Home Formula 4ADAC F4 Esmeijer claims double pole as HTP lock out Nurburgring qualifying

Esmeijer claims double pole as HTP lock out Nurburgring qualifying

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Gruppe C GmbH

Photo: Gruppe C GmbH

Dutch racer Janneau Esmeijer, who started the first ever ADAC F4 race from pole, is back to the head of the grid after topping qualifying at the Nurburgring.

Esmeijer starred in Group B, while his HTP teammate Marvin Dienst held on to the top spot in Group A to make up the front row.

Dienst prevailed in what was a close fight between himself and Mucke teammates Lando Norris and Robert Shwartzman, the trio way ahead of the rest of the group.

Both Norris and Shwartzman came within a tenth of Dienst, but couldn’t dethrone the HTP driver.

Jenzer’s Marek Bockmann was best of the rest in fourth, ahead of Mike David Ortmann, Harrison Newey and Nikolaj Rogivue – both Bockmann and Rogivue recording their personal best qualifying results in ADAC F4 in the process.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s debutant Kami Laliberte, of French F4 fame, was eighth in group, ahead of Job van Uitert and Benjamin Mazatis.

The fight for the Group B honours, meanwhile, did not seem confined to just a few names as there were several changes out front throughout.

Yet, eventually, Esmeijer moved to the top and then found extra pace to secure a surprisingly comfortable double pole.

David Beckmann was closest to challenging the Dutchman and will share row two with teammate Norris, while Prema’s Ralf Aron will line up on row three.

Championship leader Joel Eriksson was fourth in group, ahead of Mick Schumacher, Tim Zimmermann, points frontrunner Joseph Mawson and Prema’s newcomer Giuliano Raucci.

Motopark rookies Jonathan Cecotto and Michael Waldherr made up the top ten.

The first six spots on the grid will remain unchanged in race two, with Schumacher taking seventh ahead of Bockmann, Eriksson and Ortmann.

Qualifying results
Pos. Driver Group 1 Group 2
1 Janneau Esmeijer 1:27.587
2 Marvin Dienst 1:27.900
3 David Beckmann 1:27.838
4 Lando Norris 1:27.954
5 Ralf Aron 1:28.046
6 Robert Schwartzman 1:27.987
7 Joel Eriksson 1:28.152
8 Marek Bockmann 1:28.537
9 Mick Schumacher 1:28.196
10 Mike David Ortmann 1:28.566
11 Tim Zimmermann 1:28.229
12 Harrison Newey 1:28.787
13 Joey Mawson 1:28.292
14 Nikolaj Rogivue 1:28.836
15 Giuliano Raucci 1:28.375
16 Kami Laliberte 1:28.839
17 Jonathan Cecotto 1:28.448
18 Benjamin Mazatis 1:28.908
19 Michael Waldherr 1:28.537
20 Job van Uitert 1:28.909
21 Kim-Luis Schramm 1:28.541
22 Jannes Fittje 1:28.998
23 Jan Jonck 1:28.549
24 Nico Rindlisbacher 1:29.025
25 Toni Wolff 1:28.605
26 Cedric Piro 1:29.182
27 Jason Kremer 1:28.837
28 Mauro Auricchio 1:29.400
29 Moritz Muller-Crepon 1:28.997
30 Giorgio Maggi 1:29.487
31 Glenn Rupp 1:29.113
32 Luca Engstler 1:29.639
33 Carrie Schreiner 1:29.836
34 Robin Brezina 1:30.085
35 Marylin Niederhauser 1:30.933
36 Michelle Halder 1:30.652