickly.”

HWA Racelab will therefore depart F2 with Michel placing on record his personal tribute, in which he commented; “I would like to take this opportunity to thank HWA RACELAB for their collaboration for the past two seasons, and I wish them success for their next challenge.”

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