Thankfully undramatic ending to Nürburgring

After two red flags in the first two ADAC Formula 4 races this weekend, it was thankfully an undramatic finish to the weekend.

Marcus Armstrong started the race from Pole Position ahead of Julian Hanses and Enzo Fittipaldi, while Dane Frederik Vesti started fourth. The starting grid for Race 3 was set by the finishing positions in Race 1, where top-10 was reversed, while P11 and backwards would keep their positions. That meant Juri Vips in P6 had a great advantage over his closest rival, Felipe Drugovich, who would only line up in P16, after being hit in yesterday’s race.

There was no position changes in top 3 at the start, but Frederik Vesti lost his front wing after a collision in turn 1, and had to pit for a new one. That send him out of any chances for a points finish.

Felipe Drugovish was on a quick march forward, and was soon to be found in top 10, and trying to move even further up.

Photo: Gruppe C Photography

The two ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg teammates Oliver Söderström and Sophia Flörsch had a hard battle, where they didn’t leave many centimetres of asphalt to each other, and took the grass in use as well. That battle was outside the points, and didn’t have any influence on the Championship competitors.

There were many attempts on overtaking manoeuvres, but not real overtaking. Only when Michael Waldherr got technical issues, there was a few changes, well outside top 10.

Louis Gachot lost two positions with just 5 minutes left of the race, with Lirim Zendeli and Juan Manuel Correa both going past him within two corners.

Marcus Armstrong
Photo: Gruppe C Photography

On the penultimate lap we saw Laurin Heinrich and Doureid Ghattas get into contact with each other, breaking Heinrich’s rear suspension broke and he had to retire. That fight was for 20th in the race, so well outside the points

Marcus Armstrong was able to take the third victory of the season ahead of Julian Hanses and Enzo Fittipaldi. Since Fittipaldi was only guest starter, he didn’t score any points, giving third place points to Juri Vips. In that way he lost only few points to Armstrong, who is now in second, ahead of Felipe Drugovich.

The next race weekend will be held at Sachsenring on September 16th-17th.

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