#26 Luis Leeds (AUS – Arden Mygale-Ford)
MSA Formula: 5th – 68 points – after 6 of 30 races
Luis Leeds and the Arden team are heading for Thruxton for this weekend’s races in the British F4 championship. There has been a name change from MSA Formula and the full title is actually; F4 British Championship certified by FIA –powered by Ford.
The racing is unchanged and the team is more than ready. “We did a free practice at Thruxton back in April,” explains Leeds who lies fifth in the title chase after the first 6 of 30 races.
“We might have a few set up changes due to the weather changing quite a lot. It was very cold then and the forecast for this weekend is 24 degrees so a bit different. I’ll feel right at home, I’ll have my singlet on, thongs, the whole bit,” grins the 16-year-old Australian who was second quickest back in early April. “The Arden crew know what they are doing and will have a great set up for the warmer weather, they always seem to get it right.”
While the Arden team have all the experience required to give him the right car Leeds is very happy to accept that he is learning. “We’ve done a good bit of simulator training, working on a few driver tweaks, developing new techniques,” he explains. “I’ve got a relatively smooth driving style and there are times with these cars that you need to be more aggressive and we’ve been working on that.”
“I can’t wait to try it all out this weekend, it’s quite a different circuit, just two braking zones really, the rest is all very fast with lots of overtaking. I’ve been watching the videos from previous years and you can see a lot of passing possibilities. There were also a few high speed crashes as well when cars made contact so that it very much something to watch, staying out of trouble.”
Though there is no free practice at Thruxton, just track action on Saturday and Sunday, Leeds and the Arden team were working hard at Snetterton earlier in the week. “Yes it was a great test, just a few of us there but we did a lot of laps and got a lot done so we are all ready for a great weekend.”
Thruxton weekend schedule – all times UK Time
Saturday May 7th
11.35 – 11.55 Qualifying
15.05 Race 1 - 20 minutes
Sunday May 8th
12.55 Race 2 - 20 minutes
16.30 Race 3 - 20 minutes
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