AGI Sport’s Luis Leeds maintained his good form at the Australian Formula 4 Championship event in Melbourne on Friday.
On day two of the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, Leeds – who was fastest in Thursday’s qualifying – won from pole, edging Team BRM’s Ryan Suhle by just 0.141 seconds.
Team BRM’s Lochie Hughes finished third to round out the podium places.
Leeds was joined on the front row of the grid by 2018 series champion Jayden Ojeda. Both drivers are making wildcard appearances this weekend and will not feature in any other Australian Formula 4 Championship events in 2019.
Ojeda started slowly, though, falling to fifth after the first lap as Leeds took the early lead ahead of Suhle and Hughes.
A safety car intervention paused the race following a three-car collision on the entry into Turn 3 on the opening lap.
The #21 Rossoverde Racing of Christian Lester missed his braking point, running into the back of Heath Collinson in the #31 JRD entry.
The duo also collected Patrizicorse’s Jackson Walls, who ran wide into the gravel further up the field.
Upon the restart, Leeds vigorously fended off Suhle, eventually finishing first by a car-length to claim the season opener.
Race 2 will be held on Saturday at 11:50am, with the third and final race to be held on Sunday.