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Paul Aron steals victory, Dennis Hauger goes pointless in final ADAC F4 race at Red Bull Ring

by Elliot Wood

Paul Aron earned his first ADAC Formula 4 win a dramatic final race at the Red Bull Ring interrupted by several safety car periods.

Poleman Nicklas Krutten led right until the penultimate lap, when after fending off Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Dennis Hauger he ended up being nabbed by Prema’s Aron.

The Estonian then held on to win, as Hauger dropped down the order and then came into the pits with front wing damage. Having started down in eighth, Sauber junior Theo Pourchaire made steady progress until the closing laps of the race when he joined the battle for what was fourth.

He passed US Racing team-mate Arthur Leclerc and then Mucke Motorsport’s William Alatalo, leaving him ideally placed to benefit from Hauger’s poor fortune. The Norwegian had won the second race, but was demoted to 14th by a 30-second penalty. It was where the Red Bull junior then started the final race.

Leclerc passed Alatalo at the final corner of the race for fourth, with the latter then cutting across the third Sauber-backed car of Alessandro Ghiretti across the finish line to ensure he didn’t lose another place.

Ghiretti’s climb was the most impressive of the race, climbing from 24th on the grid to a points paying position within the first 10 laps, then briefly getting past Leclerc too in the frantic late battles.

Pre-race championship leader Roman Stanek finished seventh, dropping him behind Pourchaire and Krutten in the standings.

The battle for second initially took place between Prema’s Gianluca Petecof and Jenzer Motorsport’s Giorgio Carrara, until the pair collided at Turn 3. Carrara’s car ended up on top of Petecof, although both emerged unscathed, and their crash was the cause of the second safety car period. The two other occasions the safety car was called, it was for debris on the track.

 

Race results (17 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Paul Aron Prema 30m04.310s
2 Niklas Krutten Van Amersfoort Racing +0.641s
3 Theo Pourchaire US Racing +2.588s
4 Arthur Leclerc US Racing +2.830s
5 William Alatalo Mucke Motorsport +2.948s
6 Alessandro Ghiretti US Racing +3.039s
7 Roman Stanek US Racing +3.534s
8 Oliver Rasmussen Prema +3.975s
9 Jesse Salmenautio DRZ Benelli +4.606s
10 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +5.213s
11 Jonny Edgar Jenzer Motorsport +5.516s
12 Mikhail Belov R-ace GP +6.364s
13 Ido Cohen Van Amersfoort Racing +6.777s
14 Ivan Berets DRZ Benelli +7.125s
15 Roee Meyuhas Cram Motorsport +7.553s
16 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing +7.702s
17 Nico Gohler Mucke Motorsport +7.744s
18 Axel Gnos Jenzer Motorsport +8.208s
19 Lucas Alecco Roy Van Amersfoort Racing +10.796s
20 Joshua Durksen Mucke Motorsport +29.235s
21 Dennis Hauger Van Amersfoort Racing +1m07.793s
Ret Laszlo Toth R-ace GP
Ret Giorgio Carrara Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Gianluca Petecof Prema
Ret Alessandro Famularo Prema
Fastest lap: Roy, 1m32.439s

Championship Standings
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?Pourchaire 69? ?2?Krutten 69? ?3?Leclerc 62? ?4?Stanek 59? ?5?Aron 59? ?6?Ghiretti 48? ?7?Petecof 47? ?8?Alatalo 43? ?9?Hauger 40? ?10?Durksen 34