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.
Luis Leeds has secured the 2019 Australian Formula 4 Championship with a round to spare after recording two third place results at The Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday.
Leeds ultimately finished the series 99 points ahead of next best Hughes. In that time, he claimed nine race victories and made it to the podium every time but one.
“It’s been a long time in the making. It’s an effort from everyone around me. To finally get it done is a big weight off my shoulders,” said Leeds of the title win.
AGI Sport’s Luis Leeds has extended his championship lead, securing victory in Friday’s opening race at The Bend Motorsport Park.
Starting from the front row alongside Castrol Pole Position winner Lochie Hughes, Leeds clinched a further 25 points over runner-up Ryan Suhle.
“It was tricky, tough race. I made sure I got a good start and push as I hard as I could in those opening laps to build my lead,” Leeds said.
“Hopefully we can get another win tomorrow and wrap up this championship.”
Race Two will be live streamed at formula4.com.au from 10:05am ACST, followed by Race Three at 12:45pm.
The first national championship of 2019 will conclude this weekend, with The Bend Motorsport Park hosting the final two rounds of this year’s CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Coinciding with the championship’s first visit to South Australia, AGI Sport’s Luis Leeds holds a commanding 77-point lead over nearest rival Ryan Suhle of Team BRM. A maximum of 150 points is on offer for this weekend’s race winners – leaving Suhle, Lochie Hughes and Antonio Astuti as the remaining mathematical contenders for the title.
With a clean-sweep of round victories and Castrol Pole Positions, Luis Leeds is naturally confident heading into the final six races of the year.“It’s an awesome track,” Leeds said. “Long flowing corners, it has a good combination of slow speed ones. I think it’ll suit our car and hopefully we can win more races.”
AGI Sport’s Luis Leeds has further extended his lead in the 2019 CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship, with victory in round four at Phillip Island.
Leeds, who clinched round three honours on Saturday, excelled in the setting sun on Sunday to win the sixth and final race of the weekend by six seconds.
“I want to prove that I’m one of the best drivers here in Australia and I’m worthy of going back overseas. I really hope not only Supercar teams but TCR teams, GT teams, F1 teams… I want them all to know that.”