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Taylor Barnard tops ADAC F4 practice at Nurburgring

by Ida Wood

Photo: ADAC

PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard and Nikita Bedrin topped ADAC Formula 4’s two free practice sessions at the Nurburgring on Friday.

Bedrin was fastest in the wet first session, which was shortened by just a handful of seconds as red flags came out just before the clock ran down to zero. It is believed Andrea Kimi Antonelli had an incident that caused the red flags.

Runaway points leader Antonelli had been the early pacesetter in FP1 ahead of Bedrin, with Prema team-mate James Wharton then spending time at the top after improving on his best laptime several times.

Barnard then came tot he fore with six minutes to go, breaking into the 1m37s, and remained in first place until the final minute-and-a-half when Bedrin set a new personal best of 1m37.867s.

That put him on top by 0.088 seconds, with Wharton 0.227s back in third and Jenzer Motorsport’s Rasmus Joutsimies in fourth.

FP2 began a few hours later in far better conditions, and Wharton was quick to establish himself at the top of the order ahead of Antonelli and PHM’s Jonas Ried.

It would be Barnard who would end up setting the pace though, a 1m27.658s putting him 0.076s ahead of Wharton.

Antonelli and Bedrin were third and fourth fastest, with Prema’s Charlie Wurz completing the top five.

The debuting Ugo Ugochukwu was initially towards the top but slid down to ninth place, 1.041s off the pace in his first outing with Prema.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing 1m27.658s 27
2 James Wharton Prema 1m27.725s +0.067s 31
3 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m27.889s +0.231s 30
4 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing 1m28.023s +0.365s 29
5 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m28.057s +0.399s 30
6 Rasmus Joutsimies Jenzer Motorsport 1m28.331s +0.673s 33
7 Valentin Kluss PHM Racing 1m28.556s +0.898s 31
8 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m28.615s +0.957s 27
9 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema 1m28.699s +1.041s 29
10 Jonas Ried PHM Racing 1m28.783s +1.125s 30
11 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.303s +1.645s 32
12 Samir Ben Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.450s +1.792s 29
13 Michael Sauter Sauter Engineering+Design 1m29.480s +1.822s 22