Laursen wins the heated Formula 4 finale at Zandvoort

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Premiere for Conrad Laursen from the Prema Racing Team: The Dane celebrated his first victory at the Circuit Zandvoort in the ninth race of the ADAC Formula 4 season as part of the ADAC GT Masters.

Andrea Kimi Antonelli (15, Prema Racing) and Charlie Wurz (17, Prema Racing) from Austria completed the podium. In the morning, the Italian Antonelli celebrated his seventh win of the season, while Rafael Camara (17, BRA/Prema Racing) and Wurz took second and third place.

“I’m overjoyed and really happy about the victory. Especially because Kimi put a lot of pressure on the last laps. The tires were pretty bad and I lost time as a result, but I was able to save first place over the finish line,” he explained 16 year old.

Two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and former Ferrari driver Luca Badoer provided Formula 1 flair. Their sons, Emerson Fittipaldi Jr. (15/BRA) and Brando Badoer (15/ITA), are driving for the Dutch team of Van Amersfoort Racing this season. Wurz also counted on the support of his father, former Formula 1 driver Alex Wurz.

Safety car asked twice early on

Drivers from 14 different nations completed the race on Sunday morning under cloudy skies and temperatures of 17 degrees Celsius. Antonelli got off to a good start as pole setter on the 4.259-kilometre Formula 1 circuit and defended first place from Camara. The safety car deployed twice in the first six laps, but the Mercedes junior was wide awake at the restarts. During the 30-minute race, Antonelli gradually extended his lead and crossed the finish line first, ahead of Camara and Wurz. Australia’s James Wharton (15, Prema Racing) was fourth, with Nikita Bedrin (16, ITA, PHM Racing) completing the top five.

In the ninth round of the season, the reverse grid rule created additional tension. The top eight from the previous race started in reverse order, so Fittipaldi jr. started the race from pole position for the first time. In sunshine and temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius, he initially defended his lead, but Laursen started the decisive maneuver after only a few corners.

Behind them there was a spectacular fight for the remaining places on the podium. Antonelli started the race from eighth place and fought a thrilling duel with Laursen on the final lap. However, the championship leader couldn’t find a way past and finished the race just 0.058 seconds behind Laursen. “I was very close to my third victory, but pushed a little too little in the first part of the race. I tried to overtake Conrad, but I didn’t want to take any more risks. Second place is a great way to end the weekend,” analyzed Antonelli. With 205 points, Antonelli leads the championship and is therefore the half-time champion.

Wurz is on the podium for the third time

Wurz saw the checkered flag in third place and at the same time was happy about his third podium finish of the current season. “That was a great race, I really enjoyed it. I sometimes took a big risk during the overtaking manoeuvres, but it paid off in the end. All in all, the day with the two third places was great,” said Wurz, beaming with joy.

Taylor Barnard (18, PHM Racing) parked his 180 hp Formula 4 car in fourth place. Camara lined up behind the Briton on the demanding race track in the dunes. The winner from Spa-Francorchamps was also the best driver in the rookie classification. Wharton, Bedrin and Martinius Stenshorne (16/NOR/Van Amersfoort Racing) followed behind the Ferrari Driver Academy driver. The Finn Rasmus Joutsimies (19, GER) achieved his best result of the season in ninth place, Fittipaldi jr. finished tenth.

The next race weekend will again be held by the ADAC Highspeed School as part of the German GT Championship. From August 5th to 7th, the fourth stop of the season will take place at the traditional Nürburgring in the Eifel.

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