F4 CHAMPION TESTS NEW S5000 AT PHILLIP ISLAND - WATCH VIDEO

Newly crowned Australian Formula 4 champion Luis Leeds has tested the brand new S5000 series car at Victoria’s Phillip Island circuit.

Four brand-new S5000s have turned wheels for the first time in what series organisers have declared a successful evaluation day.

The test at the flowing Victorian circuit marked the first time that multiple S5000s had been on-track at the same time, with only the prototype having previously been driven.

S5000 Round 1 will be held on the Shannons Nationals program on September 20-22, with multiple Formula 1 grand prix winner Rubens Barrichello and 2013 Pro Mazda champion Matt Brabham confirmed for starts at Sandown.

According to S5000, the new, Garry Rogers Motorsport-built cars ran ‘faultlessly’ in 20-minute sessions, although the day was cut short at around 1500 (local time/AEST) due to heavy rain.

The test was put on to give prospective customers an opportunity to sample the V8-powered weapons ahead of the inaugural round at Sandown next month.

Australian open-wheel racing outfits Team BRM and AGI Sport were present, running 2019 Formula 4 champion Luis Leeds and the latter overseeing a car driven by former A1GP driver John Martin.

“This car is a beast,” exclaimed Leeds.

Luis Leeds test the new S5000 car at Phillip Island                                                    pic supplied via Speedcafe

Luis Leeds test the new S5000 car at Phillip Island pic supplied via Speedcafe

“Phillip Island is my favourite track, and to have the opportunity to go out there, have a blast, enjoy the horsepower, the aerodynamics, it’s awesome.

“I pooped my pants when I first got in it! I was wheel spinning in fourth gear, so you have to tame the beast. I’ve driven a lot of open wheelers, cars with lots of grip, but nothing with this much horsepower.

“They also have so much performance under brakes. They blew my mind, because they do things that you feel aren’t possible, so it was really cool.”

Martin, who is also a competitor in this year’s first ever TCR Australia season, hopes to add S5000 to his program.

“Phillip Island is usually really cool to drive, but in a car like S5000, this place comes alive,” he said.

“I had a couple of runs this morning, and it was mega. This car is so much fun to drive. Everyone here has had a pretty good day. It has gone really well.

“I’m reasonably close to locking in Sandown. I want to be there, but in this sport, nothing is done until it is signed.

“I need to work on a few things to get some support. I definitely want to be there. I’m 50 percent sure that I’ll be there – I just need to work on a few things to make it happen.”

Superbike rider Beau Beaton and European Le Mans Series race winner Ricky Capo also got behind the wheel during the day.

S5000 Round 1 will be held on the Shannons Nationals program on September 20-22, with multiple Formula 1 grand prix winner Rubens Barrichello and 2013 Pro Mazda champion Matt Brabham confirmed for starts at Sandown.