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Barnard tops ADAC F4 test as Partyshev replaces Bhirombhakdi

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard set the pace in ADAC Formula 4’s pre-event Thursday test session at Hockenheim.

Prema’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli was on the top of the times after 24 minutes of the four-hour session, by a slim 0.064 seconds over Barnard’s team-mate Nikita Bedrin, but after that it was Barnard who set the pace.

He usurpsed Antonelli with a 1m42.682s lap, putting him ahead by 0.903s, and knocked off another two tenths with the laps he set in the 10 minutes after while Antonelli could only improve by two tenths himself.

The track began to become quieter at the end of the first hour, and the only change in the top five during the second hour was US Racing’s Marcus Amand rising to fourth while Antonelli broke into the 1m42s to sit 0.349s behind Barnard.

Almost everyone spent the third hour in the pits, although at the very start of it there was a flurry of improvements. Barnard set a 1m42.212s lap that would stand as the session’s fastest, Antonelli also found more pace, and Prema team-mate Rafael Camara and Bedrin joined them in the 1m42s.

James Wharton rose to third with one-and-a-half hours to go in the third Prema entry, and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Martinius Stenshorne went fourth as little occurred on track again.

Camara was 0.003s slower than Stenshorne, but Prema sent its drivers out again in the final hour and they lowered their pace. Antonelli and Camara ended up within two tenths of Barnard in second and third.

Prema and VAR told Formula Scout that so far they are only committed to Hockenheim and next month’s Zandvoort round so far, with VAR’s further participation to be influenced by if it is fighting for titles.

Samir Ben made his belated first appearance of 2022, having missed round one due to his car not being ready in time, and he missed the test session’s first half too. One of his intended full-time team-mates, Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi, was absent due to a positive COVID-19 test and his seat for this weekend’s races has been taken by Alex Partyshev.

US Racing was without Kacper Sztuka, whose primary programme with the team is Italian F4.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing 1m42.212s 50
2 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m42.364s +0.152s 66
3 Rafael Camara Prema 1m42.406s +0.194s 62
4 James Wharton Prema 1m42.786s +0.574s 66
5 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing 1m42.800s +0.588s 60
6 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing 1m42.800s +0.588s 46
7 Marcus Amand US Racing 1m42.812s +0.600s 73
8 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m43.097s +0.885s 65
9 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.166s +0.954s 61
10 Valentin Kluss PHM Racing 1m43.408s +1.196s 51
11 Arias Deukmedjian Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.466s +1.254s 55
12 Emmo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.503s +1.291s 59
13 Jonas Ried PHM Racing 1m43.546s +1.334s 61
14 Nikhil Bohra US Racing 1m43.653s +1.441s 69
15 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m43.669s +1.457s 65
17 Alfio Spina BWR Motorsports 1m43.708s +1.496s 62
17 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 1m43.715s +1.503s 57
18 Jules Castro Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.956s +1.744s 56
19 Alex Partyshev Jenzer Motorsport 1m43.995s +1.783s 65
20 Ramus Joutsimies Jenzer Motorsport 1m43.998s +1.786s 66
21 Chris Rosenkranz BWR Motorsports 1m44.070s +1.858s 53
22 Michael Sauter Sauter Engineering+Design 1m44.459s +2.247s 59