Home Formula 4ADAC F4 Zendeli wins, Lawson pips Caldwell to second in Lausitz ADAC F4 race two

Zendeli wins, Lawson pips Caldwell to second in Lausitz ADAC F4 race two

by Bethonie Waring


Lirim Zendeli claimed a lights-to-flag victory in the second race at Lausitz to extend his lead at the top of the ADAC Formula 4 standings.

Zendeli was unchallenged in the first part of the race and managed a strong restart after a late safety car to finish 1.155s ahead of Liam Lawson.

His fifth victory of the season puts him 49.5 points ahead of Lawson in the championship standings.

Lawson?s trip to the podium was much less simple.

The race one winner fell behind Enzo Fittipaldi off the line. Fittipaldi put up a strong defence, allowing the top three to escape up the road, but Lawson eventually found a way past to take fourth.

He had already closed the gap to Olli Caldwell and Mick Wishofer when the safety car was brought out to neutralise the field.

Further back, Guanluca Petecof and Andre Estner had come together after Petecof tried to move up the inside of the Neuhauser Racing run car. Petecof was launched on to the top of Estner and they both ran into the gravel and out of the race.

The race restarted with just one lap remaining and Lawson made the most of the time. He passed Wishofer on the restart and ran side by side with Caldwell for multiple corners before putting the Brit behind him, although there was only 0.054s between them at the chequered flag.

Wishofer in turn attempted to challenge Caldwell over the line, but finished a tenth of a second behind the Prema driver.

After losing fourth to Lawson, Fittipaldi was left to defend against Charles Weerts and David Schumacher. Weerts managed to find a way through not long after Lawson, eventually finishing fifth, but Schumacher couldn?t make a move stick.

Fittipaldi took sixth, retaining third in the championship standings, ahead of Schumacher, Joey Alders, Lucas Alecco Roy, and Leon Kohler.