British F4: Leeds & Goddard Competitive At Snetterton

2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship graduates Luis Leeds and Zane Goddard have enjoyed a speedy showing in the ultra-competitive British F4 Championship at Snetterton over the weekend.

After recently claiming his maiden Australian Formula 4 race win at Sydney Motorsport Park last month in a one-off drive, Leeds remains within fighting distance of the British F4 championship lead. The Arden driver is only 29 points off with 12 races remaining, despite wanting more from his Snetterton performance.

“Not the greatest weekend,” admitted Leeds.

“But we had really good pace all the way and we just have to turn that into better results and more points. In the last race I was catching the leaders, but ran out of time.”

After 18 races, Leeds currently sits 6th in the overall standings. Fellow Aussie Zane Goddard also had a solid weekend in Snetterton, with a 7th and a 4th place finish being a highlight for the Double R racer.

NORWICH,ENGLAND,30.JUL.16 - MOTORSPORTS, RED BULL JUNIOR TEAM - MSA Formula Ford, Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit. Image shows Luis Leeds (AUS). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Dutch Photo Agency - For editorial use only. Image is free of charge.

Little time

“Qualifying was interesting, it was damp, there was a red flag, then just five minutes at the end to put in your best lap. Qualifying 5th and 4th wasn’t too bad but not quite where we wanted to be,” Leeds said.

“Race One was pretty progressive, I had to avoid two major incidents which didn’t help my progress so I finished P5,” Leeds said.

Goddard’s preparation to the weekend was interrupted with a crash in qualifying dampening the Double R driver’s preparations.

“Lost the car on a damp patch around a sixth gear corner in qualifying and nosed into the wall,” Goddard said.

“Fortunately I managed to get the car back to pits and with only time for two laps I qualified 10th and 11th.”

NORWICH,ENGLAND,30.JUL.16 - MOTORSPORTS, RED BULL JUNIOR TEAM - MSA Formula Ford, Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit. Image shows Luis Leeds (AUS). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Dutch Photo Agency - For editorial use only. Image is free of charge.

Not the best

“Race Three could have been good, from fourth on the grid I got up to third but then had an incident with my team mate and that is never good,” Leeds said.

“A very unfortunate incident but that happens in racing. A real shame as it robbed us a good result and points but it does happen.”

After crossing the line in a strong 4th place in the opening race for Goddard, Race Two was a hard lesson for the young Queenslander.

“Race One I got an awesome start from 10th and got my way to 6th before the first safety car and 4th before the second safety car. We then held on to 4th at the finish,” Goddard said.

“Race Two I started from 5th on the reverse grid and got to 4th after a great launch off the grid. Unfortunately I later tagged a sausage curb and dropped to 10th. Afterwards we showed great pace and after a safety car challenged for 7th but an unavoidable contact saw us drop to 14th.”

NORWICH,ENGLAND,30.JUL.16 - MOTORSPORTS, RED BULL JUNIOR TEAM - MSA Formula Ford, Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit. Image shows Luis Leeds (AUS). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Dutch Photo Agency - For editorial use only. Image is free of charge.

The best for last

“Race three wasn’t bad at all. Again we had pace and were really catching the front three but ran out of laps before it was possible to have a go for the podium,” explained Arden driver Leeds.

“The guys gave me a great car again, we know that we’ve got all we need to run at the front and we are going to make it an intense battle right to the end of the season. There are a lot of points to go for and we’re still aiming at that championship,” concluded the Victorian who is in action again at Knockhill on August 13th and 14th.

Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard endured a far from ideal Saturday, but put in a battling drive to climb four places and finish seventh in the weekend’s final race.

“It was an interesting race,” Goddard said.

“The start was good. I managed to get past a few people, but I would have liked to have got a few more. Seventh is not too bad points wise, especially after yesterday. That’s a positive, but as a race driver you always want to be higher up.

“It’s a bit annoying qualifying went the way it did because it would have helped being further up the grid. At Knockhill I think we will be on the pace and hopefully we can get some top results like we did at Croft.”