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‘One of our brightest talents’: Tributes as driver, 18, killed in Belgium race crash

A teenage driver has died in a crash at a race in Belgium.

Dilano van’t Hoff, who was from the Netherlands, was competing at the Formula Regional European Championship.

Organisers said the 18-year-old MP Motorsport driver was competing in a morning race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The race organisers said they were “devastated” by the news.


“Everyone associated with the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa is devastated by the news that Formula Regional EU by Alpine driver Dilano van ‘t Hoff lost his life in an accident during this morning’s race,” they said.

“We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and MP Motorsport.”

A minute’s silence was held before the start of the main 24 Hours of Spa race on Saturday.

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Motorsport’s governing body FIA also expressed its sympathies after Mr van’t Hoff’s death.

“The FIA extends its condolences to the family and friends of Dilano van ‘t Hoff and to the MP Motorsport Team following the incident today during the Formula Regional European Championship event at Spa-Francorchamps,” they said in a statement.

MP Motorsport paid tribute to Mr van’t Hoff who brought “so much energy” to the team, and described him as “one of our brightest Dutch talents”.

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“Dilano has been a part of our racing family since his motorsport debut with MP back in 2021,” they said.

“We offer our sincere condolences to Dilano’s family and his loved ones, and are in full support of them and our team members who have lost not only a driver but a friend as well.”

French driver Anthoine Hubert was killed following a multi-car crash during a Formula Two race on the same circuit at the 2019 Belgium Grand Prix.


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