Lochie Hughes and Ryan Suhle have broken Luis Leeds’ Castrol Pole Position stranglehold for 2019 to claim pole for rounds five and six at The Bend Motorsport Park.
Despite a valiant attempt in the opening qualifying session by Antonio Astuti to go out on slicks, Hankook wets were the order of the day.
The leading order changed throughout the 20 minute session, before Hughes prevailed to be almost half a second faster than championship leader, Leeds.
“It was great to get a Castrol pole and start off the front row for race one,” Hughes said.
“No points for pole position, so we’ve got to make sure we get the best out of the races. It’s such a fast track, you get a lot of aquaplaning but it’s fun.”
Jackson Walls will start race one from third position alongside his now fellow Asian F3 Series rival Tommy Smith. Emerson Harvey edged out his experienced teammate Ryan Suhle to qualify fifth, with Suhle encountering a broken wishbone in the opening qualifying session.
A quick fix to the rear of the Suhle car saw the Team BRM driver claim his sixth career Formula 4 pole position for round six.
“It was good to get another pole in that car again,” Suhle said.
“This is the most fun track in the wet that we go to… all the fast corners, right handers, it’s just awesome.”
Leeds will again start alongside Suhle on the front row, with round five pole winner Hughes starting from third alongside Astuti.
The opening race for round five will commence on Friday from 4:10pm ACST.
Saturday and Sunday’s action will be live streamed on formula4.com.au.
Castrol Pole Position: Round Five
1. Lochie Hughes – 2:10.0074
2. Luis Leeds +0.4018
3. Jackson Walls +0.6797
4. Tommy Smith +0.9000
5. Emerson Harvey +4.9068
6. Ryan Suhle +11.6035
7. Antonio Astuti +12.9037
Castrol Pole Position: Round Six
1. Ryan Suhle – 2:12.5929
2. Luis Leeds +0.3920
3. Lochie Hughes +0.6029
4. Antonio Astuti +1.0788
5. Tommy Smith +1.2051
6. Jackson Walls +2.0607
7. Emerson Harvey +4.0725