Luis Leeds has clinched his first CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship career victory in Race 3 at Sydney Motorsport Park earlier today.
The British F4 race winner, who made a one-off return to the championship, won a thrilling 15 lap race to also claim DREAM Motorsport’s first win of 2016.
“Nothing worth having comes easy,” Leeds said.
“It’s been pretty fun. It’s good to be back home. DREAM Motorsport have setup an awesome car for me this weekend. To come back and win that race was awesome.”
SCT Logistics/AGI Sport’s Nick Rowe had lead much of Race Three, although lost the lead on cold tyres after a safety car restart to Leeds.
Rowe maintained 2nd behind Leeds, which was enough to secure the overall Round Three win.
“We had great car speed,” Rowe said.
“I can’t thank all the boys at AGI Sport and SCT Logistics for all their help. We were really looking forward to this weekend, so to get the round win – what else could you want?”
Harry Hayek made another podium appearance in Race Three and finished 3rd for the weekend, which capped off a positive weekend for the local New South Welshman after recently returning from a stint in British F4.
“It was a good adrenaline rush,” Hayek said.
“Had a lot of fun. It’s good to be with a good team. I think it’s very important to have the right people around you… I’ve really enjoyed myself this weekend.”
CoolDrive/DREAM Motorsport’s Simon Fallon was fourth in the final race, demonstrating remarkable overtaking manoeuvres across the weekend to finish fifth overall. Fallon’s efforts were justly rewarded by claiming the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round.
“DREAM Motorsport’s been really good to me getting the car ready to go,” Fallon said.
“Great racing between all the boys, especially Nick Rowe in the second race. Bit unfortunate about the qualifying but, oh well, we came back strong.”
Championship leader Will Brown, who had won Sunday morning’s Race Two, concluded the race weekend by being 2nd for the overall round.
“It was overall a good weekend,” Brown said.
“We got a first, fourth and fifth [place finish]. Bit challenging, the boys worked hard at the car but we’ll look forward to the next round.”
The Cars Galore/Team BRM has a 21 point lead over Rowe with 156 championship points. Rowe amassed 61 points for the weekend after three podium appearances and now sits with 135 points. Team BRM’s Jordan Love dropped to third in the standings with 125 championship points.
JRD’s Tyler Everingham continued to show further progression behind the wheel, with the Dubbo teenager engaged in some thrilling battles with some experienced racers.
“Race Three was great. Got to touch a couple of wheels and have a couple of love taps from the other drivers!” Everingham said.
“But it was great getting some experience and good to finish off on a high… I’ve gained so much time since I’ve started which is great, and I’m starting to race and it’s just awesome.”
Round Four of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship next heads to Queensland Raceway as a support event to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on July 22–24.
Race Three Results
|2||97||Nick Rowe||AGI Sport||1:32.0619||0.2769|
|3||26||Harry Hayek||Team BRM||1:31.9655||2.3015|
|5||99||Will Brown||Team BRM||1:32.4001||7.5180|
|7||23||Brenton Grove||Team BRM||1:32.8531||9.7377|
|8||68||Jack Smith||AGI Sport||1:32.3893||14.7219|
|9||91||Josh Denton||Team BRM||1:32.6145||1.5 Laps|
|10||51||Josh Conroy||DREAM||1:32.7651||2.9 Laps|
|11||79||Jordan Love||Team BRM||1:33.0651|
|1||97||Nick Rowe||AGI Sport||61|
|2||99||Will Brown||Team BRM||47|
|3||26||Harry Hayek||Team BRM||45|
|7||68||Jack Smith||AGI Sport||18|
|9||23||Brenton Grove||Team BRM||14|
|10||79||Jordan Love||Team BRM||7|
|11||91||Josh Denton||Team BRM||6|