THREE MORE PODIUMS FOR MUCKE DRIVER

The fourth ADAC Formula 4 race weekend at the Lausitzring had a nail-biting conclusion. Marvin Dienst (18, GER, HTP Juniorteam) secured the victory on the last lap of a race which had the lot in terms of thrills and spills. Joey Mawson (19, AUS, Van Amersfoort Racing) looked for a long time to have the race sewn up but ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot. Robert Shwartzman (15, RUS, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) continued his impressive run with a sixth successive podium. A ninth-place finish for Joel Eriksson (17, SWE, Motopark) was enough to confirm him as 'halftime champion' at this midway point in the season.

"I had expected more from this weekend after securing two pole positions, so this victory is a nice way to round it off," said Dienst after notching up his third win of the season in the ADAC High Speed Academy.

Thrills galore on the final lap

The HTP Juniorteam youngster moved up into third place behind race leader Mawson and pursuer Shwartzman on the fourth-to-last lap. After a safety car period, the last of the three races at the Lausitzring was opened up for the 20th and final round. As Shwartzman and Mawson battled for the lead on the first corner, the Van Amersfoort Racing driver had to briefly veer off onto the grass. Dienst used the opportunity to take the lead. Mawson managed to defend second place ahead of the pursuing Shwartzman through to the finish line.

Had Mawson taken the victory, he would also have come away with the first halftime championship in the history of ADAC Formula 4. Instead, it was claimed by Eriksson, winner of the weekend's second race. The Motopark driver started from last place but then improved by a total of 25 positions. Ninth place was enough for him to maintain his overall lead on 163 points. Having won Race 1 on Saturday, Mawson takes second place on 159 points ahead of Dienst who has so far scored 129 points.

Local favourite Ortmann takes lead in rookie championship

In an eventful race, Tim Zimmermann (18, GER, Neuhauser Racing) managed to steer clear of all incidents. From twelfth on the grid, he finished in fourth place - his best result yet on the fourth race weekend of the season. Crossing the line behind the Neuhauser Racing driver was Mike Ortmann (15, GER, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) in fifth place. The local favourite was thus the best-placed rookie for the third successive race. With a P4 and two P5s in his home race, the 15-year-old has taken over the lead in the rookie standings for the first time.

Behind sixth-placed Jannes Fittje (15, GER, Motopark), team-mate Michael Waldherr (18 GER, Motopark) once again staged an overtaking spectacular. After improving by 25 places on the previous day in the second race, he gained 23 positions in the Sunday race and once again finished in the points. Marek Böckmann (18, GER, Jenzer Motorsport), halftime champion Eriksson and Harrison Newey (16, GBR, Van Amersfoort Racing), the son of top Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey, completed the Top Ten.

The fifth race weekend of the debut ADAC Formula 4 season will be contested at the Nürburgring (14th - 16th August 2015). The famous track in the Eifel mountains hosts Races 13 to 15 after the summer break.

Comments from the podium

Marvin Dienst (18, GER, HTP Juniorteam), Winner:
"At first, I didn't know whether to be pleased after this last-minute victory. My start wasn't perfect, just as in the first two races. I benefited from the fact that the others ahead of me also didn't get away well. I was in third place after one lap, battling understeer because of the swirling air from the cars in front. The safety car deployment helped me. But then the restart was strange. I chose the outside of the track and suddenly saw the two drivers ahead of me go really far out. Fortunately, I wasn't involved in the incident and was able take the lead. I had expected much more from this weekend after securing two pole positions, so this victory is a nice way to round it off."

Joey Mawson (19, AUS, Van Amersfoort Racing), Second:
"This race was simply fantastic - until just before the finish. I had victory in sight, so I'm a bit disappointed with Robert's manoeuvre. The incident at Turn 1 after the restart cost me victory and him second place. At the moment, I feel a bit ambivalent about things. I started the weekend at the Lausitzring with a deficit of 38 points in the championship. Now I can look back on a win and two second places. With a bit more luck I could have achieved a hat-trick. The championship lead was within reach, and I missed out by only four points because of an unfortunate incident."

Robert Shwartzman (15, RUS, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Third: "I've now achieved my sixth podium finish in a row in the ADAC Formula 4, which is really brilliant, but this time disappointment outweighs the success. After the restart ahead of the final lap, there was a misunderstanding with Joey Mawson on Turn 1. He got a bad restart and I saw Marvin Dienst approaching from behind. I only had one opportunity - to launch an attack, or be overtaken myself. From my perspective, Joey didn't give me enough space, so I lost a possible victory and second place at the same time. Overall, it was another good weekend for me, and I want to thank my team. The performance of the car has improved, and it should have been possible to do better than third place."

Mike Ortmann (15, GER, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), best-placed rookie:
"A perfect climax to a super weekend. I've taken the lead in the overall standings of the rookie championship with my third rookie win in a row. It even looked as if a little more was possible on the last lap. I was briefly into second place, but I was on the outside and unfortunately lost a few places. Overall, the weekend at the Lausitzring went really well from qualifying onwards. I want to thank all of the fans who came to watch, my team and my parents for their support. Now I'm looking forward to the next race."

RACE 3

Pos Driver Nat Team Time
1 27 Marvin Dienst HTP Juniorteam 31:22.557
2 36 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing + 0.370
3 4 Robert Shwartzman ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 0.912
4 2 Tim Zimmermann Neuhauser Racing + 1.572
5 6 Mike Ortmann ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 2.001
6 8 Jannes Fittje Motopark + 2.452
7 10 Michael Waldherr Motopark + 2.647
8 16 Marek Böckmann Jenzer Motorsport + 3.235
9 7 Joel Eriksson Motopark + 3.482
10 26 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing + 3.973
11 77 Job van Uitert Job van Uitert + 4.522
12 13 Cedric Piro Piro Sports + 4.648
13 34 Toni Wolf Toni Wolf + 5.134
14 31 Yan Leon Shlom Team Timo Scheider + 5.238
15 15 David Kolkmann Jenzer Motorsport + 5.522
16 20 Nikolaj Rogivue SMG Swiss Motorsport Group + 5.605
17 1 Kim Luis Schramm Neuhauser Racing + 6.248
18 5 David Beckmann ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 6.260
19 46 Mauro Auricchio Team Timo Scheider + 6.862
20 44 Glenn Rupp RS Competition + 7.063
21 24 Robin Brezina Robin Brezina + 7.803
22 14 Moritz Müller-crepon Jenzer Motorsport + 8.172
23 9 Jonathan Cecotto Motopark + 9.617
24 21 Michelle Halder Engstler Motorsport + 11.544
25 38 Luca Engstler Engstler Motorsport + 11.599
26 17 Arlind Hoti Jenzer Motorsport + 13.801
27 3 Benjamin Mazatis ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. -
28 35 Carrie Schreiner Carrie Schreiner -
29 30 Jason Kremer Team Timo Scheider -
30 55 Marylin Niederhauser Race Performance -
31 18 Giorgio Maggi SMG Swiss Motorsport Group -
32 28 Janneau Esmeijer HTP Juniorteam -
33 33 Jan Jonck RS Competition -
34 25 Mick Schumacher Van Amersfoort Racing -

He was a mere spectator in the first race but was delighted in the second round to finish on the top rung of the podium: Joel Eriksson (17, SWE, Motopark) won the second ADAC Formula 4 race at the Lausitzring. The championship leader did not take part in the action until Saturday afternoon after receiving a penalty in qualifying and being excluded from the race. Eriksson secured his fifth win of the season from third place on the grid. The party on the podium was completed by winner of the opening race Joey Mawson (19, AUS, Van Amersfoort Racing) and Robert Shwartzman (15, RUS, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who is contesting a home fixture for his team, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport.

"This victory was really a great relief for me. I fought hard against Joey and won through in the end," said Eriksson, who now has the best chance of winning the first 'half-time' championship in the ADAC High-Speed Academy.

Eriksson seizes his chance

Mawson looked like a certain winner at the Lausitzring until a few minutes before the end. However, Eriksson took his chance following a late safety car phase and immediately overtook the Australian on the approach to Turn 1 after the re-start. The Motopark youngster then defended his lead to the finish line. A second period where the race was neutralised three laps before the end of the race prevented Mawson from launching a counterattack. The eleventh race o the season ended behind the safety car after 19 laps.

Shwartzman added seamlessly to his impressive run of successes behind the title favourites. The young Russian finished on the podium in his fifth consecutive race. Shwartzman moved up three positions on the first lap after starting from eighth place on the grid. He won through in a scrap against Janneau Esmeijer (18, NED, HTP Juniorteam) on the twelfth lap by pulling off a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre. The Dutch teenager had to settle for fourth place in the end.

Local favourite Ortmann once again best rookie

Mike Ortmann (15, GER, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) gave his Berlin-based team further cause for cheer. The local youngster from nearby Ahrensfelde crossed the finish line in fifth place and was, for the second successive occasion, the most successful of all the rookies in the starting line-up. The 15-year-old finished the first race in fourth position to celebrate his best result in the ADAC junior formula series. In the Rookie Championship, Ortmann is now second behind Jonathan Cecotto (15, VEN, Motopark) who is the son of former Formula 1 and DTM driver Johnny Cecotto.

Marvin Dienst (18, GER, HTP Juniorteam) had an eventful race. Having booked pole position, the HTP Juniorteam driver had every right to be contemplating a second podium at the Lausitzring. But as the lights went out, Dienst remained stationary and dropped back to 13th place. As the race progressed, the third-placed championship contender fought his way back up the field to finish sixth.

25 positions gained: Storming charge of the season

Michael Waldherr (18, GER, Motopark) took the chequered the flag behind seventh-placed Tim Zimmermann (18, GER, Neuhauser Racing). After starting from the penultimate slot on the grid, the Motopark junior staged the comeback of the season, gaining no fewer than 25 places during the race to finish eighth. No contestant has ever made such a spectacular charge up the field in the short history of ADAC Formula 4.

'Half-time' championship to be decided on Sunday

The third race at the Lausitzring on Sunday (live coverage commencing at 10:30 on SPORT1) is guaranteed to be a high-octane affair. The ongoing battle between Eriksson and Mawson will decide which of them goes down in the ADAC Formula 4 annals as the first 'halftime champion'. Eriksson has 161 points on the board and a lead of 20 points over closest pursuer Mawson. The Australian will start Race 3 from tenth place, while Eriksson will be on the very back row.

Comments from the podium

Joel Eriksson (17, SWE, Motopark), Winner:
"This win was really a great relief for me. I fought hard against Joey and won through in the end. I knew I was faster and was waiting for him to make a mistake. When he actually made an error, I took my chance and went into the lead. I had already tried my luck going down the straight but then pulled back. I needed every point in view of being disqualified from Race 1 and was taking no chances. I now have to tackle the final race from the back of the field and see that as a challenge. I like overtaking and am looking forward to some exciting battles. I'm certain that I'll leave the Lausitzring as championship leader."

Joey Mawson (19, AUS, Van Amersfoort Racing), Second:
"Frankly, I'm disappointed with second place after this race. I had a good start and went straight into the lead. I was struggling a bit on the early laps but still managed to keep Joel Eriksson behind me - until the safety car came out. I had some dirt on the tyres after the re-start and skidded. That error cost me the win, but I didn't give up and was right behind Eriksson when the safety car came back out on track again. It was a great pity that the race was not green-flagged, otherwise the final laps would have been exciting. We had a good and fair fight prior to that."

Robert Shwartzman (15, RUS, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Third:
"The weekend could hardly have started better for me. I had the fastest car on the track, as in the first race, so a big thank you to my team. I gradually worked my way forwards and finally used slipstreaming to overtake Esmeijer and claim third place. I've now achieved my fifth podium in a row, and I'm thrilled. Actually, I've not altered much compared to the beginning of the season. There were a few small things, and we were a bit unlucky as well. The experience I've gained is now paying off. Finishing regularly on the podium is the best proof of that."

Mike Ortmann (15, GER, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), best-placed rookie:
"Second rookie win in the second race at the Lausitzring - a perfect result. The speed of my car was not quite as good as in the first race on Saturday afternoon. I could not quite keep up with the leaders. I concentrated on defending my position and on keeping my pursuers at bay."

RACE 2

Pos Driver Nat Team Time
1 7 Joel Eriksson Motopark 28:50.942
2 36 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing + 0.572
3 4 Robert Shwartzman ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 0.885
4 28 Janneau Esmeijer HTP Juniorteam + 1.333
5 6 Mike Ortmann ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 1.814
6 27 Marvin Dienst HTP Juniorteam + 2.340
7 2 Tim Zimmermann Neuhauser Racing + 3.275
8 10 Michael Waldherr Motopark + 4.057
9 1 Kim Luis Schramm Neuhauser Racing + 4.445
10 8 Jannes Fittje Motopark + 4.981
11 17 Arlind Hoti Jenzer Motorsport + 5.362
12 33 Jan Jonck RS Competition + 5.772
13 34 Toni Wolf Toni Wolf + 6.165
14 46 Mauro Auricchio Team Timo Scheider + 6.924
15 20 Nikolaj Rogivue SMG Swiss Motorsport Group + 7.436
16 25 Mick Schumacher Van Amersfoort Racing + 8.656
17 31 Yan Leon Shlom Team Timo Scheider + 9.194
18 15 David Kolkmann Jenzer Motorsport + 10.077
19 35 Carrie Schreiner Carrie Schreiner + 11.224
20 77 Job van Uitert Job van Uitert + 11.939
21 38 Luca Engstler Engstler Motorsport + 12.394
22 18 Giorgio Maggi SMG Swiss Motorsport Group + 12.995
23 55 Marylin Niederhauser Race Performance + 14.942
24 9 Jonathan Cecotto Motopark + 15.590
25 13 Cedric Piro Piro Sports -
26 21 Michelle Halder Engstler Motorsport -
27 3 Benjamin Mazatis ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. -
28 44 Glenn Rupp RS Competition -
29 24 Robin Brezina Robin Brezina -
30 14 Moritz Müller-crepon Jenzer Motorsport -
31 5 David Beckmann ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. -
32 30 Jason Kremer Team Timo Scheider -
33 16 Marek Böckmann Jenzer Motorsport -
34 26 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing -

The battle for the unofficial title of ADAC Formula 4 'halftime champion' is hotting up. Joey Mawson (19, AUS, Van Amersfoort Racing) won the first of three races at the Lausitzring and has increased his chances of taking the first 'half-time championship' in the ADAC High Speed Academy. The Australian claimed his second victory and fourth podium of the season.

Robert Shwartzman (15, RUS, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) also continued his strong run of form. In the home race for his kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport team, the young Russian came second and celebrated his fourth consecutive podium finish. Marvin Dienst (18, GER, HTP Juniorteam) completed the Top Three and still has chances of coming out on top in the first half of the 2015 campaign.

Mawson lays foundation for victory in the first few metres

"The weekend couldn't have got off to a better start," said Mawson after picking up the first winner's trophy of the fourth race weekend. From second on the grid, the Van Amersfoort Racing driver immediately wrested control of the race from pole-setter Marvin Dienst and then went on to build up a comfortable lead of several seconds over the next few laps. Even a late safety car deployment left Mawson unruffled as he defended his lead against closest pursuer Shwartzman and saw the victory home after a race lasting 20 laps.

After a run of three third places, Shwartzman achieved his best result yet in ADAC Formula 4. Having started from fifth on the grid, the 15-year-old skilfully avoided getting caught up in the mayhem at the start to overtake Dienst and move up into fourth. There then developed a thrilling three-way battle for second place between Janneau Esmeijer (18, NED, HTP Juniorteam), Shwartzman and Dienst, from which the kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport youngster emerged triumphant. Following a collision with Tim Zimmermann (18, GER, Neuhauser Racing), Esmeijer then dropped out of the points-scoring places.

Best performance to date by local favourite Ortmann

Also involved in the hard-fought action for the top positions was Mike Ortmann (15, GER, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) from the town of Ahrensfelde which is 150 kilometres from the Lausitzring. At one stage, the local favourite was up to third but ultimately had to yield the position to Dienst. In finishing fourth, Ortmann not only secured his best ADAC Formula 4 result to date but also picked up a trophy for best-placed rookie. Crossing the line behind Ortmann was team-mate and fellow series newcomer, David Beckmann (15, GER, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) with yet another Top Five finish for the Berlin-based racing stable.

Jannes Fittje (15, GER, Motopark), Kim Luis Schramm (17, GER, Neuhauser Racing) and Jonathan Cecotto (15, VEN, Motopark), the son of ex-Formula 1 and DTM driver Johnny Cecotto, completed the Top Eight in the first of three races at the Lausitzring.

Dienst back on pole position

In the second race on Saturday afternoon (from 15:00 live on SPORT1), Dienst once again starts from pole position alongside Joey Mawson. The two talented youngsters are in hot pursuit of current championship leader Joel Eriksson (17, SWE, Motopark) who had to sit out the first race due to a penalty. The Motopark driver leads the overall standings on 136 points, while Mawson is in second place on 123 points ahead of Dienst on 96. With 50 points still up for grabs before the unofficial title of 'halftime champion' is conferred, all three challengers are in with a chance.

Comments from the podium

Joey Mawson (19, AUS, Van Amersfoort Racing), Winner:
"I am really delighted with this victory. I wanted to catch up in the championship, especially since the leader Eriksson wasn't starting in this race. This worked out perfectly for me. My start was very good, and I immediately took the lead. Unfortunately, I didn't catch the exit of turn four perfectly and had to let Esmeijer go past. But I was able to rectify the situation soon enough and then build up a lead. When the safety car came out, this was nullified and I started to come under some pressure. But on the last two laps, I once again managed to pull out a gap and secure the victory. The weekend couldn't have got off to a better start."

Robert Shwartzman (15, RUS, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Second:
"That's the fourth time in a row I've finished on the podium, and in such a really great race. I'm absolutely satisfied. At the start, I kept my position. When the tyres eventually got better and felt just right, I went on the attack. I was moving really fast and worked my way up to second place. I wanted to attack Joey, but he was too fast. This has been my best result so far in ADAC Formula 4, but I intend to go one better very soon."

Marvin Dienst (18, GER, HTP Juniorteam), Third:
"I'd expected more, for sure, after starting on pole. I didn't get away well and immediately lost a few positions. It was obvious that working my way back to the front was going to be tricky at the Lausitzring. We probably didn't have enough air in the tyres, which had an impact on my lap times. I wanted to use my experience at the end of the race in these hot conditions, but the safety car got in the way. Still, I'm back on the podium after two tough weekends and have secured vital points towards the championship."

Mike Ortmann (15, GER, kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), best-placed rookie:
"I'm overjoyed to secure my first victory in the rookie standings in my home fixture. The race was really good, my speed was super and I made some really great overtaking moves. For a time, P3 was even within reach. Of course, that would have been even more beautiful, but I've now got my first trophy and am completely satisfied. I'm super proud of my team and all those who've always supported me."

RACE 1

Pos Driver Nat Team Time
1 36 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing 30:23.175
2 4 Robert Shwartzman ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 0.869
3 27 Marvin Dienst HTP Juniorteam + 1.513
4 6 Mike Ortmann ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 3.283
5 5 David Beckmann ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 3.619
6 8 Jannes Fittje Motopark + 4.638
7 1 Kim Luis Schramm Neuhauser Racing + 5.062
8 9 Jonathan Cecotto Motopark + 6.690
9 13 Cedric Piro Piro Sports + 7.434
10 30 Jason Kremer Team Timo Scheider + 8.107
11 18 Giorgio Maggi SMG Swiss Motorsport Group + 8.542
12 2 Tim Zimmermann Neuhauser Racing + 10.895
13 28 Janneau Esmeijer HTP Juniorteam + 11.591
14 33 Jan Jonck RS Competition + 11.818
15 26 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing + 12.102
16 14 Moritz Müller-crepon Jenzer Motorsport + 12.208
17 31 Yan Leon Shlom Team Timo Scheider + 13.256
18 16 Marek Böckmann Jenzer Motorsport + 13.299
19 35 Carrie Schreiner Carrie Schreiner + 16.292
20 15 David Kolkmann Jenzer Motorsport + 17.295
21 46 Mauro Auricchio Team Timo Scheider + 17.647
22 21 Michelle Halder Engstler Motorsport + 19.191
23 77 Job van Uitert Job van Uitert + 19.962
24 55 Marylin Niederhauser Race Performance + 32.103
25 3 Benjamin Mazatis ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. + 34.492
26 38 Luca Engstler Engstler Motorsport -
27 34 Toni Wolf Toni Wolf -
28 17 Arlind Hoti Jenzer Motorsport -
29 20 Nikolaj Rogivue SMG Swiss Motorsport Group -
30 10 Michael Waldherr Motopark -

Original source: ADAC-Motorsport.de