Mawson Claims Honours in heavily interrupted Race 2


ADAC Formel 4 - 1. Event 2016 - Oschersleben, GER - Foto: Gruppe C

Joey Mawson extended his ADAC Formula 4 championship advantage after he maintained the gap during a heavily interrupted second race at Oschersleben. The van Amersfoort Racing driver now has a 14 point gap over his nearest rival.

Mawson who started on pole, made a strong getaway as the safety car peeled away into the pits, maintaining his lead in the first few corners. It mattered little though, as a large crash at the back saw two cars written off for the weekend.

Going into the first corner after the restart, Yannik Brandt was forced onto the grass as the field became progressively bunched, he rejoined but failed to get up to speed as Louis Gachot smashed into the back of him. Both drivers got out of their cars, but a red flag was flown to clear the debris with the time still counting down.

Carrie Schreiner was also caught up in the incident and retired with the field once again being made to start behind the safety car – with only 16 minutes to go. Even this wasn’t entirely fool-proof as Michelle Halder spun while the race was neutralised, proving just how damp the track was.

Once again Mawson made a strong start as third place Mike Ortmann was all over the back of Kim-Luis Schramm. It was a clean start as Sophia Florsch quickly found herself under pressure from Moritz Muller-Crepon. The Austrian made a brave dive down the inside into turn one, but misjudged his braking point taking them both out and bringing out the safety car once again.

The second restart saw Mick Schumacher, who’d benefited from the crash, jump up to fourth finally getting his revenge on Jannes Fittje after he’d held him up on Saturday. After pressure from teammate Juan Manuel Correa, it was Juri Vips who gave up a promising finish as he out braked himself in the final sector running wide before taking to the pits.

Back at the front, Mawson extended his lead with Schramm starting to drop back slightly. In the end is was another comfortable win for the Australian who continues to extend his championship advantage.

Schramm and Ortmann rounded out the podium, with the Mucke Motorsport driver holding off the challenge of Schumacher and Fittje in the final laps. Correa made up for his DNF on Saturday, but claiming sixth, while an intense fight in the closing saw Simo Laaksonen hold off Kami Laliberte.