What a difference a day makes for Ojeda

After retiring from Saturday’s opening race, Jayden Ojeda has well and truly made amends with victory in Sunday’s Round Five opener at Winton Motor Raceway.

Ojeda aggressively grabbed the lead from the Castrol Pole Position sitter Cameron Shields at turn two, and from there led the remaining 12 laps.

“We didn’t start the weekend off too strongly, but we’ve come back and hit it back hard,” Ojeda said.

“It was pretty close between Ryan and I, it was just down to whoever put down the least mistakes. Luckily we managed to keep our nose in front, but it’s great for the team to get another one-two finish as well.”

Ojeda traded fastest laps throughout the race with teammate Ryan Suhle, and the two relished racing in the warming conditions.

“That was a fantastic race, we started from third which wasn’t where we want to be in qualifying,” Suhle said.

“We moved forward from there, and that was a really fun race. It was pretty much 12 laps of just pushing and pushing. It was so cold, the tyres were just getting warmer and warmer, it was purple sectors between both of us. I loved it, so much fun.”

Patrizicorse and Jackson Walls were ecstatic to claim their first podium result in their respective Australian Formula 4 histories. Starting from seventh on the grid, Walls made an electric getaway at the start of the race, and finished third ahead of his Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year rival Lochie Hughes.

“I’m really happy, couldn’t be happier where and how I did it. Starting from P7, getting an awesome start, going through the field all through lap one, and just holding it for the rest of the race,” Walls said.

“The pressure was on for sure. I had to do my best and put the fastest lap I could through, and just be consistent. Luckily I did, held them off and got third place.”

Starting from the Castrol Pole Position, Cameron Shields endured a difficult 12 laps after running onto the grass at turn four on the opening lap. It was a drive of damage limitation for Shields, fighting back to seventh ahead of his teammate Thomas Smith.

Two more races remain for today’s fifth round of the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship, with a free live stream available at formula4.com.au.

Provisional Race One Results – Round Five
1. Jayden Ojeda – AGI Sport
2. Ryan Suhle +1.3290
3. Jackson Walls +11.1033
4. Lochie Hughes +11.4224
5. Aaron Love +11.7977
6. Antonio Astuti +15.5199
7. Cameron Shields +21.1358
8. Thomas Smith +21.1358
9. Zayd Tones +22.7434
10. Ardie Jonic +30.0772
11. Josh Smith +30.9273