Marvin Dienst takes his second Double Pole of the year in ADAC Formula 4 after he dominated in the closing stages of qualifying, while his championship rivals line up just behind on the grid at the Sachsenring.
The session saw three red flags, two of which had been caused by Moritz-Muller Crepon who needed to have his car recovered after he went off because of cold tyres, having just come out of the pits twice.
Joel Eriksson had started the session well and was the man to beat in the early stages. He would continue to drop his times until the first red flag came out. However; he would benefit from the dramatic sprint to the line in the closing seconds. Unlike some of his rivals he managed to cross the line before the flag dropped, allowing to set a clean lap and top the leaderboard with a 1:33.605.
Behind him is Tim Zimmermann, who also benefited from a last gasp attempt with his previous lap being interrupted by a red flag. While his team mate and local driver Kim-Luis Schramm also impressed having been the driver to beat before the first interruption. He would improve in the closing stages but only enough to retain third, beating Marek Bockmann behind.
However their was a shock for Robert Shwartzman. After being the driver to beat in practice, he continued his form into qualifying. The red flags in the closing stages initially stopped him setting any fast laps, and a miscalculation by the team saw him not cross the line in time. Unable to improve he dropped to seventh as his rivals set the pace on the drying track.
Group B would only see one red flag period when Luca Engstler and Jason Kremer both found their cars stranded on track. This would be particularly frustrating for Kremer who had been running second at the time of the incident. While he would get back onto track, he was only able to get fourth when the flag dropped.
It was Marvin Dienst who took a commanding lead in the session. The drying track meant that the front runners were easily able to beat Eriksson’s benchmark from the opening session and Diesnt set about setting the fastest lap over and over again.
With a time of 1:31.838 Dienst secured a double pole, his second of the season, ensuring he had the best opportunity to extend his championship lead.
Knowing he needed to keep in range Joey Mawson managed to take the second fastest of the session ensure the three main championship contenders line up in the top three grid positions while the ever impressive David Beckmann was third in Group B.