Red Bull Junior Team and British F4 driver Luis Leeds will be making a one-off return to the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship’s next round at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The Victorian driver, fresh from a recent British F4 race win at Croft, will be reunited with DREAM Motorsport having run with the squad in last year’s Australian championship. Leeds’ #20 DREAM Motorsport car will be supported by long-time sponsor Peter O’Shea of Austrans.
“It’s been a really long time since I’ve been back to Australia. It’s a bit of a flashback really to get to race with DREAM again,” Leeds said.
“I’ve learnt a lot since I’ve been in the UK, in the first half of the season. Surely I’ll be able to take some of it back home.
“Last year I never got the race win, I kept coming second, hopefully I can come back and tick off that race win!”
With British F4 not racing again until the end of July, Leeds’ return to Australia gives the 16-year-old crucial seat time in near-identical machinery as he chases his British F4 championship aspirations.
“All the other guys will be practicing throughout the summer break of course. I’ve got to make sure I get my practice and prep in before the next round at Snetterton,” Leeds said.
“To get in a few extra miles is pretty handy. It’s also good to just come back home.”
Leeds was one of several drivers from the 2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship to have made the next step racing overseas, however the Red Bull Junior Team pilot is excited to return home in this one-off outing and expects a thrilling battle with some of Australia’s fastest youngsters.
“It should be good fun because I’m good mates with most of them. I know [Jordan] Love has been pretty quick and I know Rowie (Nick Rowe) and Will Brown are really fast as well,” Leeds said.
“For the Friday practice I’ve just got to get used to driving the Australian car. They’re pretty similar, I had the same feeling when I hopped out of the DREAM Motorsport car and then into the Arden car earlier this year.”
Racing for the Red Bull Junior Team/TRS Arden, Leeds currently sits fourth in the highly competitive British F4 championship standings.
Leeds’ return to DREAM Motorsport sees the squad expand to three cars at Sydney Motorsport Park, with Josh Conroy and Simon Fallon recently confirmed for the remainder of this season.
“It’s always good to come back home and remember where you’ve come from. It should be beneficial to myself and also for the championship as well,” Leeds said.
Round Three of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship returns to Sydney Motorsport Park on July 1–3 as part of the Shannons Nationals.