British F4: Aussie Rules At Knockhill

Australian drivers Luis Leeds and Zane Goddard have both claimed race victories at the most recent round of British F4 at Knockhill.

Starting from Pole Position in Race 20 of the year, the Red Bull Junior pilot made a clean getaway off the line from pole position and won his third British F4 race of the year.

We’ve had a tough run of things lately, but we’ve worked so hard as a team,” Leeds said.

“The car feels pretty perfect this weekend. We’re really on it and really starting to get things together now so we can be a real contender for this championship.”

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Double R’s fast starting Goddard leapt to 2nd position at the start and finished half a second behind his fellow 2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship colleague.

“I think the team and I have done a fantastic job to be fighting at the front against the bigger teams so all credit to Double R,” Goddard said.

“This result is well deserved. Hopefully we can get another good start in the final race and be on the podium again.”

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Roles reversed in Sunday’s final race with Goddard claiming his second race win of the year.

Goddard had been exceptional off the line in the preceding British F4 races and it was the same story for Race 21 of the Championship, as he flew past Leeds for 2nd place into turn one. 

“I was super consistent. It felt perfect,” Goddard said.

“The whole race played out perfectly. It couldn’t have been any better. I’m really happy. Huge thanks to the team and the fans. They’ve been great and cheering me on as I crossed the line.”

The fastest lap of the weekend was another reward for Goddard’s supreme weekend efforts.

“Knockhill is a track where there isn’t too much braking which means you’re pushing the car quite hard most of the time and to the limit which is tricky to do, but it’s rewarding when it works out.”

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Despite losing out to Goddard at the start there was no let-up from Leeds who focused on getting past Alex Quinn and he did so with arguably the overtake of the weekend.

The Red Bull Junior ducked to the outside of Quinn into Taylor’s Hairpin, forcing him to cover and then making a split-second switch down the Fortec racer’s inside under braking without locking up. A beautiful move, showcasing extremely fair and respectful driving from both drivers who exhibited true class.

“I learnt that move from Daniel Ricciardo when he did something very similar to Vettel at Monza when they were team-mates and I really hope he gets to watch my move today,” Leeds said.

“I saw Alex make a mistake and I was originally going to go around the outside, but I thought I would make it look cool and switch to going down the inside. It looks pretty cool on camera I think.”

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Leeds’ two podium appearances sees the young Victorian climb from 6th to 2nd in the drivers’ standings, and only five points off championship leader Max Fewtrell.

“We got pole for race two and turned things around from there. We’re pretty close to leading the championship now and we must keep moving forward,” Leeds said.

“This morning I was 48 points off the lead and now I’m only five away which is the beauty of this sport.”

Watch all the action from British F4 at Knockhill via ITV’s BTCC website here.

The next round of the British F4 Championship next heads to Rockingham on August 27–28.