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Antonelli nets ADAC F4 Hockenheim hat-trick with reversed-grid charge

by Ida Wood

Photo: ADAC

Andrea Kimi Antonelli completed a clean sweep of ADAC Formula 4 wins at Hockenheim by rising from eighth in the reversed-grid race.

His Prema team-mate Conrad Laursen started from the front but was passed by US Racing’s Marcus Amand on lap one while Antonelli moved up to sixth.

Antonelli picked off team-mate James Wharton on lap three and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Martinius Stenshorne on lap four before the safety car was summoned after Wharton’s own attempted pass on Stenshorne resulted in him losing his front wing and then crashing out while Stenshorne carefully made it back to the pits.

There was loads of fighting across the order on the restart, and Antonelli moved into second ahead of Laursen and PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard. Amand’s lead didn’t last much longer once Antonelli was in second, as he set fastest lap in his pursuit of him, passed him at turn two and then lowered the pace multiple times once ahead.

There was still almost half of the race to go, and Antonelli pulled out a 4.333-second lead over Amand to extend his championship lead with a fifth win from six races.

Barnard finished third, and Rafael Camara came home fourth for Prema.

PHM’s Jonas Ried kept it clean for fifth place, then behind him was several chaotic battles. Charlie Wurz and team-mate Laursen battled hard until Laursen locked up and ended up going off as drivers pressured him from behind, and remarkably Stenshorne and Jenzer Motorsport’s ALex Partyshev rose back up from 15th and 16th to finish seventh and eighth.

Laursen still held on for two points in ninth, and Brando Badoer came 10th. Michael Sauter defended that position for most of the race but eventually succumbed to pressure and went off on the last lap

Race result

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 16 laps
2 Marcus Amand US Racing +4.333s
3 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing +7.566s
4 Rafael Camara Prema +9.439s
5 Jonas Ried PHM Racing +12.211s
6 Charlie Wurz Prema +14.546s
7 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing +23.204s
8 Alex Partyshev Jenzer Motorsport +24.975s
9 Conrad Laursen Prema +27.038s
10 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing +27.314s
11 Jules Castro Van Amersfoort Racing +32.820s
12 Emmo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing +33.308s
13 Michael Sauter Sauter Engineering+Design +1m03.441s
14 Nikhil Bohra US Racing +1m37.812s
15 Arias Deukmedjian Van Amersfoort Racing +1 lap
16 Rasmus Joutsimies Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
Ret Chris Rosenkranz BWR Motorsports +
Ret James Wharton Prema
Ret Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing
Ret Alfio Spina BWR Motorsports
Ret Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport
Fastest lap: Antonelli, 1m43.555s

Championship standings
Antonelli 137   2 Camara 109   3 Barnard 58   4 Amand 46   5 Wurz 46   6 Laursen 39   7 Bedrin 35   8 Kacper Sztuka 30   9 Ried 28   10 Wharton 27