Revised results for Lausitzring event following DMSB decision
In a court of appeal on Thursday, Germany's motor racing governing body DMSB (Deutsche Motor Sport Bund e.V) confirmed that the decision made to exclude all US Racing drivers for the three races at the Lausitzring earlier this year will be upheld.
After qualifying, scrutineers identified that a camber shim had not been fitted to the front right suspension on all four US Racing cars. (You can find the detailed report from May here.) The German squad had filed an appeal against this decision, which caused the delay, with all US Racing drivers taking to their original starting positions from qualifying. Nevertheless, the results remained provisional with the drivers racing under appeal.
However after the court of appeal on Thursday DMSB again confirmed its decision to disqualify all four US Racing drivers.
Van Amersfoort Racing was given a reason to celebrate with the team's success being increased to eight race wins and six pole-positions in 18 races. That also means that Van Amersfoort Racing's first 1-2-3 victory was achieved back in race 3 at Lausitzring with winner Felipe Drugovich finishing in front of Fredrik Vesti and Louis Gachot. This was also Gachot’s first podium result in ADAC F4.
On top of the unique performance in the final race, it was Kami Laliberté who in retrospective won the first race for Van Amersfoort Racing. With a total number of six victories, Drugovich is now the only driver in the Championship with this tally in 2017. In addition, it provides another advantage for the Brazilian regarding the championship standings: Drugovich's gap to the leader is now down to 18.5 points, as team-mate Vesti now moves upto seventh.
Van Amersfoort Racing (car number 1 Felipe Drugovich, car number 2 Frederik Vesti) was given a reason to celebrate following DMSB decision ©Gruppe C GmbH/ ADAC Motorsport
"It is kind of strange to experience that we secured our first 1-2-3 victory already 4 months ago. Nevertheless, we are very happy with the splendid performance of the drivers. In addition, we think it is very positive that the DMSB made their final decision before the last round of the championship at Hockenheim this weekend.
Now all stakeholders involved have clarity, which means we can focus on racing entirely during the final event. I do have to add that we feel a bit sad for the drivers that won races, had a podium and didn’t get the chance to celebrate there, as they have earned it. When we consider that most drivers in this series are still young teenagers, we hope a situation like this doesn’t happen again”, said Rob Niessink, CEO of Van Amersfoort Racing.
The final race of the 2017 ADAC F4 season took place at Hockenheim on Sunday, 24th September.
US Racing's Lausitzring results only provisional: drivetribe.com/p/us-racings-lausitzring-results-RS4U5-bCR92STauDi_HAPA?iid=K36jhkNtSZyrhQzIyToDVA
Lausitzring podium without its winner: drivetribe.com/p/lausitzring-podium-without-its-Xkk6aFe_Qbqey88v6yoFCA?iid=M-re4uoDQUKTEWVxbszWnA
Full results Lausitzring race 1: www.adac-motorsport.de/docs/adac-formel-4/sessions/25765.pdf
Full results Lausitzring race 2: www.adac-motorsport.de/docs/adac-formel-4/sessions/25767.pdf
Full results Lausitzring race 3: www.adac-motorsport.de/docs/adac-formel-4/sessions/25769.pdf