It was round 5 of the ADAC Formula 4 championshi, at the Red Bull Ring. Low temperatures and occasional snow, made for a very interesting weekend at the austrian racetrack.
The weekend started well for Mücke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen, who led free practice 1 and scored second place in FP2. All was going great for the german team, but come qualifying, the team gambled on a risky strategy, wich did not pay off and was only good enough to secure a 5th place for Race 1 and a 7th place for Race 2.
On Saturday, the action began with Race 1, where Duerksen soon made clear, why he is considered the top starter in this particular feeder category. Making up 2 places before the first corner, Joshua continued to push and stole P3, before being handed a 5-second penalty and a consecutive drive-through penalty, for exceeding track limits, wich dropped him down to 9th place, where he finished the race.
After a disappointing start, Race 2 was the perfect opportunity to bounce back. Starting from 7th, Joshua managed to overtake 3 cars before turn 1 again and, after a fierce battle with US Racing’s Elias Seppänen, he took 3rd place, where he stayed until the chequered flag came down, to secure another podium finish.
Race 3 was a challenge in itself, with all drivers on used tyres. The result from race 2 meant Duerksen was to start from P6. After a challenging start for all drivers and dropping down to 10th place, Joshua began his recovery and started picking up rivals like nothing, until another drive-through penalty denied him all the points and ruined the great effort he made, by dropping him down to 12th place.
The next round will be held at the Lausitzring, from October 30th to November 1st.