ADAC Formel 4 

ADAC Formel 4·2.11.2020

Tales from the Lausitzring paddock: Plenty of tense title drama at Lausitzring, boundless joy for Tramnitz

Title drama: The championship battle between Jonny Edgar and Jak Crawford is entering its final, decisive stages, and more dramatic chapters were added as the story unfolded at the Lausitzring, especially on Sunday. First, Crawford won Race 2 and reduced the gap to eleven points but was then forced to retire from the final race through no fault of his own, a result which could prove decisive as regards the title. Crawford is 23 points down on Edgar as he heads to Oschersleben for this weekend's grand finale. "I'll try to do my best in all three races and then it will be Jonny's results that decide the championship," he said.

Rookie joy: Tim Tramnitz was bouncing for joy. That was obvious even behind his mask. The ADAC Sports Foundation protégé had wrapped up the Best Rookie title during this penultimate race weekend of the season. Two second places in Sunday's tricky conditions were just a small example of his consistency over the season. "To have won the Rookie title now is just awesome. Many thanks to the team for doing a top job," he said.

Birthday boy: Elias Seppänen was greeted with a rousing chorus of 'Happy Birthday' on entering the team's tent on Saturday morning. It was the Finn's 17th birthday. However, the best present possible never materialised in the race. He started from pole position but came third after a Halloween race full of minor mishaps and moments of shock/horror, including a trip through the local greenery. But still, he was only mildly disappointed. "I think it could have gone better, but it was my mistake and the result is okay," said Seppänen.

Game of chance: Amazing scenes in the races - and that was due to the weather by and large. Rain fell continuously practically the whole weekend and it was only in the second race on Sunday morning that the young talents from the ADAC High-Speed Academy were able to race on slicks. The different track layout compared to the season opener in early August - the longer circuit configuration was used this time - was also a contributory factor. "I just tried to stay on track as best I could. It was really tough," said Edgar after the first race. He didn't quite succeed in the third round, but his spin was without any serious consequences.

King of the road in the wet: The battle for the title may have dominated proceedings somewhat, but nevertheless, Victor Bernier took centre stage at the Lausitzring. The 16-year-old French teenager was outstanding, especially in the wet, dominating practice on Friday and the third race on Sunday. He was runner-up in Saturday's rain-affected first race and was in a league of his own at times. It was only in qualifying that things didn't go perfectly for him, otherwise he might perhaps have swept the board with a hat-trick of wins.