Formula 4 was the first category to hit the track at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 and it was AGI Sport’s Luis Leeds who claimed the early bragging rights.
Leeds topped the time sheets in qualifying for the first race of the CAMS Payce Australian Formula 4 Championship event at Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.
The 19-year-old trailed 2018 series champion Jayden Ojeda for the majority of Thursday afternoon’s 20-minute qualifying session but pipped his AGI Sport teammate in the dying stages.
Leeds’ time of 2:02.125 was six-thousandths of a second faster than Ojeda.
Team BRM’s Ryan Suhle and Lochie Hughes will start from the second row of the grid in Friday’s race, finishing third and fourth respectively in qualifying.
Earlier on Thursday, Hughes set the pace in a practice session that officially opened the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, edging Leeds.
But Leeds improved in qualifying to take Thursday’s honours.
Friday’s race, which starts at 2.30pm, is the first of three throughout the Melbourne event.