Sydney, Australia -
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.
Previously set by Jordan Lloyd in 2015 (1:31.6565), the returning DREAM Motorsport pilot’s 1:31.5514 was the quickest across Friday’s three practice sessions.
With Leeds enjoying a brief return home during the British F4 mid-season break, the Red Bull Junior Team driver was enjoying his time back in the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
“DREAM have had the car hooked up really to be honest. Just bring this form into tomorrow and it should be good hopefully,” Leeds said.
“It’s really good to get back, to be in Sydney with all my old mates from go karts. To be able to go out and have some fun and enjoy it is my main goal really.”
Fellow British F4 pilot Harry Hayek has also thrived upon his return home, with the Team BRM Laing+Simmons pilot barely a tenth behind Leeds to be also the top Team BRM placed car.
DREAM Motorsport CoolDrive’s Simon Fallon was the fastest rookie driver, despite issues with an exhaust interrupting Fallon’s first two practice sessions.
“It was a bit of a hard day, up and down,” Fallon said.
“First session didn’t really get out much because of the issues with the exhaust. Second session only got two laps out, but it was good to get the final session out of the way and just get some good laps and show we had some pace.”
Championship leader Jordan Love was left to rue Friday Practice, with the Team BRM driver only managing to be the tenth fastest driver all day.
“Probably not the best way to end the day,” Love said.
Love’s nearest championship rival Will Brown was fourth fastest overall, but ahead of his own nearest rival Nick Rowe.
Round Three of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship is an important juncture for this year’s title fight, with this round being the crucial halfway point of the season.
With Australian Formula 4 mainly featuring as a support event across various rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, this weekend’s round will be the first to be held at a weekend of the Shannons Nationals.
Three practice sessions and slightly longer Sunday races will give our group of young drivers crucial track time to further develop their race craft. Live streaming will also be available for free during Sunday’s two races.
Teams and drivers will qualify for the U Race It Pole Position tomorrow morning from 9:40am, with Race One to follow at 1:04pm for a ten lap sprint.