Rowe, Lloyd share Formula 4 spoils at wet SMP

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Sunday 23rd August, 2015 - 6:48pm

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Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas Rowe and Jordan Lloyd showcased their wet weather driving skills as they shared the spoils in Sunday’s two CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship races.

Rowe proved untouchable in the day’s opening encounter as he mastered slippery track conditions to complete a commanding lights to-flag victory at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The AGI Sport driver, who started from the outside of the front row, did survive one nervy moment when he dropped three wheels off the edge of the Corporate Hill sweeper but he managed to hold on.

Rowe put the mistake behind him as he surged into a huge lead before taking the chequered flag by 12 seconds for his maiden F4 win of the season.

Thomas Randle set strong early pace, rounding up Lloyd on the opening lap then profiting from a Luis Leeds error to move up to second place the next time around.

The 2014 Australian Formula Ford Series winner briefly threatened for the lead but couldn’t stay with Rowe in the tricky conditions.

Will Brown finished third, elevated by a mistake from Leeds late in the going just as he was in Race 1.

The Dream Motorsport driver got loose at Turn 4 on what would be the penultimate lap letting Brown past in the process.

Lloyd finished ninth having incurred a drive-through penalty for contact with Leeds on lap 4.

Championship leader Lloyd made amends for his error in the final race of the weekend by recording victory after thrilling scrap with Randle.

Randle led the Team BRM driver until lap 9 when the pair were involved in a dramatic dice which saw the drivers touch wheels on more than one occasion.

Both drivers enjoyed spells in the lead before Lloyd managed to edge away from the Dream Motorsport driver to take his second win from the weekend.

Randle’s pace dropped away in the closing laps which saw him lose second spot to Brown.

However, a mistake from Brown gifted Randle the position back at the flag, which saw him win the round.

Race 2 winner Rowe produced a strong drive to come home in fourth ahead of Zane Goddard and Jordan Love.

Lloyd leads the championship standings with a 27 point margin over Randle ahead of round four at Sandown from September 11-13.

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