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