Team Report
2017 ADAC Formula 4 Championship
Sunday
17
September 2017

Prema Theodore Racing ADAC F4 2017 Team Champions!

As the ADAC F4 Championship draws to a close Marcus Armstrong, Juri Vips and the team headed to Sachsenring. It was a special end to the weekend where it was announced that Prema Theodore Racing claimed the ADAC F4 2017 Team Championship for the second year running by over 100 points to the nearest rival team!

Friday morning saw two free practice sessions which both drivers had a solid run in. Once qualifying approached in the afternoon the team were faced with two red flag situations. Vips issued the first after a trip to the gravel, sitting at the time in P2 behind his teammate Armstrong who was sat in provisional pole. Once the green flag returned the New Zealander held onto pole until the second red flag. When the session finally got going for a third time, tyres had worn and minutes lost, Armstrong lost his pole to Julian Hanses in the last minute, forcing him to take P2. After Juri Vips mishaps earlier in the session the Estonian settled for P8. 

It was a dry track for the first race of the weekend with Armstrong in P2 and Vips P8. It was a quickly abandoned start as Laurin Heinrich flipped his car into the first corner which created a red flag.  20 minutes went by until the restart took place under the safety car for one lap. As it went in, Armstrong fought for P1 but was unable to get past, whilst Vips managed  to gain two positions getting into P5. With 10 minutes left of this race the Ferrari backed driver Armstrong fought with Fabio Scherer  wheel-to-wheel but on the last corner of the last lap the German slide past  forcing Armstrong to take the last spot on the podium. Juri Vips took P5 after coming under pressure from Sophia Flörsch but maintained his position well. 

Sunday morning saw Marcus Armstrong sat in P2 and Juri Vips in P9 for the start of the second race of the weekend. Lights out and Armstrong immediately fought with Scherer but held P2. After gaining a position Vips and the rest of the field faced their first safety car. A few laps down the restart took place where Vips and Michael Waldherr battled but the Estonian held on and a few minutes later moved into P6 after passing two more rivals. The race saw two more safety cars but both drivers kept firmly hold of their positions. Armstrong took his second podium and Vips scored more valuable points in P6. 

For the final run of the weekend both Prema Theodore drivers gained a position at the start, with Vips quickly taking another after making a swift move on Flörsch for P4. The first safety car arrived after a few laps. At the restart, although both held onto their positions Armstrong came under immense pressure from Scherer, but the Kiwi kept cool and maintained P6. Laps passed before the second safety car was revealed. After it returned to the pits, Armstrong was caught in the middle of a battle with Scherer from behind whilst fighting with Nicklas Nielsen in front, but they each held onto their positions. Vips tried his best to catch Drugovich for P3 but sadly he could not find a way through taking P4 at the chequered flag.

Next weekend (22-24th September) is the penultimate round of the ADAC F4 2017 season at Hockenheim. After Prema Theodore Racing were officially given the Team Championship title, now Juri Vips, (192.5 points) Marcus Armstrong (186 points) and Felipe Drugovich (165.5 points) will battle it out for the Drivers Championship at the final round!  

Teddy Yip commented: "To win the F4 Championship is a terrific tribute to the speed and consistency of the drivers and in particular the very hard work that René and the boys put in week after week.”
 Marcus Armstrong “A good weekend in Sachsenring. I had a good feeling with the car on new tyres but not on used ones which is why our race pace was not overwhelming. However we took 2 podiums and a 6th in the reverse grid race. We took the lead in championship but by a very small margin, which will make Hockenheim interesting. Congratulations to Prema for taking the teams championship for the 2nd year running in ADAC F4.”
Sachsenring
15/9/2017
 — 
16/9/2017
Timezone   
CEST (UTC+2)
Length   
2.299 mi
Turns   
First Race  
1927
Lap Record  
2017 ADAC Formula 4 Championship
 STANDINGS
Updated 
22/1/2018

2

nd
Races   
21
Laps   
444
mi.   
1199.42
Points   
241
Podiums   
10
Wins   
3
RACE 1
Saturday
 
12:05 pm

1

2

3

4

5

Julian HANSES

Fabio SCHERER

Marcus ARMSTRONG

Nicklas NIELSEN

Jüri VIPS

US Racing

US Racing

PREMA

US Racing

PREMA

+2.012

+2.383

+2.746

+5.416

30:00.610

30:02.622

30:02.993

30:03.356

30:06.026

RACE 2
Sunday
 
10:20 am

1

2

3

4

5

Fabio SCHERER

Marcus ARMSTRONG

Sophia FLÖRSCH

Nicklas NIELSEN

Frederik VESTI

US Racing

PREMA

ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg

US Racing

Van Amersfoort Racing    

+0.621

+0.968

+1.453

+1.707

28:06.582

28:07.203

28:07.550

28:08.035

28:08.289

RACE 3
Saturday
 
4:45 pm

1

2

3

4

5

Felipe DRUGOVICH 

Artem PETROV

Frederik VESTI

Jüri VIPS

Marcus ARMSTRONG

Van Amersfoort Racing    

Van Amersfoort Racing    

Van Amersfoort Racing    

PREMA

PREMA

+2.126

+2.801

+3.290

+3.511

30:39.369

30:41.495

30:42.170

30:42.659

30:42.880

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