South Africa’s Jonathan Aberdein endured a tough weekend of ADAC German Formula 4 racing at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria over the weekend – all the more difficult considering that the Cape Town driver was promisingly fast in practice. But a troubled qualifying saw Jonathan starting well down the grid for the first of the weekend’s three races on Saturday morning.
“Qualifying never quite went as planned,” Aberdein rued. “And things never went much better in the race – Red Bull Ring has been tough going – it was inevitable having qualified so far down, but I got caught up in a mid pack-incident in turn one and damaged the suspension, which became impossible to drive and I stopped before the end of the race. “But tomorrow is another day and we keep pushing – never give up.”
Sunday dawned well for Jonathan, who had a better second race. “I started 16th but had a poor start and lost a few positions,” Jonathan explained. “But I had a great comeback drive from around 20th to finish 9th.” The third race was a tougher prospect as Jonathan started at the back, but he drove another solid race to end up 21st.
“That was a tough weekend – it never went quite as we’d expected, but the second race was good,” Jonathan concluded. “I also managed some great lap times and I am now only a tenth or two off the guys in front – now all we need is a little good luck, so let’s hope that comes right at the Nurburgring in two weeks time.”