Ryan Suhle has claimed his second Castrol Pole Position in the 2018 CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship today at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Fastest in Friday’s practice sessions, Suhle continued his pace on fresh Hankook tyres to be 0.2 seconds ahead of teammate and championship leader Jayden Ojeda.
“We’ve had a fantastic Friday, and converted it again on Saturday morning. Pole by two tenths, I think our second fastest time was also faster than any other time so that’s fantastic for us,” Suhle said.
“I struggled a little bit for a couple laps navigating some traffic, but it worked out okay. I ended up with two fast laps, and an AGI Sport one-two.”
For the local New South Welshman, Ojeda was happy to start on the front row alongside his teammate.
“Ended up P2 in that one, a little bit of a gap to Ryan so we’ll tune that up,” Ojeda said.
“There’s a little bit of a gap back to third, so it’s a great result for the team. We’ll tune our car up and hopefully give a good fight to Ryan in the race.”
Fellow championship hopeful Aaron Love was the first Team BRM car home, and will start Saturday afternoon’s first race on the second row of the grid from third. Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year leader Lochie Hughes will line up alongside Love in fourth.
“Third is not too bad, just a bit too far off to liking compared to the AGI boys,” Love said.
“We’ll keep on pushing for Race One and see where we end up after tuning up the car a little bit, and seeing where I can improve. Car felt pretty good but we just need to see where we’re losing time.”
Thomas Smith broke through for his best qualifying result of 2018 in fifth, with his unrelated name sake Josh Smith in sixth. The pair were only split by 0.0016 seconds.
“It’s my best qualifying in F4 this year, I didn’t really expect it after yesterday,” Thomas said.
“We picked up a lot of time with the new tyres and I’m looking forward to starting on the third row.”
Zayd Tones, Jackson Walls, Antonio Astuti and Ardie Jonic rounded out the final ten places.
Eleven laps await the field this afternoon from 4:20pm AEST, with Sunday’s two races to be streamed live and free online at formula4.com.au as part of the Shannons Nationals coverage.
Castrol Pole Position Results
1. Ryan Suhle – 1:30.6944
2. Jayden Ojeda +0.2516
3. Aaron Love +0.8319
4. Lochie Hughes +0.9248
5. Thomas Smith +1.6649
6. Josh Smith +1.6665
7. Zayd Tones +1.7108
8. Jackson Walls +2.1706
9. Antonio Astuti +2.1706
10. Ardie Jonic +2.4507