Marcus Armstrong Breaks Away to Reignite Championship Hopes


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Nurburgring would come to a close with Marcus Armstrong celebrating victory after a poor weekend, up until then, in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship. The Prema Powerteam driver had been in contention for the championship at the start of the weekend, but will have lost ground to teammate Juri Vips who took fourth in the final race.

The final Nurburgring event of the day was a reverse grid affair, with polesitter Armstrong making a vitally strong start as his title rivals looked to make progress.

Armstrong kept to the left hand side of the track and ran around the outside to maintain the lead into the first turn as Julian Hanses took a tighter line. Behind them, a fantastic start from Vips got him amongst the leaders, slotting behind team-mate Enzo Fittipaldi on the Brazilian’s rookie weekend.

Elsewhere, Kim-Luis Schramm was happy to bide his time in the opening laps, taking fourth after a ten minutes. Sadly for him, this was far as he’d get, with the tyres fading off and the Prema Powerteam holding the gap.

Armstrong would drive home for his first win of the weekend and recover ground in the championship that he’d lost after a failing to make the impact earlier in qualifying. Behind him, Hanses and Fittipaldi rounded out the podium in a calm affair.

Vips and Schramm had kept up with the podium runners throughout, but were unable to make their way past with Lirim Zendeli completing the top six. Behind them, the final Prema car of Juan Manuel Correa took seventh from Louis Gachot. 18-year-old Felipe Drugovich recovered from the back half of the grid with Artem Petrov rounding out the top ten.