30 DRIVERS AND NINE TEAMS ARE READY TO BATTLE IN THE FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP

30 DRIVERS AND NINE TEAMS ARE READY TO BATTLE IN THE  FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP

Two weeks before the first collective tests, the Formula Renault Eurocup is assured of having 30 young and talented drivers for the 2017 season. Defending their chances on Europe’s finest circuits, they also represent nine of the most respected teams in motorsport.

Spread among nine teams, the 30 title contenders will come together on March 15 at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours for the tests which will kick off a campaign that will take them to 10 European tracks, including Pau and Monaco.

LUIS SIGNS FOR 2017 NZ CASTROL TOYOTA RACING SERIES

LUIS SIGNS FOR 2017 NZ CASTROL TOYOTA RACING SERIES

One of Australia’s brightest young single-seater hopes, Luis Leeds, is heading across the Tasman to compete in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series which starts at Ruapuna near Christchurch on January 14.

Sixteen year-old Leeds, who’s currently based in Milton Keynes, has just finished a successful season competing in the British Formula 4 Championship. Leeds finished third in the Championship with three wins and another eight podiums to his name.

LUIS SIGNS WITH JOSEF KAUFMANN RACING IN 2017

LUIS SIGNS WITH JOSEF KAUFMANN RACING IN 2017

Driver Luis Leeds has signed to race for Josef Kaufmann Racing in 2017.

Luis will race in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and NEC Series and will be based from the UK.

Josef Kaufmann Racing is known as a solid producer of Formula 1 talent.

It is one of the world's most awarded and professional racing outfits, with current Formula 1 stars Nico Hülkenberg, Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Gutiérrez and Sébastien Buemi all having raced for the team.

LUIS CLAIMS THIRD IN FIRST F4 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

LUIS CLAIMS THIRD IN FIRST F4 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

Luis Leeds went into the last weekend of the British Formula 4 season with a chance of taking the championship but the cards didn't fall his way and the 16-year-old Australian couldn't move forward in the points table after the final round at Brands Hatch.

It was nevertheless a great season for the Red Bull Junior, winning races so far from his home in Melbourne. "It has been a great year, very tough but very worth it," explained Leeds. "I am very proud of what we have done, proud of the Arden team who gave me everything, a really great bunch of people, I can't thank them enough."

TITLE RACE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE

TITLE RACE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE

In Race 1, Leeds fought his way back up to 10th, but the Red Bull Junior now sits 36 points adrift of championship leader Fielding with just 50 up for grabs tomorrow.

“This title is going to go down to the wire.”

Said a resolute Leeds: “I’ve had so many things happen this year, but I will be giving it my all to take the fight to Fielding and Fewtrell. I’ve got nothing to lose and I’m coming for them.”

LUIS CHASES TITLE TO FINAL ROUND

LUIS CHASES TITLE TO FINAL ROUND

Three races over the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will decide the British F4 championship this coming weekend and Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds knows that he can take the title. It will be a huge battle and he has a 19 point deficit but there are 75 points to be won.

"Yes sure, it's an exciting week for me, my two title contenders less than 20 in front. In fact there are five or six of us that can still win the title and I am in the middle of them," enthuses the 16-year-old Australian with his usual huge smile.

"I'm just concentrating on going after the title, the dream is there, it's up to me to grab it. It's great that the final is on the GP track at Brands, an iconic circuit."

British F4 set for title showdown

British F4 set for title showdown

This weekend sees the finale to the 2016 F4 British Championship, with Luis well in contention to take the title.

The 2016 F4 British Championship has been the antithesis to the claim that “single-seater racing is boring” and the 2016 instalment reaches its climax with six drivers from four teams in title contention.

Leeds arrives at Brands Hatch with one more win to his name than Fewtrell. The Red Bull Junior has excelled behind the wheel. His Achilles heel has been qualifying, but a pole position and front row grid slot at Silverstone suggests his luck may have changed at just the right moment.

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR LUIS AT SILVERSTONE

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR LUIS AT SILVERSTONE

Fast all the way through the weekend, Luis Leeds is now just 19 points off the lead of the British F4 championship after the penultimate round at Silverstone.

The Red Bull Junior should have been even closer, with an all podium weekend, but for a puncture in Race 1.

"Yes," enthused the 16-year-old Australian.

"It was a pretty good weekend, we proved our speed and now are a lot closer to the front of the championship, closer than we've been since the unlucky weekend at Oulton."

LUIS SETS SIGHTS ON TITLE CHASE AT SILVERSTONE

LUIS SETS SIGHTS ON TITLE CHASE AT SILVERSTONE

A very determined Luis Leeds heads to Silverstone this weekend for the penultimate round of the British F4 Championship and the 16-year-old Australian has his thoughts totally on the title chase.

"There are 75 points on offer at each round for the perfect weekend," explained the Red Bull Junior. "No one has ever managed that but there is plenty to aim for and I am 35 behind the leader."

ANOTHER PODIUM FOR LUIS AT ROCKINGHAM

ANOTHER PODIUM FOR LUIS AT ROCKINGHAM

A second place in the reverse grid Race 2 at Rockingham means that 16-year-old Australian Luis Leeds is still third in the British F4 title chase with just two events and six races remaining.

Never one to dodge the issue the Red Bull Junior laid it out. "We had a tough weekend, not easy, far from it in fact. Again, like at Knockhill it was a wet qualifying, well it started wet, drying out then wet again. I had the chance of two dry laps and I messed up one of them, spun into the wall in fact."

FULL NOISE AS LUIS CHARGES TO ROCKINGHAM

FULL NOISE AS LUIS CHARGES TO ROCKINGHAM

Luis Leeds jumped from fifth to second in the British Formula 4 championship with a brilliant weekend last time out in Knockhill. The 16-year-old Australian proved two things: One; he is a major title contender and Two; it is very close at the top of the points table.

“I think that there are eight of us in the hunt for the title,” enthused the Red Bull Junior looking forward to the three races at Rockingham this weekend. “It seems to get more intense every weekend and I think this one will be the toughest so far.”

LUIS GRABS STUNNING KNOCKHILL VICTORY

LUIS GRABS STUNNING KNOCKHILL VICTORY

KNOCKHILL 14 AUGUST, 2016 – Luis Leeds stood on the top step of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford podium for the third time this season after a perfect drive from pole.

Said a beaming Leeds: “We’ve had a tough run of things lately, but we’ve worked so hard as a team, but the car feels pretty perfect this weekend. We’re really on it and really starting to get things together now so we can be a real contender for this championship.

LUIS HEADS NORTH TO KNOCKHILL

LUIS HEADS NORTH TO KNOCKHILL

The F4 British Championship visits its most northern circuit this weekend with three races at Knockhill and Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds can't wait to get started with the special challenge.

"The track is a real roller coaster, I did enough laps back in March to know where it goes and it is just amazing," explained the Arden driver. "It is hard to describe how the elevation and camber changes effect all the six corners, you need huge commitment to put in a good lap and that is going to be so important in qualifying, we always say that but here more than ever."

LUIS SCORES WELL AT SNETTERTON

LUIS SCORES WELL AT SNETTERTON

Another solid weekend for Luis Leeds in British F4 and while the 16-year-old Australian wanted more from the Snetterton event he remains within fighting distance of the championship lead, 29 points off with 12 races remaining.

"Not the greatest weekend," admitted the Red Bull Junior. "But we had really good pace all the way and we just have to turn that into better results and more points. In the last race I was catching the leaders, but ran out of time."

BLUE SKY VICTORY IN SYDNEY

BLUE SKY VICTORY IN SYDNEY

DREAM Motorsport driver Luis Leeds has come through a highly successful Round 3 of the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park, with the DREAM and Red Bull Junior team driver taking his maiden victory in Race 3.

Winner Leeds said after the race, 'its awesome to be back racing in Oz and full credit to DREAM, they set up the car perfectly, its been a while since I've seen blue skies like this...awesome'.

LUIS GRABS LAP RECORD DURING ONE-OFF RETURN TO AUS F4

LUIS GRABS LAP RECORD DURING ONE-OFF RETURN TO AUS F4

Luis has made a sensational return to Australia by breaking the Formula 4 lap record at Sydney Motorsport Park during Friday practice.

Luis is competing as a one-off appearance in the Sydney race this weekend for DREAM Motorsport, during his summer break in duties as a Red Bull Junior Team driver and competing in the British F4 Championship.

VISIT TO RED BULL HEADQUARTERS IN AUSTRIA

Following his win at Croft in the British F4 championship in the UK only days ago, Luis has taken a flying visit to the Red Bull headquarters in Salzburg, Austria. On the agenda was a full photo shoot where Luis proudly stood by the very latest Red Bull Formula 1 car and alongside fellow Red Bull Junior Team members. With the formalities done, it was time for some fun including an inspection of the Red Bull plane and headquarters.

WIN - LUIS TRIUMPHS AT CROFT

WIN - LUIS TRIUMPHS AT CROFT

Luis Leeds was calm and composed out front to take a brilliant win for TRS Arden in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at the Croft Circuit on Sunday. It is his second win of the season. Said a jubilant Leeds: “It was a really interesting race with what happened at the start. I had to avoid the contact and tried to maintain my gap to Zane. I tried to pull out a gap in the first two laps and knew from there I could control the pace".