It was a day of firsts for AGI Sport’s Jayden Ojeda, claiming victory in Saturday’s Race One after earlier securing the Castrol Pole Position award.
The result even came as a surprise to Ojeda after dropping back at the race start, initially losing the lead to Aaron Love and Ryan Suhle.
“Yeah my race was pretty eventful,” Ojeda said.
“I stalled off the line, so then I had to try to get back to reverse, get back to first and then try to take off before lights went out.
“Missed the start a little bit so I fell back a bit, but then I was able to have a good race to come back through.”
The New South Welshman stormed through the pack though to make amends, and led championship leader Cameron Shields home by 2.6 seconds.
“I got a really good start but Jayden stalled in front of me so it wrecked my run,” Shields said.
“Went back to fourth in the early stages of the race but picked up the car, got some really good speed towards the end and got back up to second.
Love consolidated the final place on the podium, and was only 0.2 seconds behind Shields come the chequered flag and a further four seconds ahead of fourth placed Ryan Suhle.
“It was a bit tough, I had a few battles with Jayden Ojeda, Cameron Shields and Ryan Suhle,” Love said.
“We had really good pace but towards the end, the car lost a bit of its edge. So I ended up falling back and trying to have a fight with Cameron, as well as keep the tyres, but I’m really happy with the start I made.
“We’ll move on tomorrow and try to make a bigger impression.”
Burson Auto Parts Rookie leader Lochie Hughes made amends after qualifying to finish fifth, ahead of fellow rookies Zayd Tones and Jackson Walls – all of whom had a stint in fifth place.
“Race one was a bit of a crazy race,” Hughes said.
“We were three wide going through the first corner and I was stuck on the outside, so I had to let them hold the position and came through.
“Slowly the car was getting better and I was catching up to everyone in front of me, and ended up finishing fifth with the good battle with Zayd in the end – really happy.”
Antonio Astuti found further pace to finish eighth, the local Victorian’s best place finish so far this season ahead of Josh Smith and Ardie Jonic securing the final point in his Australian Formula 4 debut.
The field will encounter a further two races on Sunday, with free online live streaming from the Shannons Nationals available on formula4.com.au.
Race One Results
- Jayden Ojeda – AGI Sport
- Cameron Shields – Team BRM +2.6447
- Aaron Love – Team BRM +2.8993
- Ryan Suhle – AGI Sport +6.6907
- Lochie Hughes – Team BRM +15.2652
- Zayd Tones – Team BRM +15.7063
- Jackson Walls – Patrizicorse +28.1206
- Antonio Astuti – Astuti Motorsport +30.7979
- Josh Smith – Team BRM +32.1772
- Ardie Jonic – AGI Sport +42.4447
- Thomas Smith – Team BRM +1:07.7557
Race Two: 9:40am AEST (12 laps)
Race Three: 12:35pm AEST (12 laps)
Castrol Pole Position Results
- Jayden Ojeda – AGI Sport – 1:33.3771
- Ryan Suhle – AGI Sport +0.3626
- Cameron Shields – Team BRM +0.5877
- Aaron Love – Team BRM +0.7027
- Zayd Tones – Team BRM +1.2652
- Jackson Walls – Patrizicorse +1.2707
- Lochie Hughes – Team BRM +1.2764
- Josh Smith – Team BRM +1.4927
- Thomas Smith – Team BRM +1.9904
- Antonio Astuti – Astuti Motorsport +2.3542
- Ardie Jonic – AGI Sport +2.4998