Astuti wins shootout in drama-filled event

F4 Antonio Astuti

Antonio Astuti edged Race 2 of the Australian Formula 4 Championship event in Melbourne in an exciting one-lap shootout.

The safety car was required twice during the event, which three competitors did not finish, meaning the race hit its maximum time length on Lap 5.

That forced the shootout and AGI Sport’s Astuti proved quicker than MTEC Motorsport duo Ryan Yardley and Taylor Cockerton in a thrilling finish.

Yardley started from pole after the top 10 finishing positions from Friday’s opening race were reversed.

And carnage unfolded from the very opening lap when 2018 series champion and wildcard driver Jayden Ojeda crashed into the back of Ryan Suhle and Race 1 winner Luis Leeds.

JRD's Heath Collinson also became caught up in the incident, knocking off his front-right wheel while trying to avoid the accident.

That saw the first of two safety cars called out and the restart then saw AGI Sport's Josh Smith spin into the barrier at Turn 2 after losing control of his car on the grass.

The safety car neutralised the race for a final time and led to the shootout as Astuti reigned supreme.

The third and final race begins on Sunday at 12:20pm.

Limited tickets are still available for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019. The event runs from 14-17 March at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

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