After a less than ideal start in the opening round at Symmons Plains, AGI Sport’s Jayden Ojeda has had a meteoric comeback to win six of the last nine races so far in the 2018 CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship.
That opening round in Tasmania was ultimately won by Cameron Shields, Ojeda’s nearest championship rival at the moment who is 25 points adrift, but fourth outright in Tasmania was no cause for alarm at such an early point in the year.
“To try to cop that on the chin and move on was a bit hard. We got all of our bearings in a bunch and we moved on from that… It was just a matter of putting it all together for the next round,” Ojeda said.
“Then we went to Phillip Island and I mean you couldn’t ask for a better weekend. Clean sweeped the weekend with the Castrol Pole Position as well… then to come here [Queensland Raceway] and have another strong weekend as well, it’s really put us back in that championship hunt.”
Ojeda is all too familiar racing with Shields and is certainly under no illusions of how tough the competition is in Formula 4 this season.
“The field was always going to be close. I raced against Cameron last year, so I knew he was a good steerer,” Ojeda said.
“To have Ryan [Suhle] as well who had done it last year, it was always going to be tight. I just didn’t understand how tight it was.
“We came into this round here at Queensland Raceway only three points or two points separating all three of us, so at the halfway point in the championship or close to it you couldn’t really ask for a tighter championship.
“A long way still to go until then and we just keep trying to piece away at it and see how it all pans out for us.”
Though Ojeda’s teammate Suhle is another fancied championship contender, Ojeda rates the Queenslander as his favourite driver amongst the field.
“We share the same engineer. It’s good that we have a good relationship so we can get along really well,” Suhle said.
“Nothing is ever taken too seriously, but nothing’s ever always a joke as well. Everything’s always taken into consideration and we can bounce ideas off each other, which is really good.
“You need something like that, I believe, in a team to be successful but also just to be happy.”
The CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship returns to the track for rounds four and five, with six races to be held, across the Shannons Nationals weekend at Winton on 1–2 September.