Day 2 Wrap: Lloyd Takes Top Honours

Team BRM’s Jordan Lloyd had performed faultlessly, claiming two-from-two at Round 6 of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Phillip Island.

The Toowoomba driver qualified pole in this morning’s Qualifying, and has since not looked back.

Lloyd has now extended his lead in the championship, and picked up his 12th win in the year.

“It’s always good to reach double digits in any form of racing, and yeah we’re very happy!” Lloyd said.

“In Race 2 we started reverse grid, but I managed to get an alright start and ended up in third before the Safety Car … then Jimmy [Vernon] and Thomas [Randle] made a bit of a mistake together on that lap coming onto the straight and managed to get a tow fast and managed to get passed both of them.”

Toolforce Racing’s Jimmy Vernon had a blast on the track today, saying that the racing is the best he’s ever had – finishing second in Race 2.

“I started out of pole and it was the first time I’d ever started pole as well, and I led the field off the way and then we had a short safety car period … I led again off of the restart, Tom [Randle] made a pass on me and I had a little bit of a battle with Randle,” Vernon said.

“Lloyd then caught up to us and it turned into a three-way fight and I was behind Lloyd I was just trying to keep up with his pace, he had just that little bit extra and I’m trying to work out where it was on the track at the moment.

“Hopefully overnight we can sit down and find out where we can find that little-tiny bit to Lloyd and work on it for tomorrow, but I’ve come home second and I’m absolutely rapt.”

Thomas Randle was strong in Practice yesterday but was unable to start on the front row today, with the previous round winner finishing third in Race 1 and last in Race 2.

“The race just didn’t go to plan,” Randle said.

“I was just trying to maintain position and I had a lot of people attacking me, Will Brown and I had a bit of a dice and we finished third [in Race 2].

“We’ll see if we can improve the car.”

Rookie racer Will Brown had battles all throughout the Formula 4 pack today, finishing on the podium in both races.

“We finished third for Race 2, Luis [Leeds] and I seem to find each other on the track once again and had another great battle and luckily enough for me I came out on top,” Brown said.

“I’ll be starting off third for the final race, so hopefully we can get another good position and finish up on the podium for the weekend.”

Zane Goddard has a strong Qualifying putting himself on the front row in second, but unfortunately didn’t finish Race 2.

Luis Leeds had a strong result in Race 2, coming through the back-end of the field to finish fourth position.

Harry Hayek continued his consistent form, with the rookie coming home fourth and fifth in today’s two races.

IQ Racing’s Tom Grech had a tough day of racing, suffering from a fuel surge while coming second in Race 1, and having to start from pit lane in Race 2.

South Australian Frankie Maiolo finished a solid seventh in both races, with Jayco Dealer Team racer Caitlin Wood finishing eighth in the two heats.

The championship currently sees Lloyd four points off of the title, and could possibly take out the inaugural CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship tomorrow in Race 3.

Race 1 Results 

Jordan Lloyd 1:34.8075
Will Brown +8.0274
Thomas Randle +9.4763
Harry Hayek +10.6424
Jimmy Vernon +12.1288
Zane Goddard* +15.1769
Frankie Maiolo +18.4084
Caitlin Wood +29.4669
Tom Grech +38.1098
Luis Leeds +1 Lap

 

Race 2 Results 

Jordan Lloyd 1:34.6567
Jimmy Vernon +2.1365
Will Brown +4.0050
Luis Leeds +4.3017
Harry Hayek +5.4810
Tom Grech +5.9649
Frankie Maiolo +8.0223
Caitlin Wood +13.1386
Thomas Randle +1:28.3432
Zane Goddard DNF

 

Championship points (top ten) 

Jordan Lloyd 372
Thomas Randle 293
Luis Leeds 168
Will Brown 167
Harry Hayek 161
Jimmy Vernon 161
Nick Rowe 114
Tom Grech 89
Jordan Love 62
Zane Goddard 62