June 2016 - British F4 - CROFT -

Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds has secured a hard fought podium place during Round 5 of the F4 British Championship at Croft.

Luis Leeds on the podium at Croft

Leeds arrived at Croft with a point to prove and on a mission to get his title challenge back on track.

This determination was evident at the race start when he leapt past Max Fewtrell and kept his cool on the hectic final lap to avoid contact with DeFrancesco.

The race was won by fellow Australian Zane Goddard, with Leeds second and Romanian, Fewtrell third across the line.

After the race it was deemed that Leeds gained an unfair advantage by cutting the chicane on the final lap and he was given a 0.200s time penalty. Enough to see Fewtrell move up to second in the final classification.

Said Leeds: “It’s great to be on the podium after a tough time at Oulton Park. I had a really good start to get up to third. The safety car came in really late and I knew that was my opportunity to move forward.

I saw Devlin and Zane have a real go at each other at the first corner and was lucky to avoid Devlin. I had a real good battle with Max too who was on my tail throughout.”

Red Bull Junior Team driver Luis Leeds is seen in his British F4 at Croft

Fewtrell is another who has the F4 British Championship title in his sights. Despite losing out to Leeds off the line he put in an assured performance to claim yet another podium this season and close the gap to Petru Florescu at the top of the standings.

Added Fewtrell: “I didn’t get a great start. Luis did a really good job braking late into turn one. Towards the middle of the race I started to come back at him quite a lot and I was quite pleased with the pace. Then the safety car came out and there was a bit of chaos in turn one.

“I’m glad to get this podium after the start which wasn’t so good. Overall the race pace was really good and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Florescu’s race ended almost before it even began. The Romanian an unlucky victim of a mid-pack skirmish at the first corner. Fellow championship contenders James Pull and Sennan Fielding didn’t fare much better. The former colliding with Ayrton Simmons at the final corner on lap one and the latter forced to retire due to damage to his car.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford action continues tomorrow with Race 2 commencing at 1317 local time. Jamie Caroline will start from pole and look to be the second newcomer to the Ford EcoBoost-powered winners’ club this weekend in the live televised race on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Race 1 Croft 18 June 2016
14 laps / 29.75 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 9.253s / 88.56mph
2 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +2.402s
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +2.427s
4 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +2.760s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +5.583s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:21.254 +6.391s
7 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:21.131 +6.856s
8 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:21.383 +7.116s
9 Patrik MATTHIESEN / DEN / JTR +7.710s
10 Frank BIRD / GBR / Fortec +8.267s etc.

Fastest lap Zane Goddard 1m 20.978s / 94.47mph

Grid for Round 14 Caroline – DeFrancesco – Leeds – Fewtrell – Goddard – Martins – Martin – Pull – Matthiesen – Bird etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 158, 2 Fewtrell 154, 3 Pull 135, 4 Leeds 126, 5 DeFrancesco 121, 6 Fielding 116, 7 Caroline 105, 8 Quinn 100, 9 Martins 92, 10 Goddard 66 etc.