Margaux Verza returns to Autosport GP for Alpine Europa Cup season
Margaux Verza has been confirmed for her sophomore campaign at Autosport GP, in the competitive Elf Alpine Europa Cup.
Young French racer Margaux Verza announced her return to the highly competitive Alpine Elf Europa Cup, as she will contest her second season in the series with Autosport GP.
Verza, a driver as well as motorsport engineer, made her debut in the GT4-based one-make series in 2022 and had a steady progression throughout the the season: starting from the first round in Nogaro, she claimed her first top-20 in Magny Cours at round 2, then broke in the top-15 at Zandvoort.
Despite a more unlucky weekend in Barcelona, Verza claimed her best result of the season in Monza, where she finished 13th in race 2 after a strong recovery.
At Paul Ricard, she rounded out a very positive rookie season with a P14 and P16, as she battled steadily in the midfield in the second half of the season and secured 9 championship points – ultimately finishing 11th in the Junior classification.
Verza previously raced in the Porsche Motorsport Sport Cup Challenge in France, where she drove Porsche Cayman GT4 machinery to several victories in 2021 – as well as in the Roscar GT Challenge, competing in the Ligier JS2R in 2020.
"For the 2023 season, Marguax Verza is determined to defend the colours of AutosportGP with strength and courage", the team's statement reads. "Supported by the Centre Alpine Lille, we are convinced that Margaux will be able to surpass herself even more this season."
The Alpine Europa Cup has proved to be an important learning platform for youngsters – as well as for several female drivers: current Ferrari GT factory driver Lilou Wadoux graduated from the Alpine series straight to LMP2 machinery in WEC. Gosia Rdest has also raced in the championship since 2020.
The 2023 season will again feature a six-event calendar, starting from the traditional Easter weekend at Nogaro, France, on 08-10 April. The second round at Magny Cours precedes the returns of the series to Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, on 1-4 June. The second half of the season will see races at Dijon-Prenois, Barcelona and the finale at Circuit Paul Ricard, on 6-8 October.