Luis Leeds Wins First British F4 Race

2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 graduate Luis Leeds has become the first Australian to win a British F4 race, after claiming a scintillating win in Race 2 at Thruxton on Sunday.

After a storming drive from 10th to 5th in Race 1, the young Victorian started Race 2 from 3rd on the grid.

“Race 2 was a lot of fun, I knew I had to go for it from the start and from 3rd on the grid I passed 2 round the outside at one corner and that was it,” Leeds said.

Despite two safety car periods, Leeds crossed the line to win by 2.683 seconds over Jamie Caroline.

“I thought I might get robbed as there were a couple of safety car periods so I really had to make sure my restarts were good, there were a couple of fast guys behind me wanting to pass but I stuck at it.”

Thruxton (ENG) MAY 6-8 2016 - Third round of the British Formula 4 championship at Thruxton Circuit. Luis Leeds, #26.

It was also the first victory of the season for his team TRS Arden and the first ever for the Red Bull Junior Team in British F4.

“It was great to get that first win,” Leeds enthused.

“We’ve had podiums already but that certainly makes a difference. Especially as it gave us the lead in the points.”

Thruxton (ENG) MAY 6-8 2016 - Third round of the British Formula 4 championship at Thruxton Circuit. Luis Leeds, #26.

Leeds has shot up the drivers’ standings to now become joint championship leader, alongside Sennan Fielding, on 109 points.

Fellow Australian Formula 4 graduates Zane Goddard and Harry Hayek also enjoyed a thrilling Race 2 on Sunday.

Hayek climbed as high as 5th place before fellow Australian Goddard claimed the place off Hayek. Goddard later secured a 6th place in the final race of the weekend, ahead of Leeds who crossed the line 7th.

British F4 will next visit Oulton Park on June 4–5, with the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship to next race at Sydney Motorsport Park on July 1–3.