Three 2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship graduates have completed a successful debut weekend in Britain’s Ford MSA Formula.
Luis Leeds, Zane Goddard and Harry Hayek tackled the legendary Brands Hatch circuit for the opening round of the year for the MSA Formula, which races in near identical machinery to the Australian variant.
Red Bull Junior Team pilot Leeds achieved his best result on Sunday, crossing the chequered flag in second by just 0.387s behind race winner Petru Florescu.
“Yes it’s fantastic, a great way to start. The Arden guys have had the car hooked up all weekend and all credit to them,” Leeds said to redbulljuniorteam.com
“So now we’ve just got to keep the momentum going, carry the great pace through testing and this weekend into the rest of the year.”
Double R pilot Goddard kept within the top ten across the weekend, with a stunning fourth place in a wet Race Two being the best result for the Gold Coast teen.
A string of ninth and eighth place finishes in races one and three sees Goddard sit ninth in the standings.
Jamun Racing’s Harry Hayek achieved equal best finishes of 11th across races two and three, with the New South Welshman equal 13th in the championship standings.
Leeds sits fifth in the championship standings, and the Arden driver has every reason to be happy with the weekend.
“I think the most important thing from this weekend was to get a decent haul of points which we have definitely done. We’ve been working so hard during the winter. The car has been perfect and Arden are doing a great job,” Leeds said.
The young Victorian is enjoying the challenge of his European adventure, even after the making the life changing move to Europe at 16 years of age.
“I’m just loving it, not homesick at all, why would I be, it was 15 degrees yesterday, almost tropical!,” he laughed.
The next round for the MSA Formula is at Donington Park on April 16–17.
Leeds: Qualifying 4th, Race One 4th, Race Two 9th, Race Three 2nd.
Goddard: Qualifying 10th, Race One 9th, Race Two 4th, Race Three 8th
Hayek: Qualifying 15th, Race One 14th, Race Two 11th, Race Three 11th