AGI Sport’s Luis Leeds has continued his crushing one-lap form to clinch his fourth consecutive Castrol Pole Position for the 2019 CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship.
With this weekend’s Phillip Island round a double-round event across six races, Leeds will have the upper-hand starting the opening races for rounds three and four from pole position.
“That’s pretty good. Same story as always, AGI Sport gave me a perfect car for both Castrol Poles,” Leeds said.
“We’ve been working hard since Sydney, so I’m glad our results reflect that. There’s a lot on stake this weekend, so it’s important to get wins in the races and see where we are the end of the round.”
CAMS Rising Star Lochie Hughes will join Leeds on the front row for the weekend’s first and fourth races, with Race One to be held on Friday. Hughes narrowly missed out on breaking Leeds’ streak by three-hundredths of a second in round four’s qualifying battle.
“We don’t have a staggered grid in F4, so getting pole isn’t as critical but you do want to say you got pole,” Hughes said.
“So to miss out by three-hundredths hurts but we’ve got a race this afternoon. Hopefully we ca have a clean race, fun battle, and get a good result for Team BRM and my sponsors Leipzig Australia and Orbit Travel.”
It was a near identical result across both qualifying sessions for Ryan Suhle and Emerson Harvey of Team BRM, who start both opening races from third and fourth respectively. It was a strong showing for Harvey, who this weekend claims his career best qualifying position.
Sydney race winner Antonio Astuti has been chasing pace since Friday’s opening practice session, with a best result of fifth in round four’s qualifying session. Equally eager to chase time is Patrizicorse’s Jackson Walls, who starts both races from seventh.
In his first competitive Formula 4 appearance since Gold Coast 2016, Harry Hayek returned to a familiar Team BRM squad this weekend to qualify fifth and sixth in both rounds. Debutant Christian Mansell will start both races from the rear of grid, but was only a second off the pole benchmark set by his teammate Leeds.
Race One at 3:40pm AEST will round out Friday’s action at the Shannons Nationals, with round three to conclude on Saturday afternoon. Round three’s final race and all of round four will be streamed live and free at formula4.com.au