CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship leader Jayden Ojeda has clinched a further crucial 25 points in today’s opening race at Sydney Motorsport Park.
It was a lights-to-flag victory for Ojeda in the 11 lap opening race, who interrupted teammate Ryan Suhle’s streak of quickest practice and qualifying times to win over Aaron Love by two seconds.
“Ryan had enormous pace and it was unfortunate what happened to him off the start. Luckily for us that made our race a little bit easier,” Ojeda said.
“I can’t feel better any doing this at my home track like this. I’ve got my whole family and a few friends as well. Really happy with how the car was and we’ll see how we go in the reverse grid race.”
It was a less than ideal start for Castrol Pole Position winner Suhle, incurring excessive wheelspin at the start and dropping to tenth in the process.
“That was a mixed bag of emotions in that race,” Suhle said.
“We had incredible pace but I launched it off the line, got a fair bit of wheelspin over the front line that crosses the front row, pulled second gear and it just cut out. I had to turn all the mains off, come to a stop and get going again. I lost eight seconds behind the field.
“I had to get into a bit of a zone and try my best to put down some good times and improve a little bit from quali. To have pace in the reverse grid races later tomorrow.”
Love was happy to gain further points, as he seeks to stay within contention of the outright championship and seeks to climb to third overall in the standings.
With the reverse top five awaiting the field tomorrow, tyre survival was the strategy across the pit lane at the abrasive Sydney Motorsport Park surface.
“Second was a good way to finish today after finishing third in qualifying. We picked up a little bit of pace then,” Love said.
“Just didn’t quite catch Jayden in time to have a race with him. By the end there we really needed to start looking after the tyres instead of pushing on and catching.
“We still have two more races tomorrow, and they really do count. We’ll try to be more competitive tomorrow.”
Team BRM’s Lochie Hughes was in podium contention for much of the race, before the hard charging Suhle caught up through the pack. Setting quickest sectors in the process, Suhle climbed from tenth back to third.
Hughes was left to be content with fourth ahead of fellow Burson Auto Parts Rookie contender Jackson Walls of Patrizicorse.
Thomas Smith, Zayd Tones, Josh Smith, Ardie Jonic and Antonio Astuti rounded out the final top ten points paying positions.
Two races are left to run on Sunday as part of the Shannons Nationals weekend, with the races live streamed at formula4.com.au from 10:28am and 12:35pm tomorrow AEST.
Race One Results
1. Jayden Ojeda
2. Aaron Love +2.0178
3. Ryan Suhle +3.7116
4. Lochie Hughes +5.2502
5. Jackson Walls +9.7838
6. Thomas Smith + 10.0049
7. Zayd Tones +10.3060
8. Josh Smith +12.2748
9. Ardie Jonic +16.6595
10. Antonio Astuti +18.1544
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