Joel Eriksson Leaves the Lausitzring as ‘Half-time Champion’


Joel Eriksson goes into the summer break as the half-time champion in the ADAC Formula 4 championship. The series contains races at eight locations, the fourth weekend, at the Lausitzring, represented the halfway point of the season with a break until the next round.

The Swedish driver will become the series first half-time champion as he holds a lead of only 4 points over Joey Mawson, who left the Lausitzring with a win and two second places to seriously help his championship chances.

After the second race on Saturday, the championship leader said, “This win was really a great relief for me. I fought hard against Joey and won through in the end. I knew I was faster and was waiting for him to make a mistake.”

“When he actually made an error, I took my chance and went into the lead. I had already tried my luck going down the straight but then pulled back. I needed every point in view of being disqualified from Race 1 and was taking no chances.”

Meanwhile his van Amersfoort Racing rival, Mawson was not as pleased; “Frankly, I’m disappointed with second place after this race. I had a good start and went straight into the lead. I was struggling a bit on the early laps but still managed to keep Joel Eriksson behind me – until the safety car came out.”

“I had some dirt on the tyres after the re-start and skidded. That error cost me the win, but I didn’t give up and was right behind Eriksson when the safety car came back out on track again.”

After the third race Joel Eriksson commented, saying; “My start was pretty good. I immediately got past some cars on the first corner. With the middle of the field being so tightly bunched, it was important to keep a cool head and avoid a collision. I overtook one car after another and finished in ninth place.”

“In the end, it was lucky for me that Joey Mawson didn’t win the race. So I’m pleased to be going into the summer break as half-time champion.”

Mike Ortmann will also leave the weekend pleased after his best result of the season, as well as three rookie victories, putting him as the leader of the rookie championship by seventeen points.