Zendeli Takes Nurburgring Pole After Promising Friday Pace


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After another frantic qualifying session, it was Lirim Zendeli and Felipe Drugovich who will share pole positions for the Nurburgring round of the ADAC Formula 4 Championship. It will be Zendeli’s first pole of his career and could be vital for the German who has had an up and down season to date.

Drugovich meanwhile, will have an eye on his championship, sitting seven points behind Juri Vips and just two in front of Vips’ teammate Marcus Armstrong. A poor qualifying for both could be a golden opportunity for the Brazilian who has already taken three wins this season.

Armstrong had started the session strongly, going top within the opening ten minutes. He would struggle to improve though, eventually falling to thirteenth by the time of the chequered flag. Vips would soon jump towards the front, but he, like many others, would struggle to knock Zendeli from the top spot.

For the first time this season, Prema Powerteam will run four cars as Italian F4 race winner Enzo Fittipaldi joins the regular three. With no Italian racing for another month, the weekend will be a good opportunity for Fittipaldi to maintain his race craft.

As time ticked down, Drugovich took to the top, the Van Amersfoort Racing driver determined to prove his championship volition was ousted in the final minute by Zendeli, proving his testing pace was no mere fluke.

Behind the front row pairing, Jonathan Aberdein and Kim-Luis Schramm will look to continue their strong run of pace in recent rounds. The South African has picked up three podiums this season and will be looking to secure his maiden win in the series.

A personal best result from Andreas Estner will see him line up fifth with Vips forced to settle for sixth after dropping away in the closing minutes. Behind them, the US Racing pair of Julian Hanses and Fabio Scherer locked out the fourth row as Fittipaldi and Sophia Floersch rounded out the top ten.