Tim Tramnitz headed an 12-car turnout in ADAC Formula 4 free practice at Hockenheim on Friday.
Representative laptimes were only set in the afternoon session, 10 seconds faster than the morning’s.
Van Amersfoort Racing’s Joshua Dufek only completed an outlap in FP1 but was straight to the top in FP2, holding first place for the first 10 minutes until US Racing’s Alex Dunne set a 1m41.641s.
That kept him ahead for a minute before VAR’s points leader Ollie Bearman set a 1m41.313s, and after that there were no improvements for half of the session.
In the final four minutes the action geared up again, with Nikita Bedrin edging Bearman’s best by 0.004 seconds before Dufek knocked enough tenth off it a minute later.
Bearman returned to first place by posting the first sub-1m41s lap, and US Racing’s Tramnitz slotted into second place by 0.016s behind him. Tramnitz stayed out to set one more lap before the chequered flag was waved, and with 20s to go went 0.189s faster than Bearman to end the day’s running on top.
In the morning session there had been a red flag stoppage almost immediately, and laptimes were over the two-minute mark through the first half of the session with only half of the drivers having one on track.
R-ace GP’s Sami Meguetounif set a 1m58.686s with 10 minutes to go, and he brought that benchmark down into the 1m54s and then 1m53s before the end of the session. That put him over 1.2s clear of Bearman in second place, while R-ace team-mate Victor Bernier was third fastest.
The slowest driver overall across the two sessions was Italian F4 regular Levente Revesz, who will race this weekend with R-ace. Absent from the action were BWR Motorsports’ Taylor Barnard and VAR’s Bence Valint.
Free practice results
|1||Tim Tramnitz||US Racing||1m40.257s||22|
|2||Ollie Bearman||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m40.446s||+0.189s||28|
|3||Alex Dunne||US Racing||1m40.482s||+0.225s||21|
|4||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m40.951s||+0.694s||18|
|5||Victor Bernier||R-ace GP||1m41.048s||+0.791s||25|
|6||Luke Browning||US Racing||1m41.228s||+0.971s||21|
|7||Vlad Lomko||US Racing||1m41.279s||+1.022s||21|
|8||Nikita Bedrin||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m41.303s||+1.046s||27|
|9||Sami Meguetounif||R-ace GP||1m41.528s||+1.271s||25|
|10||Marcus Amand||R-ace GP||1m42.147s||+1.890s||25|
|11||Michael Sauter||Sauter Engineering+Design||1m42.624s||+2.367s||26|
|12||Levente Revesz||R-ace GP||1m42.967s||+2.710s||23|