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Gabriele Mini gets pole on ADAC F4 debut at Nurburgring

by Peter Allen

Photo: ADAC

Gabriele Mini claimed pole position for his first ADAC Formula 4 race at the Nurburgring, sharing the honours with Red Bull junior Jonny Edgar.

By topping the first qualifying session, Mini repeated the feat he achieved on his single-seater debut in the Italian F4 opener at Misano two weeks ago, when he and his Prema team-mates missed the start of the German-based championship.

The Sicilian protege of Nicolas Todt grabbed pole on his final lap by 0.095 seconds over his fellow 15-year-old, Van Amersfoort Racing’s Red Bull junior Jak Crawford.

Prema-run Ferrari junior Dino Beganovic edged out US Racing driver Elias Seppanen for third, with Joshua Duerksen fifth for Mucke Motorsport.

The third Prema driver Sebastian Montoya took seventh, setting an identical time to sixth-placed Vlad Lomko (US).

Championship leader and practice pacesetter Edgar, who won twice at the Lausitzring opener, only managed eighth in the first session but topped the second to take pole for race two.

Edgar was 0.143s faster than Seppanen, who shaded Mini by 0.016s to get a place on the front row. Crawford took fourth in front of Beganovic and the only German in the field, Tim Tramnitz.

Francesco Pizzi, who like Mini took a win at Misano, qualified 11th and seventh in the third VAR car.

Qualifying round-up
Race 1 grid
1 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m27.832s
2 Jak Crawford Van Amersfoort Racing +0.095s
3 Dino Beganovic Prema +0.117s
4 Elias Seppanen US Racing +0.127s
5 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport +0.156s
6 Vlad Lomko US Racing +0.191s
7 Sebastian Montoya Prema +0.191s
8 Jonny Edgar Van Amersfoort Racing +0.223s
9 Ollie Bearman US Racing +0.234s
10 Victor Bernier R-ace GP +0.375s

Race 2 grid
1 Edgar 1m27.515s
2 Seppanen +0.143s
3 Mini +0.159s
4 Crawford +0.223s
5 Beganovic +0.254s
6 Tim Tramnitz +0.336s
7 Francesco Pizzi +0.409s
8 Lomko +0.586s
9 Montoya +0.643s
10 Bernier +0.662s