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06/08/2017

German F4: a virus ruined a weekend for Kami Laliberté

Nurburg, Germany, August 6, 2017 – Young Canadian driver Kami Laliberté completed today his fifth weekend of activities in the 2017 German Formula 4 championship, on the renowned Nurburgring German circuit. It was a shortened round since the Van Amersfoort Racing driver wasn’t feeling well and had to remain off the track on Friday, missing the precious free practice sessions. Consequently, his Saturday with the scheduled qualifying session and the first of the three weekend races, did not produce the kind of results the Montreal born driver would have expected.

Back to the circuit this morning for the first event of the day, the driver of the number 83 single-seater had to start from the 8th row, as he did yesterday afternoon. In the race, fighting for position with another driver, Laliberté, like all other entrants, saw his event ending on the 8th lap following an incident involving German Cedric Piro, a break failure having send him off track before hitting violently a tire barrier. For this very short race, the Canadian driver has been classified 17th. Then, early in the afternoon, not feeling well again, Laliberté had to give up, deciding not to pursue and enter the final race of the weekend.

"I definitely caught a virus that finally ruined my trip to the Nurburgring, a track that I always enjoy racing. Yesterday I felt weakened, but sufficiently fit to qualify and enter the afternoon race. This morning I was not feeling very good once again, but I still wanted to be at the start of the second event. We will never know how far I could have gone up the ranks since the race was stopped after only eight laps, said the young Canadian driver. At lunch time, again I start feeling weak and it was wiser to give up and renounce to the last race since also, it was scheduled for a late afternoon start. It's a weekend I will surely forget, "concluded briefly the Van Amersfoort Racing driver.

With this weekend made dissatisfying by an unfortunate virus, Laliberté has receded somewhat in the series standings. But he does have two other rounds, scheduled for two consecutive weekends in mid- September to regain ground. Indeed, the German Formula 4 championship drivers will return to the track on September 15, 16 and 17 at the Sachsenring, in the eastern part of the country and near the border with the Czech Republic, before concluding their season the following weekend on another legendary German course, the Hockenheimring.

At any time, one can learn more about the German championship at www.adac-motorsport.de, about the VAR team at www.vanamersfoortracing.nl and about Kami Laliberté at www.kamilaliberte.com.