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Dunne fastest in practice for ADAC F4 finale as debutants boost grid

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: ADAC

Alex Dunne maintained his recent pace by setting fastest time for US Racing in ADAC Formula 4 practice at the Nurburgring.

The Irish teenager, who took two poles at the most recent round at Hockenheim, posted a time on his final lap 0.17 seconds faster than championship leader, Ollie Bearman, from Van Amersfoort Racing.

With the lack of daylight hours limiting competitors to a single 30-minute practice session for the season-ending event, the teams were quickly out on track despite the cold morning temperatures and wet track.

Times tumbled rapidly once running had resumed after an early red flag, as US Racing pair Luke Browning and Tim Tramnitz traded fastest times, with Browning posting fastest sector times in the first two sectors.

With red flags interrupting the session for a second time, the fastest times were set in the final four minutes once green flag running resumed.

Bearman jumped to second on his final lap, with Victor Bernier setting the third-fastest time for R-ace GP.

Browning was unable to match his earlier pace, finishing fourth, ahead of Joshua Dufek (VAR). Browning, along with Nikita Bedrin, are, however, being investigated for red flag infringements.

Tramnitz, who is seeking to overturn a 23-point deficit to Bearman in the championship, was one of the few drivers not to improve as the track dried and had to settle for seventh.

The field has been swelled by entries for four series debutants, as well as the reappearance of BWR Motorsport for the first time since Hockenheim in September.

BWR’s regular driver Taylor Barnard recorded the sixth-fastest time, 1.19s down on Dunne. A second car entered for the event for Alfio Andrea Spina – who came 13th in the CIK-FIA European karting championship in the OK class this year after claiming WSK titles at junior level in 2020 – did not make an appearance in the session.

VAR brought additional cars for Marcos Flack, 11th in this year’s British F4 championship, and Robert de Haan, who made his F4 debut for the team at Monza last weekend. De Haan set an impressive time to finish the session as second-fastest rookie and in ninth place overall.

Singaporean karter Nikhil Bohra replaced Levente Revesz in the fourth R-ace GP entry and was 15th and last of the runners, 5.2s adrift of Dunne.

Practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alex Dunne US Racing 1m36.133s 12
2 Ollie Bearman Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.303s +0.170s 13
3 Victor Bernier R-ace GP 1m36.551s +0.418s 12
4 Luke Browning US Racing 1m36.885s +0.752s 13
5 Josh Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m37.210s +1.077s 11
6 Taylor Barnard BWR Motorsport 1m37.322s +1.189s 11
7 Tim Tramnitz US Racing 1m37.654s +1.521s 11
8 Vlad Lomko US Racing 1m37.728s +1.595s 13
9 Robert de Haan Van Amersfoort Racing 1m37.902s +1.769s 12
10 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing 1m38.025s +1.892s 13
11 Sami Meguetounif R-ace GP 1m38.379s +2.246s 11
12 Michael Sauter Sauter Engineering + Design 1m38.647s +2.514s 13
13 Marcus Amand R-ace GP 1m39.161s +3.028s 13
14 Marcos Flack Van Amersfoort Racing 1m39.392s +3.259s 11
15 Nikhil Bohra R-ace GP 1m41.298s +5.165s 8