Australian Joey Mawson secured a race win during round five of the 2016 German Formula 4 Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on the weekend.
After charging from 11th to fourth in the opening race on Saturday, the PODIUM-backed driver enjoyed his sixth victory from 15 starts this year, with a dominant performance during Race Two on Sunday morning aboard his Van Amersfoort Racing entry. He then backed his six-second win up by recording third placing in the final race on Sunday afternoon to extend his lead in the points standings to 46.
Mawson’s main rival in the championship chase, Mick Schumacher, endured a troublesome run in qualifying forcing him to play catch up all weekend after starting the first two races outside the top ten.
“Points wise it was really good with a win in Race Two and also a podium in the final race,” said Mawson.
“Mick struck a bit of trouble in qualifying and I was able to make the most of the opportunity and extend the lead in the championship.
“We had a strong car all weekend, again the Van Amersfoort guys did a fantastic job to give me the best possible chance of a great result. It is very pleasing to be able to reward them with a couple of podiums.”
While pleased with another race win, Mawson believes his performance in the reverse-top ten Race Three was his most satisfying for the weekend.
“Race three was the most satisfying result. I didn’t get off to the best of starts after having a bit of trouble with the clutch but then the racing and battles was pretty intense,” said Mawson.
“The satisfaction of scoring the podium after such hard racing was a real highlight of the weekend.”
With three rounds remaining, Mawson heads the standings on 254 points with Schumacher second on 208. Mike-David Ortmann is a further 51 points further back in third place.
The sixth round of the highly-competitive Championship will be held at the Nürburgring on August 5-7.