16-year-old French teenager Victor Bernier showed his strong form again in the sprint to the end of the season by posting best time in the first ADAC Formula 4 practice session at Oschersleben. Driving for R-ace GP, the winner of a race at the Lausitzring, set a lap time of 1:39.802 minutes in wet conditions and was almost four tenths of a second faster than team-mate Kirill Smal. Tim Tramnitz from Hamburg, who secured the Rookie title ahead of time last week, came third just behind Smal.
The focus is on the fight for the championship at Oschersleben as the season reaches its climax. Four drivers could still win the title in theory, but it will probably all be decided in the scrap between Van Amersfoort’s two drivers, Jonny Edgar and Jak Crawford. British driver Edgar starts the weekend 23 points up on the American, Crawford. Both drivers were quite close together in FP1. Crawford came fourth, Edgar was fifth. Elias Seppänen, who is also still in with a chance, finished sixth.
Second practice is next up this Friday afternoon before drivers get down to the important business of qualifying on Saturday. Q1 will take place tomorrow morning at 08:00 CET and will be followed by Race 1 at 12 noon, which will not ultimately decide who becomes champion, however. And so, the title fight will go to the wire on Sunday with the two final races of the season at 09:25 and 14:55 CET.