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Race Report

FIA FORMULA 4
ADAC GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP, Rounds 7/8/9

Circuit: Zandvoort (NL), Length 4,259 km, 24th/25th/26th June 2022
www.circuitzandvoort.nl

JENZER MOTORSPORT 2022:
Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN), Samir Ben (CH), Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA)

Joutsimies with points in Zandvoort ( TO )

The third of six race events featuring the 2022 FIA F4 ADAC German Championship took place on the demanding Dutch Grand Prix Track at Zandvoort. There were 19 drivers on the entry list.

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Qualifying

Saturday, 25/06/2022, 08.15 – 08.50, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

According to the regulations, there are two 30-minute free practice sessions per race and two 15-minute qualifying sessions, which are held with a short 10-minute break in between. The fastest time per driver from the first session counts for the starting grid of the 1st race, the fastest time per driver from the second session counts for the starting grid for the 2nd race. The 3rd race will start in the same way as the 2nd race ended, but with the eight drivers in reverse order. The three races each have a length of 30 minutes.

Results Quali 1, Race One grid
1st Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 1.36.456
2nd Rafael Camara (ITA) Prema 1.36.992
3rd James Wharton (AUS) PPrema 1.37.176
12th Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.396
14th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.131
20th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.299

 

Results Quali 2, Race Two grid
1st Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 1.35.761
2nd Rafael Camara (ITA) Prema 1.36.084
3rd Charlie Wurz (A) Prema 1.36.212
12th Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN) Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.271
16th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.830
19th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.962

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Race One (30 minutes)

Saturday, 25/06/2022, 15.35, Weather: Cloudy, 19°C

On Saturday afternoon, with the sun now shining over the circuit, the 19 drivers met on grid for what turned out to be a tough first race of the weekend. When the lights went out at the start, Rasmus got underway well from 12th position. The Finnish driver got under pressure as the group approached the first corner, but Rasmus was able to defend his place. Behind him, Nandhavud and Samir were also in the battle for positions in 14th and 16th place respectively. Already by the end of the first lap, a Safety Car had to be deployed as a competitor went off track and ended in the gravel trap. The interruption didn’t last long and soon the race continued. As our drivers were trying to catch up with the ones in front, there was a hairy moment when Samir and Nandhavud collided together. Luckily they were able to rejoin the race, but they both dropped down the order and had to rebuild their race. Overtaking was a challenging task. Rasmus brought home a great 12th place. When the checkered flag was waved Samir saw it in 15th place, with Nandhavud right behind in 16th.

Race One Results
1st Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 31:17.591  
2nd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema Gap 5.817
3rd Conrad Laursen (DK) Prema Gap 11.994
12th Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN) Jenzer Motorsport    
15th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
16th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Andrea Kimi Antonelli (I) 1:36.590

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Race Two (30 minutes)

Sunday, 26/06/2022, 09.20, Weather: Overcast, 17°C

On Sunday morning, the second race of the weekend got underway in Zandvoort. Starting from 12th place on the grid, Rasmus unfortunately made contact in the opening lap and immediately had to visit the pits for a quick front wing change. In the meanwhile, another unfortunate moment happened as Samir and Nandhavud touched when the Swiss driver tried to overtake Nandhavud, leaving the Thai driver with a broken rear suspension. The race was over for Nandhavud, while a Safety Car had to be deployed to clear the track. Taking advantage of this first safety car phase, Rasmus rejoined the group in 16th position, with Samir in 18th place. The race got underway again, but soon another Safety Car had to be deployed as another driver found himself beached in the gravel. Both our drivers took advantage of the restart and tried to recover as many places as possible. Putting on a good recovery performance, Rasmus took the finish line in 12th place with Samir not far behind in 15th position.

Race Two Results
1st Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 30:45.328  
2nd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema Gap 2.770
3rd Charlie Wurz (A) Prema Gap 3.811
12th Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN) Jenzer Motorsport    
15th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA) 1:36.926

 

Race Three grid
1st Emerson Fittipaldi jr. (BRA) Van Amersfoort  
2nd Conrad Laursen (DK) Prema  
3rd Taylor Barnard (GB) PHM  
12th Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN) Jenzer Motorsport  
15th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport  
19th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport  

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Race Three (30 minutes)

Sunday, 26/06/2022, 16.30, Weather: Cloudy, 20°C

The last race of the weekend got underway on Sunday afternoon, with the 19 drivers ready for an action packed race. From the 12th spot on the grid, Rasmus didn't manage a smooth start and lost a position in the opening lap. The Finnish driver didn't give up and kept fighting. Taking advantage of two safety car restarts, Rasmus picked his way through and climbed up the order to cross the line in a very positive 9th place, taking points and 4th place rookie. When the lights went out at the start, Samir started well and managed to keep his position. The Swiss driver kept it clean during the race and fought hard to eventually cross the line in 12th place. Unfortunately, it was another tricky race for Nandhavud as the Thai driver was forced to return to the pits and retire his car following two accidents on track.

The next race meeting in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship is planned to take place in 6 weeks’ time, on the weekend of 7th August 2022 at the Nürburgring (D).

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Race Three Results
1st Conrad Laursen (DK) Prema 30:53.729  
2nd Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema Gap 0.058
3rd Charlie Wurz (A) Prema Gap 0.451
9th Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN) Jenzer Motorsport    
12th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: James Wharton (AUS) 1:36.926

Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN)

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Samir Ben (CH)

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Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA)

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Championship Standings

FIA ADAC Formula 4 German 2022 after 9 races out of 18:
1st Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA), 205 points; 2nd Rafael Camara (BRA), 155 points; 3rd Conrad Laursen (DK), 93 points; 4th Taylor Barnard (GBR), 86 points; 5th Charlie Wurz (AUT), 81 points; 6th Nikita Bedrin (RUS), 61 points; 11th Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN), 20 points; 16th Samir Ben (CH), 3 point

Rookie-Standings:
1st Rafael Camara (BRA), 215 points; 2nd Rasmus Joutsimies (FIN), 107 points; 3rd James Wharton (AUS), 101 points; 10th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA), 30 points

2022 FIA F4 ADAC German Championship

22/23/24 April Spa (B)  
13/14/15 May Hockenheim (D)  
24/25/26 June Zandvoort (D)  
05/06/07 August Nürburgring (D)  
19/20/21 August Lausitzring (D)  
14/15/16 September Nürburgring (D)  

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