The American Jak Crawford lived up to the role of favourite following practice earlier and won the Pirelli Pole Position Award for the first ADAC Formula 4 race at the Nürburgring. The 15-year-old driver from Van Amersfoort Racing won through with a time of 1:42.103 minutes, just 0.020 seconds ahead of Germany's Joshua Dürksen (ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg eV). However, 16-year-old Dürksen has a five-place grid penalty in this round after the last race weekend at the Hockenheimring where he made contact with Crawford. As a result, he will start Friday's first race of the weekend at 3.05 CEST well down the field in seventh place.
Championship leader Jonny Edgar (Van Amersfoort Racing) will share the front row with Crawford. Francesco Pizzi likewise produced a strong performance for the Dutch outfit and is in third place on the grid. Qualifying for Race 2 will get under way on Friday morning at 8.10 CEST, after which the young trainees will commence the battle for points in the three races. The opening race on Friday afternoon will be followed by two more rounds on Saturday at 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.
The ADAC High-Speed Academy juniors produced plenty of exciting action as they first began to lock horns within the context of the ADAC Total 24-hour race. It was nip-and-tuck with the lead continually changing hands. And then, Dürksen set an exceptionally hot time only for Red Bull Junior Crawford to hit back again shortly before the end of the session and secure his third pole position of the season, his first since the Lausitzring season opener in early August when he set best time in both qualifying sessions.
Oliver Bearman (US Racing) will start the race at the Nürburgring from fourth on the grid followed by team-mate Tim Tramnitz, then Victor Bernier (R-ace GP). ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg eV have locked out the fourth row, as Josef Knopp (Czech Republic) in P8 will be next to Dürksen in seventh. Elias Seppänen from Finland will have to put the hammer down in the race. He is second in the championship, just twelve points behind Edgar, but only tenth on the grid next to Vladislav Lomko.