Hughes Quickest In Formula 4 Opener

Team BRM driver Lochie Hughes was the fastest driver in the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship’s first practice session at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The CAMS Rising Star driver was the only driver in the 2:02 bracket, and was three-tenths quicker than AGI Sport’s Luis Leeds around the Albert Park Circuit.

Hughes’ teammate Ryan Suhle was third quickest ahead of his former teammate and 2018 Champion Jayden Ojeda.

Tommy Smith also impressed to be within the top five drivers, and ahead of New Zealander Taylor Cockerton who was the fastest international aboard the MTEC Motorsport prepared Formula 4.

Making his Formula 4 debut this weekend, Jackson Burton also impressed to be seventh ahead of teammates Josh Smith and Antonio Astuti.

Patrizicorse’s Jackson Walls crept into the top ten, with teammate Aaron Zerefos in the final position in 18th after a spin in the opening minutes causing the solitary red flag for the session.

Teams will reconvene ahead of the Castrol Pole Position, with Australian Formula 4 qualifying again on Thursday from 2:30pm.

Practice Results

  1. Lochie Hughes (Team BRM) 2:02.7758
  2. Luis Leeds (AGI Sport) +0.3783
  3. Ryan Suhle (Team BRM) +1.6032
  4. Jayden Ojeda (AGI Sport) +1.8969
  5. Tommy Smith (Team BRM) +2.0269
  6. Taylor Cockerton (MTEC) +2.1420
  7. Jackson Burton (AGI Sport) +2.1745
  8. Josh Smith (AGI Sport) +3.3475
  9. Antonio Astuti (AGI Sport) +3.4425
  10. Jackson Walls (Patrizicorse) +5.2447
  11. Matt Holmes (JRD) +5.9060
  12. Heath Collinson (JRD) +6.4471
  13. Ryan Yardley (MTEC) +10.3424
  14. Dylan Thomas (Tank Motorsport) +10.5893
  15. Christian Lester (Rossoverde) +11.0839
  16. Brenton Griguol (Team BRM) +13.8154
  17. Emerson Harvey (Team BRM) +14.7841
  18. Aaron Zerefos (Patrizicorse) +24.8713