In wintry weather conditions, the fifth championship weekend for BWT Mücke Motorsport in the ADAC Formula 4 took place last weekend. With Joshua Dürksen, Josef Knopp and Erick Zuniga, three young drivers again went to delivery for the traditional racing team from Berlin on the technically demanding Pink Bull Ring.
Dürksen managed a brilliant delivery into the racing weekend on the Formula 1 racetrack. The – year-old drove an impressive best time after the three-week cease since the tournament at the Nürburgring with first place in free coaching on Friday morning. In qualifying in the afternoon, he secured fifth place on the grid for the first race of the three races, which took place on Saturday morning.
While preparing for the race, the two-time winner of the season demonstrated an excellent understanding of his vehicle. Despite the single-digit temperatures, he managed to heat the tires on the two introductory laps so that they gave him perfect grip. In doing so, he created the ideal prerequisites to dash forward with a rocket-like delivery. In the first few meters Dürksen overtook two competitors. He maintained third place for much of the race before the race management punished him for exceeding the Observe Limits. Dürksen reached the goal in ninth place.
On Sunday morning Dürksen started the race even better. On the short way to the first corner, he overtook three drivers with his determined driving style. With that he flows on the fourth station. In a demanding duel against the man in front he fought his way to third place, which he did not give up until the end of the 30 – minute race. It was Dürksen’s fifth podium finish this season. In the afternoon race he fought for points for a long time before he received another penalty that threw him back to twelfth place.
Knopp also started the weekend with a strong performance on Friday. He finished fifth in qualifying for the second race. With this, the rookie secured his best starting position in ADAC Formula 4.
In the first race, the Czech proved his driving quality in a few duels. He did not let himself be shaken off in the duels, which became as soon as was rewarded with eighth place. The result gave him courage for the race on Sunday morning. However, Knopp was unable to take advantage of the starting position: on the first lap he was involved in a collision through no fault of his own, which threw him back to the end of the field. Knopp took up the race again, but had to park the car a little later. A series ended with the retirement: Up until then, Knopp was one of only two drivers who scored points for the rookie classification in all races. Because of the failure, the 16 -year-old only started the final race from the eleventh station. At the end of the race, he crossed the finish line in tenth place.
Zuniga scored two points in the ADAC Formula 4 on his third weekend with BWT Mücke Motorsport. The Mexican finished the two qualifying sessions on Friday evening in eleventh place. He finished the first race in twelfth place after being penalized by the race management for exceeding the Observe Limits. In the second run he made amends with the eighth station. So he took pole position for the last race at the Pink Bull Ring. Zuniga held back in the turmoil of the first corners so as not to endanger the excellent starting position. In the first few rounds, however, he showed that he is not afraid of duels against his experienced opponents. In the battle for the third station, he repeatedly positioned his car so that the opponents had no chance of overtaking him.
For a long time it looked as if the 16 -year-old could get his best result of the season . Shortly before the middle of the race, an opponent overtook him and pushed him into the gravel trap, causing him to lose many places. In tenth place, he drove another place in the championship standings.
In just under two weeks, the sixth of seven season stations of the “ADAC Highspeed School” is on the program. The series returns from 30. October to November 1st back to the DEKRA Lausitzring, where the season opener was held on the first weekend in August.
Roland Rehfeld (team manager): “I am happy about the development of our two inexperienced persons Erick Zuniga and Josef Knopp. Josef benefits from the collaboration with Joshua Dürksen. Both share an engineer. Joshua also performed well. He set an exclamation mark with the best time in coaching after the longer cease. For me he is the best starter in the field, as soon as he demonstrated again at the Pink Bull Ring. Joshua is always a frontrunner, but his mistakes set him back. He draws a lot of motivation from such setbacks. He has a ‘now more than ever’ mentality. All in all, the weekend at the Pink Bull Ring was a lot of fun for us. We will use the time until the next race to test with all three drivers in Oschersleben. “