American driver Jak Crawford from Van Amersfoort Racing set the fastest time at the Nürburgring in practice for the ADAC Formula 4, and as a result, is now favourite to secure pole in qualifying later today. He went into the top position overall on the timesheets for the two sessions this Thursday morning with a time of 1:42.439 minutes and was 0.167 seconds faster than team-mate Francesco Pizzi. Championship leader Jonny Edgar completed a strong set of results for the Dutch outfit by coming home in third place behind Germany’s Joshua Dürksen (ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg eV). Qualifying for Race 1 starts just a few hours later today at 11.35 CEST.
The young talents from the ADAC High-Speed Academy are racing this weekend in the Eifel within the context of the legendary ADAC Total 24-hour race. They will have to familiarise themselves with a different track layout, however, as they will be using the same configuration of the grand prix circuit that the ace drivers competing in the 24-hour race will be driving on and not the one from the ADAC GT Masters race weekend earlier in August. The Dunlop Hairpin and Michael Schumacher 'S' bend now form an integral part of the layout.
Times in FP2 tumbled as drivers got to know a circuit, with which they had been unfamiliar and the track also got faster. Ten drivers in second practice were faster than they had been in the first session. Drivers improved consistently, especially in the closing stages, and Crawford ultimately set best time. Two of the competitors who won at Hockenheim, Victor Bernier (R-ace GP) and Oliver Bearman from championship-winning team, US Racing, slotted into place behind Edgar. Josef Knopp (ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg eV) and ADAC Sports Foundation protégé, Tim Tramnitz, were also within a second of best time. Elias Seppänen is Edgar's main rival in the fight for the title with a twelve-point deficit and took P9 from Vladislav Lomko.
The first race of the weekend will take place this Friday afternoon (3.05 CEST) to be followed by the other two rounds on Sunday (8.25 and 1.10 CEST). SPORT1 and SPORT1+ will broadcast the races on TV. Racing can also be watched online as live stream at adac.de/motorsport, SPORT1.de, YouTube.com/ADAC and on the ADAC Formula 4 Facebook page.