Norris Tops Practice ahead of Dienst at Nurburgring

Lando Norris goes into qualifying as the quickest driver having beaten Marvin Dienst by six thousandths of a second with a time of 1:27.888 in practice at the Nurburgring for this weekend’s ADAC Formula 4 series.

Two drivers proved their speed in the opening session, with Dienst making the best start after the summer break. A slow start to the session soon found him getting into a rhythm around the shorter Nurburgring circuit to end the first practice session on top with a 1:28.053. He would go on to beat his own time half way through final practice.

Dienst had been the driver to beat in the latter stages of practice one, after a red flag period had seen Jan Jonck and Joel Eriksson stop out on track. Despite going into the break as the championship leader, Eriksson was struggling to find his feet, finishing the first session in sixteenth, and wouldn’t appear in the second.

The other driver to impress was Joey Mawson, who lead for much of the opening stages of the first session, before being pushed down the order by two drivers who missed the last round at the Lausitzring; British driver Norris and Ralf Aron.

He repeated this in the second session with him and his van Amersfoort Racing team mates proving their speed at the start. But a lack of speed at the end of practice would mean he would go into qualifying with some work to do.

Norris would be the man to beat at the start of second practice as he looked to repeat his excellent performance in Spa. He didn’t drop off the pace and managed to beat Dienst in the closing stages of the second practice session having shown pace throughout.

Janneau Esmeijer also proved that, like his team mate, he was in contention of a pole position having completed a HTP Junior Team one-two in the first session, him and Dienst did the same mid way though the second. He went third in second practice.

The Mucke Motorsport cars were competitive, giving a good opportunity for David Beckmann to show his speed, managing to pull his car up to fourth in the second session.