Jayden Ojeda has become the all-time record holder of race wins in a CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship season, claiming his 11th win of 2018 and his 2nd at Sydney Motorsport Park this morning.
It was a scintillating race, with the grid determined by the reverse top five from yesterday’s opening race. Jackson Walls started from pole position, but championship aspirant Aaron Love got a superb launch to lead the field into turn one.
Ryan Suhle endured a wild ride to spin out on the approach to turn eight on the opening lap, once again dropping to tenth and having to climb his way up the field. Ojeda nearly followed Suhle off into the grass, but managed to hold on track.
Ojeda’s pressure got to Love on lap six, as the Team BRM driver started to consider saving the state of his tyres for today’s final race.
“I’ve just been told I’m the record holder for 11 race wins in a season. That’s an amazing accomplishment for AGI Sport,” Ojeda said.
“Race Two was crazy! I started fifth, got up to about fourth when Ryan and I were side-by-side for that first lap. Then we went up to turn seven, and we both pushed in too hard. I think he pushed a bit harder than I did and he fell off the track. I got two wheels off the track, he went around, I was close to collecting him.
“Managed to pick them off one by one, but they didn’t make it easy for me.”
Love was pleased to walk away with another consistent haul of points, but will be aiming to race hard for the win in today’s third and final race.
“I got a really good start which I was happy with,” Love said.
“I held off Jayden for a few laps but he caught back up to us. There were a few good fights on there but he got past with about six laps to go. I tried to stick close to him but he pulled out a gap. I had to start tyre conservation mode to keep the tyre life for the next race.
Patrizicorse’s Jackson Walls made another podium appearance, though it wasn’t an easy ride for the New South Welshman. Immense pressure from Lochie Hughes saw the two racing wheel-to-wheel, although an error by Hughes saw the Burson Auto Parts Rookie leader drop to fifth in the race.
Walls then had the hard charging Suhle eyeing off his third place, with Walls hanging on for the podium by just 0.1 second over Suhle.
“It was probably my favourite race of the year so far,” Walls said.
“It was so good, fighting all the way through the race. I somehow managed to keep third right at the end.”
The third and final race at Sydney Motorsport Park will take place at approximately 12:35pm AEST, with a free live stream available at formula4.com.au
Race Two Results
1. Jayden Ojeda
2. Aaron Love +5.0817
3. Jackson Walls +11.6395
4. Ryan Suhle +11.7384
5. Lochie Hughes +13.2004
6. Zayd Tones +21.1835
7. Antonio Astuti +22.2883
8. Josh Smith +25.9772
9. Thomas Smith +27.7882
DNF. Ardie Jonic