Driving for Van Amersfoort Racing, 16-year-old Jonny Edgar has now racked up a string of victories in the ADAC Formula 4. He won the second race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, taking his sixth win so far this season. The Red Bull Junior consigned team-mate Jak Crawford to second place and increased his overall lead on the American to 47 points. Third place went to Joshua Dürksen from ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg eV. The third round for the juniors from the ADAC High-Speed Academy is set to take place at the famous circuit in Styria later this afternoon (16.05 CEST). SPORT1 will broadcast the race on TV. Racing can also be watched online at adac.de/motorsport, the ADAC Formula 4 Facebook page, SPORT1.de and on YouTube.com/ADAC.
"It was an excellent race, and the car was really strong," said Edgar. As on the previous day, pole-sitter Edgar immediately asserted his lead from pole position while Crawford flew past Seppänen and up into second place. The two Van Amersfoort drivers quickly pulled out a lead on the rest of the field before the safety car was called out on track following a contact between French driver Victor Bernier and the Czech Josef Knopp.
"I was able to pull away on the restart, especially in the first two corners," said Edgar. "I managed to control the race from the front after that." To the rear of Edgar and Crawford, a magnificent scrap for third place between Elias Seppänen and Dürksen broke out, which the latter won as the race progressed. For quite a long time, British teenager Oliver Bearman was directly behind the two of them but had to serve a drive-through penalty for impeding the progress of another driver.
And so, fifth place went to Bernier after another strong showing following his excellent result yesterday when he was runner-up. ADAC Sports Foundation protégé Tim Tramnitz from US Racing booked P6 but was retrospectively handed a 30-second time penalty for a contact with Knopp and dropped out of the points.
As a result, the Russian Kirill Smal was classified sixth, followed by Vladislav Lomko, also from Russia, and the Mexican Erick Zuniga. As the grid will be reversed, Zuniga will be on pole in Race 3. Edgar will start out from eighth place but is apparently feeling very optimistic: "I hope to have a good opening lap. A podium would be great, but I think a win is not impossible either because my pace is really good compared to the others." Roee Meyuhas from Israel and Bearman secured the remaining points-scoring positions.