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Seven race weekends under banner of ADAC GT Masters/DTM and One leg of campaign to take place at Austria’s Red Bull Ring.

The calendar for the fourth season of the ADAC Formula 4 has now been finalised. Seven meetings, featuring 21 races in all, will be staged under the banner of the ADAC GT Masters and the DTM. The juniors will race five times within the context of the ADAC GT Masters and twice as part of the DTM.

The season will kick off on the weekend of 13th - 15th April at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben where official pre-season testing will also take place from 26th - 28th March. Once again in 2018, SPORT1 free-to-air TV station will broadcast all ADAC Formula 4 races on television.

After the start of the season in Oschersleben, the ADAC high-speed academy will head to the Hockenheimring for the opening round of the DTM season (4th - 6th May) and then to the Lausitzring (18th - 20th May) where they will again race alongside the DTM.

This will be followed by the meeting in Austria from 8th - 10th June at the Red Bull Ring. Races 13, 14 and 15 will take place at the Nürburgring from 3rd - 5th August on the first weekend in August.

The penultimate meeting of the season will be staged at the Sachsenring (7th - 9th September) before drivers and teams head off to the Hockenheimring for the traditional grand finale (21st - 23rd September) where the successor to last season’s ADAC Formula 4 championship winner, Juri Vips (17, Estonia, Prema Powerteam), will be crowned.

Calendar for the 2018 ADAC Formula 4

13/04/18 –15/04/18 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
04/05/18 –06/05/18 Hockenheimring (with DTM)
18/05/18 –20/05/18 Lausitzring (with DTM)
08/06/18 –10/06/18 Red Bull Ring Spielberg/AUT
03/08/18 –05/08/18 Nürburgring
07/09/18 –09/09/18 Sachsenring
21/09/18 –23/09/18 Hockenheimring

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Oscar Piastri was once again back at the front in the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost meeting at Silverstone.

The 16-year-old Aussie single-seater ace dominated qualifying, recording his third double pole of the season by a staggering 0.2s and 0.4s on the short Silverstone National circuit layout.

He then went on to take the HP Tuners backed Arden Motorsport car to podium positions in every race, including another lights to flag win in Sunday’s feature race, bringing his tally to 6 wins and 15 podiums for the season.

“It was great to get back to the front again after the nightmare of Rockingham. The car, the engine and the team performed flawlessly”, said Piastri.

“Race one didn’t quite go to plan as there was some confusion about being allowed to do burnouts to heat the rear tyres on the formation lap. Being the pole man, I thought I followed the briefing instructions correctly and my rear tyres were very cold on the line which gave me a lot of wheelspin. I lost one place in the opening lap and was under a lot of pressure until my tyres came up to temperature.

“When the rain came in the last couple of laps, Jamie Caroline sent it up the inside and spun right in front of me which let York through into second place. I still managed P3 which was less than I wanted, but a podium nonetheless.”

The reverse grid race saw Piastri start in P6 and gain three places to finish on the podium again in third after working through some traffic and avoiding an incident.

“The reverse grid races are tough. The front two rows always put their new tyres on giving them a speed advantage for most of the race. Also, there’s usually a higher risk of contact amongst out of position cars in the first few laps and you need to be careful where you position the car.”

Sundays feature race was all Piastri, starting from pole and driving away from the rest of the field to win by almost 4 seconds.

“Race three was perfect. I got a great start and got into a rhythm early. I didn’t really feel challenged at all by Jamie so I was able to build a gap and keep pulling away during the whole race. The car speed is a real credit to the team, the close analysis of the data and video, and the work we’ve done in testing during the year.”

“I’ve outscored Jamie at every round since Oulton Park, except for Rockingham, so I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made in my first real season in cars and on these tracks I’ve never raced on before. We’re all really happy that we will take the fight to the last round of the championship at Brands Hatch GP.”

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At the home of the Fomula 1 British Grand Prix, Lebanon’s Karl Massaad enjoyed one of his most consistent weekends of the year as the British F4 went to Silverstone.

On a shorter layout than that used by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel earlier in the year, Karl still enjoyed some of the great corners including the high-speed Copse and the technical Brooklands and Luffield section.

The weekend began in mixed conditions on Friday with a dry morning and wet afternoon providing the chance for Massaad to gain some more experience.

11th and 8th in the two sessions certainly provided a good platform from which to move forward when the action got serious at Saturday.

And move forward the birthday boy as the newly turned 19-year-old talent took seventh on the grid for Race 1 later that day, the highest of the Double R Racing drivers.

Sadly a few errors, some storming recoveries and the lottery of a late rain storm all conspired against Massaad as he dropped just outside the points in 11th but was eager to make up for it on Sunday.

And that he would do in Race 2 producing a number of excellent overtakes in tricky conditions and running at a strong pace just shy of those at the front.

The payback for his hard work would be a gain of five places to claim sixth and more points for the Beirut-born racer.

Race 3 saw the second best times from qualifying form the grid as Karl lined up ninth with the aim of one more strong race to complete the weekend.

Despite a few hairy moments early, he was soon back on the overtaking trail moving up the order to as high as sixth once again. Unfortunately he would lose out to his charging teammate Lindus Lundqvist towards the end but still seventh place wrapped up a consistent and fun day’s racing.

“I learnt a lot from this weekend,” Karl commented later. “The weather was so variable it made the conditions difficult at times, especially on slicks in the heavy rain in Race 2!

“But I’m quite happy with how I coped with that and then today I really enjoyed the chance to pass plenty of cars and gain some good positions in both races.

“After the incidents at Rockingham, it was also good to have a clean weekend with no problems but the small errors from Race 1 were still frustrating.

“Time to end the year where it began at Brands Hatch. I’ll be going back there with more experience and more knowledge. Let’s end the season on a high!”

The final three races of Karl’s first season in British F4 will take place on the high-speed Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch on the weekend of Sept 29 – Oct 1.

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Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline secured two more podium finishes at Silverstone to maintain his lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The rapid teenager went into the penultimate meeting of the season knowing that he could wrap up the title if results were to go his way, and he started the weekend with sixth place on the grid in a tightly-fought qualifying session on Saturday morning.

Jumping up to fourth on the opening lap of race one, Jamie would spend the full 20 minute encounter battling for the podium positions but a late spin as rain started to fall meant he had to settle for fourth spot.

Starting fifth in race two on Sunday, Jamie made a lightning start in his Carlin-run car to rocket into the lead on the run to turn one and pulled out a slender lead through the opening laps.

A small error allowed team-mate Logan Sargeant to close in and make a move for the lead mid-way through, although second place for Jamie allowed him to outscore his main title rival Oscar Piastri.

Jamie would then repeat that result in the final race of the weekend as he followed Piastri home for his 15th podium of the campaign and he now takes a 67.5 point lead into the final races of the season – with a maximum of 75 still available.

“The team continues to give me a great car but we’re struggling for straight line speed through no fault of our own and at a power circuit like Silverstone, that’s always going to make it hard,” he said.

“It would have been good to pick up a victory and wrap up the title up this weekend but it wasn’t to be. I’m still in the best position going to Brands Hatch and have the points on the board, although I’m not going to be taking anything for granted going into the final rounds as anything could happen.

“This weekend could have been better but it could also have been a lot worse. Brands Hatch is a circuit where I’ve always gone well in the past and hopefully that will be the same in a few weeks time.”

 

         

 

 

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