Jayden Ojeda has won his third CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship round of 2018, with two race victories on Sunday at Winton Motor Raceway.
After a difficult Saturday for Round Four of the championship, Ojeda has found himself with a 21-point lead after Sunday’s three races.
Ojeda was relieved to leave the Winton double-round with his championship aspirations on track ahead of the next round in Sydney.
“Saturday wasn’t ideal but Sunday we’ve come back strong and better, which is a great feeling,” Ojeda said.
“Getting the round win and two wins on the Sunday has topped off what started as a not so great weekend – but now it’s turned into a great weekend for us.
“Good spirits for AGI Sport going into Sydney Motorsport Park in a couple of weeks. It’s one of the best tracks, I really like it. One factor is that it’s only fifteen minutes away from my home, so I get to go home to a nice warm bed that I know and have mum cook me some dinner.”
Team BRM’s Aaron Love returned to the podium for Round Five, on a day where he also clinched his first career race win in Race Two.
Love paid credit to his Team BRM mechanics for rebuilding his car, after having a severe collision at Winton last week during a test day.
“The boys worked really hard over the week to get the car back together after a bit of an incident at the last test day. We came back strong in the second round on Sunday,” Love said.
“It’s been really good, my first race win and ended up second for the round… it was a massive relief to get that off the list. It felt really good.”
Saturday’s Round Four winner Ryan Suhle was content with third on the podium, and despite his own mixed fortunes across the double-round weekend, has found himself second in the championship hunt.
Lochie Hughes, who also clinched his first race win on Saturday, continued his remarkable streak of five-from-five Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round awards. Despite retiring from Race Two after a collision with Suhle on the opening lap, Hughes finished the round fifth outright.
“It’s been a great round with a round podium yesterday and a race win, which was pretty amazing,” Hughes said.
“To get Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round today was a bit unexpected because I had a big crash in Race Two when I started on the front row.
“The great thing about this weekend is that I’ve developed a lot, and we’ve been really fighting with the frontrunners. Hopefully at Sydney and New Zealand we can do the same.”
Despite a string of consistent results across the weekend, Cameron Shields now sits third in the championship standings but still within striking distance of the top two.
The CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship will next visit the Shannons Nationals in only a matter of weeks, with the penultimate round of the championship to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on 21–23 September.
Provisional Round Five Results
1. Jayden Ojeda – AGI Sport: 65
2. Aaron Love – Team BRM: 47
3. Ryan Suhle – AGI Sport: 45
4. Cameron Shields – Team BRM: 42
5. Lochie Hughes – Team BRM: 22
6. Zayd Tones – Team BRM: 20
7. Antonio Astuti – Astuti Motorsport: 20
8. Jackson Walls – Patrizicorse: 18
9. Josh Smith – Team BRM: 12
10. Thomas Smith – Team BRM: 10
11. Ardie Jonic – AGI Sport: 1
Provisional Championship Standings after Round Five
1. Jayden Ojeda: 269
2. Ryan Suhle: 248
3. Cameron Shields: 242
4. Aaron Love: 217
5. Lochie Hughes: 155
6. Zayd Tones: 99
7. Jackson Walls: 96
8. Josh Smith: 62
9. Thomas Smith: 57
10. Antonio Astuti: 53
11. Ardie Jonic: 14