An all Van Amersfoort Racing podium in race 3 at Sachsenring
Even with the weekend starting with some difficulties for the drivers of the Dutch outfit, the team finished the final race of the sixth championship round with Felipe Drugovich, Artem Petrov and Frederik Vesti on a high, with all hitting the podium.
Felipe Drugovich, who is still fighting for the title also welcomed his fifth win of the season. "After the disappointments this morning, I totally focused on this race. Fortunately, it went well. Everything is still possible in the championship, even if it won’t be easy – but the last three races have to be driven first", said the Brazilian.
The 17-year-old bounced back in the final race by moving up from fourth to second directly after the start. Two restarts later, with nine minutes to race, he was able to pass débuting Russian teammate Artem Petrov. Once in front Drugovich did not only successfully defend his lead, but also quickly built up a margin of 2.126 seconds, ultimately crossing the line as the race winner.
Team-mate Petrov kept his cool, starting the last race of the weekend from pole position. The Russian collected his first podium finish with second in his first event with Van Amersfoort, along with having his first experience of the technical Sachsenring circuit. After the first safety car period, Petrov was able to keep the lead, as well as the other restart. Nevertheless, Drugovich came closer and eventually overtook the Rookie.
First 1-2-3 victory in history of Van Amersfoort Racing (from the left: Artem Petrov, Felipe Drugovich, Frederik Vesti and Jeroen de Jong) ©Van Amersfoort Racing
Petrov made his ADAC Formula 4 debut with Lechner Racing at the Red Bull Ring, followed by a start for the Portuguese Team DR Formula Racing, before he contested his first ADAC F4 weekend for Van Amersfoort. “This race weekend was a challenging one for me as it was my first time on Sachsenring. I only tested with Van Amersfoort Racing at Hockenheim before and immediately liked the car. I am very happy for Felipe. Looking back at myself, I could have done better but I did a few mistakes. The German ADAC F4 is more demanding than the Italian series. I am happy to be part of the races in Germany”, explained Petrov.
Finishing third, Frederik Vesti set another exclamation mark on his strong overall performance. The youngster from Denmark already scored two top 10 results with P8 and P9 in the previous races. Vesti kept out of the chaos in the third race by starting and finishing in third position. "It was a truly great weekend for me. I scored points in every of the three races and even finished the last one on the podium. I scored a lot of points and had good races, so I am very happy. Now, I am looking forward to Hockenheim", the 15-year-old told.
Just outside the spotlight, Louis Gachot also made his mark at Sachsenring. After missing that bit of luck in the first two races, the Briton was among the smartest in the chaotic final race. Starting from P22, Gachot stayed calm and focused on the two restarts, resulting in a catch up where he gained a total of 10 positions to finish 12th.
Despite the small chance left for Drugovich, all four Van Amersfoort Racing drivers are free to race going into the final weekend of the season. "After the second race we all felt quite unhappy about what happened to Felipe. As a team we bounced back with a fantastic 1-2-3 clean sweep. An unique performance. Looking at the larger picture, Felipe still has a chance to win the title, but we definitely need some luck. As for the final: we will not only focus on the main championship contender but on the entire team. At Hockenheim, we will act as a team", declared Van Amersfoort Racing team manager Jeroen de Jong.