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In 2017, Weerts was runner-up in the Rookie championship with Team Motopark. He hopes the move will boost his title challenge.

Charles Weerts (16, Belgium) is about to embark on a second season in the ADAC Formula 4 series, but this time with a new team. The teenager from Aubel in Belgium will be driving for Van Amersfoort Racing in 2018. Weerts spent his rookie season of 2017 with the German team, Motopark.

And it was a successful campaign, during which he lifted the Best Rookie trophy three times in 21 races – at Oschersleben, at the Lausitzring and in the season finale at the Hockenheimring. In the class for newcomers, he finished the season as runner-up behind Rookie champion Mick Wishofer (18, Austria).

Weerts already has plenty of racing experience in a single-seater, a fact that was not lost on the management of the illustrious Dutch team. “His strong performance last year quickly brought him to our attention,” says Jeroen de Jong, principal of the VAR Formula 4 setup.

“Charles is highly success-oriented. His second place in the ADAC Rookie championship and his current form are clear evidence of his quality and an indication of the direction he is heading in.”

During the European winter break, Weerts is competing in Formula 4 races in the United Arab Emirates where he leads the standings with two more rounds to go, having won three races and made nine podium appearances. He has high expectations of his new partnership with the Dutch team: “The record of results at VAR say it all. My current lead in the UAE F4 Championship fills me with optimism that I will once again be able to prove my worth in ADAC Formula 4."

"I aim to be one of the front-runners. I just can’t wait for the season to start.”

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The partnership between Prema and the Ferrari Driver Academy will provide another great addition to the team for 2018. Coming from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gianluca Petecof will be lining up for a double effort in the Italian and German Formula 4 Championships.

Born in 2002, Petecof joined the FDA program last December and he is now ready to make his full-time debut in single seaters.
Petecof enjoyed a fair share of success in kart racing, including a 5th place in the CIK-FIA World Championship, OKJ class, and raced as a manufacturer driver in the Tony Kart Racing Team.

For him, 2018 will be a challenging and busy learning season, with the goal of making progress and preparing for an exciting future while battling among the rookie contenders. 
“It is always exciting to welcome a young driver graduating straight from kart racing. Both the team and driver need huge commitment in search of mutual understanding, and by working professionally, there are great chances of improvement and success." Commented Team PrincipalAngelo Rosin  

"Gianluca definitely has a lot of talent which is the most important thing, and with the support of Prema and the Ferrari Driver Academy, I’m sure that everything else will come naturally.”
Petecof Added: "“2018 is set to be a big year for me since it will be my first in single seaters. I will be racing in Formula 4, and I'm excited about the new challenges of the season ahead."

"To race for the incredibly successful team that Prema is, and to be part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, representing the most successful and legendary brand in Motorsport, is something that every young driver dreams."

"I couldn’t thank Shell Racing enough for their amazing and constant support. I'm looking forward to fighting at the front, and can't wait to get everything started!" He concluded