Jordan Love has claimed his first U Race It Pole Position ahead of today’s opening race of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Sandown Raceway.
The West Australian claimed the U Race It pole by 0.1661 over his Team BRM teammate Will Brown, with the top five only separated by no less than 0.8 seconds.
“We spent most of the day within the top four. Practice One was a bit challenging, it was a half-wet, half-dry track,” Love said.
“I think we went out in qualifying pretty confident. It was super close throughout the whole qualifying, but I managed to bang in a good lap and put it at the top.”
Brown, who is also double-stinting Formula 4 duties with the Toyota 86 Series, was pleased to be starting on the front row for Race One.
“It’s an exciting weekend, we’re racing two categories. On the track seven times today!” Brown said.
“Jordan got us on the last lap, bit disappointed but being off the front row anything can happen off the start. We’ll just press on and hopefully come home with the win.”
The likes of Love, Brown, Nick Rowe and Harry Hayek shared the fastest time in qualifying, with Rowe and Hayek to start from the second row of the grid from 3rd and 4th places respectively.
“We missed out by about two, three tenths then,” Rowe said.
“We had pole for a little bit, I wish that red flag had come out about two laps earlier and we would’ve been right! Credit to Jordan and Will, they were quick. Hopefully in the race we can trade positions like we did in qualifying.”
JRD/Arrow Transport’s Cody Donald enjoyed his first U Race It qualifying session, with the young Victorian only making his circuit racing debut earlier this morning in Free Practice.
“With this session, I went out with a clear head and no expectations,” Donald said.
“I just enjoyed myself, compared to that last [practice] session where we had a bit of an off…we dropped four seconds which is a big bonus for me. I’m just wrapt to be here at the Sandown 500, I can’t thank all the boys from JRD, ally crew helping me out and my family sticking by me these tough times and getting me back out on the track.”
DREAM Motorsport’s Josh Conroy brought out the red flag with only a few minutes remaining in the session, drawing the session to a premature end.
The New South Welshman climbed slightly too much kerb at Dandenong Road and hit the armco square on the front, fortunately only needing a new front wing.
Race One for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship commences this evening at 5:15pm for a 13 lap stint, with a further two races to come on Saturday and Sunday.