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Race Report


Circuit: Hockenheim (D), Length 4,574 km, 30th/01st/02nd October 2016

Fabio Scherer (CH), Kevin Kratz (D), Job van Uitert (NL), Diego Ciantini (ARG) and Giacomo Bianchi (CH)

Van Uitert shines at Hockenheim

The eighth and final race event featuring the German FIA ADAC Formula 4 Championship was held on the popular Hockenheimring circuit. There were 38 drivers signed on to start so there was a lot of excitement in the air. The races can be followed live on Sport1 tv and on the official website under Live Streaming.

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Friday, 30/09/2016, 13.55 – 14.40, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

This year the series regulations allow the splitting of the large field into two groups, with each group having a 20-minute qualifying session. The fastest lap time for each driver sets the grid for Race One and the second fastest lap time is used to set the starting positions for Race Two. The grid for Race Three is determined by the results of Race One, with the first ten finishers starting in reverse order.

Qualifying, Race One Grid
Group A
1st Joey Mawson (AUS) Van Amersvoort 1:40.656
2nd Juri Vips (EST) Prema 1:40.899
3rd Thomas Preining (AUT) Lechner 1:40.969
6th Job van Uitert (NL) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.345
9th Kevin Kratz (D) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.444
15. Giacomo Bianchi (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.867
Group B
1st Mike Ortmann (D) Mücke 1:40.529
2nd Kim Luis Schramm (D) US Racing 1:40.543
3rd Lirim Zendeli (D) Mücke 1:40.589
7th Fabio Scherer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.329
12th Diego Ciantini (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.796


Qualifying, Race Two Grid
Group A
1st Joey Mawson (AUS) Van Amersvoort 1:40.669
2nd Juri Vips (EST) Prema 1:41.034
3rd Thomas Preining (AUT) Lechner 1:41.057
6th Job van Uitert (NL) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.390
8th Kevin Kratz (D) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.511
14th Giacomo Bianchi (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.891
Group B
1st Kim Luis Schramm (D) US Racing 1:40.696
2nd Mike Ortmann (D) Mücke 1:40.782
3rd Lirim Zendeli (D) Mücke 1:40.701
8th Fabio Scherer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.546
11th Diego Ciantini (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.829
Qualification Results, Qualifying Race Grid
1st Louis Gachot (F) US Racing  
2nd Diego Ciantini (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport  
3rd Toni Wolf (D) KUG Motorsport  
6th Giacomo Bianchi (CH) Jenzer Motorsport  


FIA ADAC Formula 4 German Championship

Qualifying Race (20 minutes)

Saturday, 01/10/2016, 09.05, Weather: Overcast, 15°C

It had been raining over night and the track was still very wet in parts, and despite the rain having stopped all drivers opted for wet weather tyres. Diego made a super start and shot into the lead, while Giacomo lost a few places due to wheelspin. A few laps later a car got stuck in the gravel trap and the Safety Car had to be deployed. That shrank the distances between the cars and Diego lost his nice advantage. At the restart Diego outbraked himself and didn’t make a good exit from the corner. The others didn’t need to be asked twice and passed him, pushing Diego back to 5th place, the position he held to the finish line. Giacomo got into a rhythm and made up places to take the chequered flag in 9th place.

Results, Qualifying Race
1st Mick Schumacher (D) Prema 17:10.145  
2nd Toni Wolf (D) KUG Gap 1.998
3rd Juan Manuel Correa (USA) Prema Gap 3.313
5th Diego Ciantini (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
9th Giacomo Bianchi (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    


FIA ADAC Formula 4 German Championship

Race One (30 minutes)

Saturday, 01/10/2016, 12.00, Weather: Sunny, 20°C

The track had dried off enough for all drivers to opt for slick tyres. However, there were a few places where it was still slippery and they needed to watch out for that. Job started well and gained positions, setting a very good pace. He was soon in the top ten and managed to move up from 12th to 7th place. Fabio was not far behind him to start with and was already in 10th place when he and Esmeijer went into a corner side by side. Unfortunately they tangled and both lost several places. Fabio crossed the finish line in 23rd place as a result. Kevin, who was also heading for the top ten, was completely out of luck. Correa missed his braking point and shot straight into Kevin’s sidepod. Both spun off track and could only manage to limp back to the pit lane with damaged cars, a real shame. Diego started 26th position and was making massive progress up the order. It didn’t take him long to battle his way into the top 20, and he just kept on overtaking to reach the finish in a very good 15th place! Giacomo was on an equally good run and made up exactly the number of places as Diego, crossing the line in a good 19th place.

Race One Results
1st Joey Mawson (AUS) Van Amersvoort 30:42.243  
2nd Mike Ortmann (D) Mücke Gap 6.161
3rd Juri Vips (EST) Prema Gap 12.427
7th Job van Uitert (NL) Jenzer Motorsport    
15th Diego Ciantini (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
24. Fabio Scherer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Kevin Kratz (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Joey Mawson (AUS) in 1:41.154
Race Three Grid
1st Kim Luis Schramm (D) US Racing    
2nd Simo Laaksonen (FIN) Motopark    
3rd Kami Laliberte (MC) Van Amersfoort    
4th Job van Uitert (NL) Jenzer Motorsport    
15th Diego Ciantini (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
24th Fabio Scherer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
31st Kevin Kratz (D) Jenzer Motorsport    


FIA ADAC Formula 4 German Championship

Race Two (30 minutes)

Saturday, 01/10/2016, 15.35, Weather: Rain, 15°C

The race started with all the drivers on slick tyres, but soon rain began falling, and after two laps the race director red-flagged the race. The cars all stopped on the grid and most drivers changed to rain tyres. Because we counted on the remaining race time being between 20 and 25 minutes, Job and Fabio decided on a poker game and opted to stay on slicks. The Safety Car led the field for two laps and then we realized that the clock had not been stopped and there were only six minutes left of the race once the Safety Car came in. Soon there were several new incidents and the Safety Car was redeployed immediately. After two further laps behind the Safety Car is was only necessary to cross the finish line after it came back in. Job was 13th in the end while Fabio and Kevin were innocent bystanders involved in an incident. Diego crossed the finish line in 22nd position and Giacomo was right behind him in 23rd place. In total seven laps had been driven and the rain had stopped.

Race Two Results
1st Joey Mawson (AUS) Van Amersvoort 31:43.310  
2nd Thomas Preining (D) Lechner Gap 0.677
3rd Kami Laliberte (MC) Van Amersvoort Gap 0.921
13th Job van Uitert (NL) Jenzer Motorsport    
22nd Diego Ciantini (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
23rd Giacomo Bianchi (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
33rd Kevin Kratz (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Fabio Scherer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Joey Mawson (AUS) in 2:01.175


FIA ADAC Formula 4 German Championship

Race Three (30 minutes)

Sunday, 02/10/2016, 15.00, Weather: Cloudy, 20°C

The sun was shining again as the large field took to the track one last time. Job made a good start and came back in 6th place after the first lap. Diego, who had started from 15th, appeared in the pit lane with a flat tyre after tangling with another driver. The tyre was changed and Diego was sent back out to finish the race. Fabio started very well and was already 19th, while Giacomo, who had started from 19th, reappeared in 36th place after a very eventful first lap! Kevin made up several places and was 24th but then there was an accident and the Safety Car had to take over the field. The restart was given after two laps, but a few laps later there was another incident, and the Safety Car was deployed again. In the end there was enough time left for a one lap sprint to the line. Job was in an excellent 6th place after a battle for the position and he came home safely in that position. Diego and Giacomo had moved up place by place in the meantime with Diego finishing the race in 28th place just in front of Giacomo, who finished 29th. Kevin took the chequered flag in 31st and Fabio, who was unable to avoid a crash on the very last lap, was classified in 33rd place.

The 2nd season of the ADAC Formel 4 reached its conclusion. Australian Joey Mawson was crowned champion, with Mick Schumacher 2nd and Mike Ortmann 3rd.

We are already looking forward to the next season.

Race Three Results
1st Mick Schumacher (D) Prema 31:18.204  
2nd Kami Laliberte (MC) Van Amersvoort Gap 0.562
3rd Juri Vips (EST) Prema Gap 1.154
6th Job van Uitert (NL) Jenzer Motorsport    
28th Diego Ciantini (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
29th Giacomo Bianchi (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
31st Kevin Kratz (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
33. Fabio Scherer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Mick Schumacher (D) 1:41.903


Championship Final Standings

FIA ADAC Formula 4 German 2016 after 24 races:
1st Joey Mawson (AUS), 374 points; 2nd Mick Schumacher, 322 points; 3rd Mike Ortmann (D), 247 points; 4th Thomas Preining (A), 180.5 points; 5th Kim Luis Schramm (D), 176 points; 6th Juri Vips (EST), 138 points; 17th Fabio Scherer (CH), 26 points; 20th Job van Uitert (NL), 19 points; 24th Jan-Erik Meikup (EST), 6 points



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