Aberdein ready for the Gulf

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

SOUTH Africa’s Ger­man ADAC For­mula 4 rookie Jonathan Aberdein ended his Ger­man ADAC For­mula 4 rookie sea­son on a pos­i­tive note with a strong sixth in the sec­ond heat, which put a pos­i­tive spin on an oth­er­wise try­ing week­end at the Hock­en­heim fi­nale.

The bal­ance for Jonathan’s Hock­en­heim week­end was dif­fi­cult to say the least, af­ter a tur­bocharger prob­lem ru­ined his qual­i­fy­ing to see him start 21st af­ter show­ing good pace in free prac­tice. Aberdein nonethe­less fought back up to 15th in race one be­fore con­tact with an­other car re­sulted in rear sus­pen­sion dam­age, which caused him to drop back to fin­ish 23rd.

His qual­i­fy­ing is­sues also af­fected the fi­nal race grid, where he started 23rd be­fore mak­ing his way up the field, only to be struck from be­hind and suf­fer a punc­ture. Jonathan pit­ted to change a tyre and re­joined to end 27th. He ended up 14th in the over­all cham­pi­onship stand­ings and a handy sixth in the Rookie rank­ings.

“My rookie year has been a very good one,” Aberdein said. “We have made good progress, learned so much and built a strong foun­da­tion for my sin­gle­seater ca­reer.

“Now I can’t wait for the UAE win­ter series and for what we have planned for next year — watch this space for news on that in the next few months.”

Jonathan now heads to the Gulf for the For­mula 4 UAE cham­pi­onships over 18 races and six rounds start­ing at the Yas Ma­rina Grand Prix cir­cuit in Abu Dhabi Oc­to­ber 28-29 and end­ing back there in March 2017.

PHOTO: MOTORSPORT ME­DIA

Jonathan Aberdein, SA’s rooky racer in the Ger­man ADAC For­mula 4 series has proven his met­tle.

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