PREMA Racing secures dominant results in ADAC opener
PREMA Racing put up a dominant showing in round one of the German Formula 4 ADAC Championship at Spa-Francorchamps. With three wins and two full podium lockouts, the team experienced an extremely positive first outing of the year at the classic Belgian venue.
Andrea Kimi Antonelli was the leading performer since qualifying when he took pole in both qualifying sessions. He later went on to dominate Race 1 and 2, before maximizing his chances in Race 3. Starting from P8 on the reverse grid, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team junior completed his weekend with a fourth-place finish, salvaging valuable points and focusing on not making mistakes in a hard-fought heat.
Rafael Camara was equally impressive, making his first career start in Europe and quickly proving competitive. The Brazilian Ferrari Driver Academy racer was second in Race 1 and 2, gaining more and more experience. Then, he put everything together by storming to victory in Race 3 from P7 on the grid, coming out on top of a frantic battle.
Charlie Wurz, James Wharton, and Conrad Laursen all managed to secure podium finishes by capitalizing on their opportunities, although they all paid the price of attrition. Laursen collided with Wurz in race 2, while Wharton, who was also making his first European single-seater start, got a DNF due to a puncture in Race 1 before rebounding to P3 in Race 2.
The team now looks forward to the opening race of the 2022 Italian Championship at Imola.
#7 - Charlie Wurz
"We learned quite a lot this weekend, and we are confident going into the first round of The Italian Championship on what we need to do and improve next time out on track."
#12 - Andrea Kimi Antonelli
"It has been a good weekend. Working with the team, we quickly found a good set up and we were fast straight away. On Friday, I got pole in Q1 and Q2. In race 1, I didn't have the best start as I lost P1, but the pace was there, so I managed to recover it and cruise to the win. In race 2, the start was much better, and with my contenders battling with each other, I pulled quite a big gap to score the win. In race 3, I started P8 with the reverse grid, but despite a good start, I made a few mistakes and settled for P4. I'm quite satisfied, and I'm looking forward to the opening race of the Italian Championship at Imola."
#13 - James Wharton
"First weekend in Europe is finished! I come away with a lot of things learnt and a lot of things to work on before we are on track again. I would like to thank the team for all the support now we focus on Imola to come back stronger."
#20 - Conrad Laursen
"Quite a difficult weekend if you look at the results, not so smooth sailing. In qualifying we were struggling a bit, but we ended up being OK with P4 in Race 1. It was the maximum I could get out of it, starting in P6 with a good pace for all the team's cars at the front. Going higher than that would have been hard. In Race 2, I made a misjudgement mistake and broke my front wing. Other than that, the pace and the car felt really good. The DNF made me start at the back for the final race. Coming from P19 all the way to P3, it was great. Super happy with Race 3, while Race 2 was not what I wanted. For sure, we have the pace to be on top, we just need to keep working. To race with so many competitive team-mates was fun and a great learning experience as well."
#88 - Rafael Camara
"I think it was a good weekend, we were always at the top. I also learned a lot, and the team did a super job. Now we just try to come stronger for the next race."