ADAC Formula 4

Esmeijer Continues Impressive Form to Take Pole

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A good result for the HTP Junior team sees their drivers line up first and third, separated by Joey Mawson after a red flag interrupted session. Because of the size of the grid, the drivers had to be split into two groups.

Group 1

The session started with Luca Engstler taking the early advantage. He was the first on track and used his clean air to set the pace. Only a few of the drivers went straight out, as the field slowly fed onto the track. Benjamin Mazatis came in after only 1 lap, however; would improve later on.

Engstler first time was a 1:32.501, and continued to go faster. The other drivers were unable to catch him at first, but soon got their cars rubbered in. Giorgio Maggi was the first man to beat Engstler as Marvin Dienst blitzed the opposition’s time with a lap that was fastest in all three sectors. He had been on course to improve further, but made a mistake in the second sector of his second lap.

With 12 minutes to go, almost everyone was improving as the times began to tumble. Joey Mawson, who had topped second practice, went top, but was soon beaten by Dienst. The session was interrupted as Florian Janits stopped on track causing a red flag.
The session restarted with all the drivers back out. However; the end of the session was dominated by a head to head battle between Dienst and Mawson. Guanyu Zhou managed to get up to third but was later beaten by Mattia Drudi.

The session ended with Mawson on top with a 1:26.705, infront of Dienst and Drudi.

Group 2

David Kolkmann was first on to the track, setting a 1:34.358, but this was to be short lived as many drivers, including Alain Valente and Marcel Lenerz went fastest. With 12 minutes to go of the session, Cedric Piro took top spot, but it was Michael Walderr, the first driver into the 1 minute 26s.

Janneau Esmeijer took top spot by 0.007 seconds as the times started to calm down. Motopark had 3 of their cars in the top 5, during an impressive qualifying. The only late mover was Aron Ralf who managed to drag his car up to third, with Esmeijer improving on his fastest time.

So, Esmeijer ended the session as the fastest overall infront of Walderr.

The final grid for race one will see, Esmeijer on pole alongside Mawson, with Walderr, Dienst, Aron, Drudi and Joel Eriksson close behind.

The grid for race two is set by a driver’s second fastest time in qualifying, with Dienst this time taking the top spot, ahead of Esmeijer, while Mawson and Aron will line-up on row two, with Drudi and Eriksson on row three.

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