Drugovich Takes Championship Lead with Race Two Victory


Felipe Drugovich has shown exceptional pace since his coaching from Felipe Nasr (Credit: Gruppe C)

A lights-to-flag victory from Felipe Drugovich sees the Brazilian take the ADAC Formula 4 Championship lead in the second race at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The Van Amersfoort Racing driver now leads by seven points over his nearest rival.

With Julian Hanses penalised to the back of the grid, Drugovich inherited pole position, only to break away within the opening lap.

A clean run from almost all the drivers ensured it was another safety car-free start. Marcus Armstrong had started second but was unable to keep up with the Brazilian in the early stages as he found Fabio Scherer’s threat from behind much more serious.

Armstrong had already proven to be a quick driver though, breaking a gap and leaving Scherer to hold off Jonathan Aberdein and Juan Manuel Correa, who needed to prove himself after dropping back in the first race.

Kami Laliberte had been running seventh after another poor getaway, though was looking to salvage some points until an off at the halfway stage lost him all chances of a strong result.

Aberdein had been running fourth, but a failed overtake on Scherer saw him get on the dirty line, running into the gravel and down to seventh. This left Correa to attack the US Racing car, with Nicklas Nielsen and Juri Vips pressuring.

Back at the front, Armstrong was on a mission and soon found himself catching up to Drugovich for the lead. Drugovich was wise though maintaining a narrow lead.

Drugovich’s win was his third of the season, taking the championship lead as a result. Despite the pressure, rival Armstrong was forced to settle for second as Schrerer held off the pack to claim third.

Correa settled for fourth, with Nielsen and Vips also int the queue. Rounding out the top eight would be Aberdein who fell back due to his off and Michael Walderr.