Eriksson Leads Way in First Practice


As the drivers arrived at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, they were determined to prove themselves. The 41 driver strong field meant that cars would find it hard to get into a clear part of the race track to set their quick times.

Most of the drivers headed straight out with various people taking the top spot in the first few minutes as times started to fall. But after nine minutes it was clear an order was being established. Marvin Dienst, the driver that finished fourth in last year’s ADAC Formel Masters became the pace setter. He led the field on a 1m27.807s, with a gap back to second placed, Kim-Luis Schramm.

However; it would be the third placed driver, Giorgio Maggi who would take the session lead from Dienst. The HTP Junior team driver wasn’t going to give up his session dominance however, and set the fastest lap by 0.8 seconds. He would go on to beat his time and be the first man under 1 minute 27 second mark.

Despite Dienst’s early dominance, it was his former Formel Masters rival, Joel Eriksson who took the top spot and kept it for the remaining 10 minutes of the session.

It soon became clear that some teams dominated over the others. HTP Junior Team managed to get two cars into the top three, while Motopark had their two of their drivers in first and fourth. After nineteen minutes of practice, this team dominance was ruined by Mick Schumacher who managed to get his car up to fourth, but was soon beaten by his van Amersfoort Racing team mate Joey Mawson.

It became clear that four drivers were not going to set times, as David Beckmann, Ricardo Feller, Carrie Schreiner failed to leave the pits, while Marylin Niederhauser only completed three instillation laps.

The fast times died off towards the end as all drivers, who had completed a lap, went back onto track. This left Eriksson to end the session on top with a 1m26.740s. He was ahead of Dienst and Janneau Esmeijer. Meanwhile the Neuhauser Racing cars, who had dominated the earlier in the session, fell to ninth and tenth.