Leeds Raises His Bat To 100

AGI Sport’s Luis Leeds has extended his championship lead in Sydney Motorsport Park, to be the first driver to break the 100-point barrier this year after collecting 65 across the weekend’s three races.

Leeds carried on his 2016 winning form again in 2019 to claim Castrol Pole Position and Race One yesterday, a last gasp podium in Sunday’s Race Two, and a dominant victory in the final race.

“I’ve been saying it all week, the team’s absolutely unreal,” Leeds said.

“On top of that I’ve got a great support network around me. Family, management, friends ,they’re awesome. Every week they motivate me to keep striving for glory and I think it’s shown.”

With victory in Race Two, Antonio Astuti broke through to also claim his first career round podium in Formula 4 to join his AGI Sport teammate Leeds on the podium as runner-up for the round.

“It feels awesome. Following the Grand Prix I was really hungry to put the car in one of the top three steps, primarily the first, but I’m happy to get up here this weekend,” Astuti said.

“It was really hard fought with a few interesting races. Overall we managed the weekend well, managed to finish every race, reel in some championship points we lost at the Grand Prix. I’d like to thank the team and everyone that brought me here and I look forward to Phillip Island.”

CAMS Rising Star Lochie Hughes recovered after scoring no points in the weekend’s second race, after he and Astuti had a coming together on the opening lap. Hughes held off teammate Ryan Suhle in the final race, to cement his place on the final step of the podium from his teammate.

“Tough race, pretty disappointing round with the DNF in Race Two,” Hughes said.

“We got the maximum we could out of this weekend… happy to still get another podium.

“ We know we’re fast at Phillip Island and the bend so hopefully we can have some good results there and try to take that championship lead.”

Emerson Harvey claimed back-to-back Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round honours, with an extremely mature weekend for his second circuit race weekend.

“It’s unbelieveable to be here in the F4,” Harvey said.

“It’s my second ever race weekend and Its an honour to be racing with these top runners Luis Leeds, Antonio Astuti, Lochie Hughes.

“Next up, Phillip Island is my home track, so to speak, I’m pumped for it.”

A favourite amongst the field, Phillip Island will host the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship’s third and fourth rounds of the year – and the first double-round format of 2019 on the Shannons Nationals weekend of 7–9 June.

Sunday Race Two (Provisional)
1. Antonio Astuti
2. Ryan Suhle +0.8236
3. Luis Leeds +7.0803
4. Jackson Walls +7.1761
5. Emerson Harvey +8.6108
6. Tommy Smith +16.4142
DNF. Lochie Hughes

Sunday Race Three
1. Luis Leeds
2. Lochie Hughes +3.0118
3. Ryan Suhle +3.7345
4. Antonio Astuti +9.6897
5. Jackson Walls +15.5159
6. Emerson Harvey +20.8579
7. Tommy Smith +22.4264

Provisional Round Results
1. Luis Leeds 65
2. Antonio Astuti 52
3. Lochie Hughes 36
4. Ryan Suhle 33
5. Jackson Walls 22
6. Tommy Smith 26
7. Emerson Harvey 26

Provisional Championship Points
1. Luis Leeds: 110
2. Antonio Astuti: 85
3. Lochie Hughes: 73
4. Ryan Suhle: 70
5. Tommy Smith: 44
6. Jayden Ojeda: 35
7. Jackson Walls: 31
8. Taylor Cockerton: 31
9. Ryan Yardley: 27
10. Emerson Harvey: 26
11. Jackson Burton: 19
12. Josh Smith: 6
13. Dylan Thomas: 6