Oliver Bearman is unstoppable: the Brit clocked the fastest lap for the fourth time on Friday at CM.com Circuit Zandvoort to ensure he starts both race one and two from pole position.
Britain’s Oliver Bearman (16, Van Amersfoort Racing) dominated ADAC Formula 4 qualifying in Zandvoort, securing pole position for races four and five of the season on Saturday and Sunday. Bearman had been unbeatable in the free practice sessions, and the Van Amersfoort driver set the fastest lap time of 1:34.738 minutes in Q1, meaning he starts Saturday’s race (11:50) from the first place. Starting alongside Bearman on the front row of the grid will be Sebastian Montoya (16, Prema Powerteam). The Columbian was just 0.202 seconds off Bearman’s fastest time. ADAC Stiftung Sport driver Tim Tramnitz (16, Hamburg, US Racing) was third fastest (+ 0.392 seconds).
“I really hope that I can crown this great performance by winning the races on Saturday and Sunday. Claiming both pole positions today is a real success for me,” said a beaming Bearman after his top performance.
Places four to ten on the grid went, in this order, to Luke Browning (19, Great Britain, US Racing), Kirill Smal (16, Russia, Prema Powerteam), Vladislav Lomko (16, Russia, US Racing), Joshua Dufek (16, Switzerland, Van Amersfoort Racing), Bence Valint (16, Hungary, Van Amersfoort Racing), Victor Bernier (16, France, R-ace GP) and guest starter Luca Fornaroli (16, Italy, Iron Lynx).
In Q2, Bearman took advantage of perfect conditions to destroy his previous best – 1:34.407 was the fastest lap of the day and earned him pole position for race five of the season on Sunday (09:15). Bearman’s team-mate Joshua Dufek was 0.386 seconds slower and joins him on the front row. From a Van Amersfoort Racing perspective, this was a successful start to their home event. Starting behind the two Van Amersfoort drivers is Prema’s Kirill Smal (+ 0.416 seconds). Nikita Bedrin (15) also claimed a very good result for the Van Amersfoort team. The rookie was fourth fastest in Q4, making him the best of the newcomers. The Russian had previously qualified twelfth in the first session, again as the fastest rookie. Sebastian Montoya (16, Columbia, Prema Powerteam) and Victor Bernier (16, France, R-ace GP) follow in fifth and sixth place on the grid. Hamda Al Qubaisi (18, United Arab Emirates, Prema Powerteam) starts from seventh place on Sunday. The two US Racing team-mates Luke Browning (19, Great Britain) and Tim Tramnitz (16, Hamburg) will line up behind the young woman. Sami Meguetounif (16, France, R-ace GP) completes the top ten.
“I know it is going to be quite difficult to transfer today’s performance to tomorrow. I will have to concentrate on getting a good start, so that I can try to pull away at the front. I definitely come into the race with lots of confidence and am optimistic that I can get a good result,” said pole-sitter Bearman.
The grid positions for the first two races (Saturday, 11:50 and Sunday, 09:10) have now been determined. In the third and final race of the weekend, the top eight from race two start in reverse order on Sunday (13:45). The races are available live, free and exclusively at motorsport.tv and adac.de/motorsport.