The 2014 Formel ADAC season has produced its first winner: Mikkel Jensen (19, Denmark, Neuhauser Racing) won the first race in the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, finishing 3.648 seconds up on second-placed Maximilian Günther (16, Germany, ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.). Series rookie Tim Zimmermann (17, Germany, Neuhauser Racing) achieved a podium at his first attempt.
Jensen’s victory in the first of three races in Oschersleben was never in any danger except right at the start. The 19-year-old got off the line well from pole position, but Günther piled on the pressure running through the first few turns. However, Jensen defended P1 after a brilliant scrap, building up a comfortable lead on the subsequent laps.
Reigning Formel ADAC vice-champion Günther chose not to mount an attack in the dying minutes of the race, finishing a comfortable second. ADAC Sports Foundation protégé Tim Zimmermann crossed the line behind the lead pair with a deficit of some six seconds to achieve the best result among the eight rookies in the starting field.
“Second place in the opening race means 18 vital points and a good start to the new season”, said Maxi. “I was able to follow Mikkel Jensen and attack him to start with, but overall, he was a little faster today. We must analyse the data to find out why before the second race. Downforce always makes driving behind another car quite difficult, but I never gave up. Only towards the end did I decide to secure second place at the finish line and save my tyres. Now I hope that I can win the second race from pole position tomorrow.”
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