Schumacher Beats Rival Mawson in Safety Car filled Second Race


ADAC Formel 4 - 3. Event 2016 - Lausitzring, GER - Foto: Gruppe C

Another faultless drive saw Mick Schumacher once again take victory at the Lausitzring. The result helps his championship chances as he edges ever closer to Joey Mawson at the head of the ADAC Formula Championship.

As the lights went out, Schumacher made a strong start, leaving second place Mawson to take the wide line through the first turn. The Australian got the drive into the complex and quickly closed up the gap to the Prema Powerteam driver, pressuring him towards the end of the first lap.

Behind them, a number of cars ran off the track, but, unlike the opening race, it was relatively clean, with only Sophia Florsch spinning. Sadly though, the safety car free race didn’t last long as Kevin Kratz went for an unachievable gap, slamming into the side of the Andraes Estner.

As the race got back underway, a spin for fourth placed Kami Laliberte put an end to his chances, which was a disappointment as he was on course for a strong result had been working his way through the field. Schumacher and Mawson used the battle to break away from third place Jannes Fittje.

While the fans were given a few minutes of green flag racing, it didn’t last long as Yannick Brandt defended from an attack to his left into turn one, he didn’t spot the car on the outside and was spun, breaking the cars suspension.

Things went from bad to worse for the van Amersfoort Racing as Michael Waldherr edged Moritz Muller-Crepon into the wall. Waldherr continued but ran into Louis Gachot as the safety car was called, all three retired.

Before they had the opportunity to restart, the officials decided to call the race with three minutes to go. This left Schumacher as the overall winner and continuing the 2016 tradition of having the same driver win the opening two races of a weekend.

Mawson will know that a strong second will be vital for his championship as Fittje completed the podium places. Fourth and fifth was rounded out by Mike Ortmann and the experienced Kim-Luis Schramm. While in sixth was Lirim Zendeli, who had a trouble free race to come home as top rookie.