Drugovich Takes Championship Initiative with Race Two Win

by Connor Jackson

Taking the lead early on, it was Felipe Drugovich who recorded his second win of the season, thus moving into the lead of the ADAC Formula 4 Championship. The Brazilian becomes the first driver to win more than one race this year, surviving the two safety cars periods around the Red Bull Ring.

Polesitter Marcus Armstrong would make a strong start, but ran Jonathan Aberdein wide at turn two as the South African challenged him for the lead, dropping them into the pack. The move handed the lead to Drugovich.

Five minutes in, Andreas Estner became the first major casualty of the race, bringing out the safety car due to his crash at the top of the hill with Louis Gachot.

The restart was not much better with Job van Uitert and three Motopark cars becoming further victims of the tight racing.

Drugovich led the field away for the second restart, once again pulling away as Juan Manuel Correa frantically held off the recovering Armstrong and Aberdein. Behind them, Kami Laliberte and Juri Vips continued their quiet affair in fifth and sixth, by slowly catching the leaders with Michael Waldherr just behind.

As the race drew to a close, all attention switched to the battle for third as Armstrong’s tyres started to wear. Aberdein and Vips were the first to pressure with a queue of six soon forming.

Van Amersfoort Racing‘s Drugovich would eventually cruise home to take his second win of the year, the first driver to win more than one event. Correa and Armstrong would join him on the podium with Aberdein leading Vips, Waldherr and Laliberte completing the top seven.

A mediocre Saturday was made slightly better for Nicklas Nielsen with more points in eighth, while teammates Fabio Scherer and Julian Hanses rounded out the top ten and the queue from third.

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