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Ferrari junior James Wharton picks up his first ADAC F4 win

by Ida Wood

Photo: ADAC

Prema’s Ferrari junior James Wharton claimed his first ADAC Formula 4 victory in the reversed grid Nurburgring race.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Rasmus Joutsimies started on pole, and defended off the line to keep his lead.

He had a fleet of Prema drivers behind him, and it was Wharton who would come through – from fourth on the grid – to demote him to second.

Conrad Laursen then followed after Joutsimies cut the final chicane while trying to hold on to position, and then PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard and Prema’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli did too.

Antonelli spent much of the racing trying to find a way past Barnard, and eventually he made a diving move down the inside at turn one for third place. Although it was not investigated, Antonelli then conceded the place back to Barnard and didn’t have enough time to reclaim it again.

Joutsimies finished a few seconds further behind in fifth, his best ADAC F4 result, and fellow front row man Ugo Ugochukwu was sixth.

Jenzer’s Samir Ben got into trouble again, this time copping a drive-through penalty that was converted into a 30s penalty post-race and dropped him from 11th to 12th in the results.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 James Wharton PHM Racing 21 laps
2 Conrad Laursen Prema +4.604s
3 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing +6.485s
4 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema +6.972s
5 Rasmus Joutsimies Jenzer Motorsport +8.767s
6 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema +10.045s
7 Charlie Wurz Prema +18.091s
8 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing +26.025s
9 Jonas Ried PHM Racing +26.295s
10 Michael Sauter Sauter Engineering+Design +32.434s
11 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Jenzer Motorsport +46.800s
12 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport +1m12.421s
Ret Valentin Kluss PHM Racing
Fastest lap: Wharton, 1m29.095s

Championship standings
Antonelli 253   2 Camara 155   3 Barnard 151   4 Laursen 129   5 Wurz 109   6 Wharton 104   7 Bedrin 95   8 Marcus Amand 48   9 Joutsimies 42   10 Ried 38