After a strong start from pole, Michael Waldherr held on to the lead to win the ADAC Formula 4 Qualifying Race at Sachsenring. After acheiving a podium last round, a poor weekend may be saved as he proved to be the quickest car on track.
Behind Waldherr on the starting grid was Fabio Scherer. The Swiss driver was able to recover from a potentially disaterous race to finish seventh. An incident at the start saw him drop to back, pitting with damage.
Fortunetly for Scherer, a safety car bunched the field up, ensuring that he didn’t lose any time on the rest of the field. Over the course of the race, he disposed of a number of drivers, earning twenty-ninth position on the overall grid.
Part of this jump was because of a later incident involving Louis Gachot and Julian Hanses. Gachot had already been under investigation for a crash at the start with Michelle Halder, which had put the German out on the spot, bringing out the safety car.
With the threat of non-qualification looming, both were desperate not to finish behind the other. The desperation saw both cars take to the grass, dropping them behind the pack with Gachot emerging narrowly ahead.
Back at the front, Waldherr had broken away from the pack, setting the fastest lap overall and securing twenty third on the grid. Behind him, Lirim Zendeli jumped up from a provisional grid position of fourth, while the podium was rounded out by Oschersleben’s Qualifying Race winner, Luca Engstler, who put in a strong performance to hold off a six car train.