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Australians dominate German, Asian Formula 4 charge

By Peter McKay, 08 Aug 2016 Motorsport

Australians dominate German, Asian Formula 4 charge

Joey Mawson and Mick Schumacher show heats up, while Jordan Love shows strong form

Joey Mawson and Mick Schumacher show heats up, while Jordan Love shows strong form.

GERMAN F4 title protagonists Australian Joey Mawson and local son-of-a-gun Mick Schumacher each scored a win and a second place in the three races held at the Nurburgring at the weekend, continuing their intense fight for the crown.

Mawson’s success in race two was his seventh victory of the season and his 13th podium, and his pace and consistency has kept him 46 points ahead of the German.

Australia -Formula -4-racing -car -passing -chequered -flagSchumacher pipped the Aussie for pole in race one by .02sec and that’s how they finished in the 21-lap opener, run surprisingly without any safety car interruptions.

But Joey Mawson was fastest in race two qualifying, with Schumacher third.

Mawson led into the first corner, with Schumacher aggressively charging into second.   A few corners later, Schumacher dived up the inside of Mawson, hitting the Aussie’s left rear wheel and forcing the leader off line.

Australian -Joey -Mawson -Formula -4Schumacher took over the lead but was soon serving a drive-through penalty.

Mawson went on to take the win, with Schumacher 15th.

With the grid for race three settled by the outcome of the opening two heats, Mawson and Schumacher lined up ninth and 10th respectively.

Both made good starts, Schumacher moving forward to fifth, with Mawson right with him.

Australia -Formula -4-racing -driver -Joey -Mawson -celebratesThomas Preining won the 19-lap race with Schumacher taking a strong second. Mawson was fifth after an eventful last few laps.  Race stewards pinged Mawson for crossing the white line on the pit exit, and after the 30-second penalty was imposed, he was classified 28th.

Things are hotting up between the two dominant drivers.

Aussie Jordan Love opens account in South-East Asia F4 Championship

Jordan -Love -Australian -Formula -4-racing -car -driverCompetitors in the first-ever Formula 4 South East Asia Championship (F4SEA) could never complain they don’t get enough action – in all six races were run over three days at Sepang, Malaysia with Australia’s Jordan Love to the fore.

Seventeen-year-old Love took a superb first-up win in the opening heat on Friday, and then after a mechanical-related non-finish on Saturday, bounced back with another win and a second-place on Sunday, finishing second overall in the points.  A drive-through penalty in the fifth heat for jumping the start (from pole) was costly.

Jordan -Love -driving -Formula -4-racing -carBut Love has shown he will be hard to beat in the series.

Young Singaporean Danial Frost took three wins to leave Sepang with the championship lead, ahead of Love, 127 points to 108.