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Aussie Formula 4 graduates impress in UK tests

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Monday 29th February, 2016 - 4:37pm

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Thomas Randle behind the heel of the Douglas Motorsport BRDC F4 car

Thomas Randle behind the wheel of the Douglas Motorsport BRDC F4 car

A quartet of Australian Formula 4 graduates have impressed in testing as they gear up for their maiden seasons competing in Europe.

CAMS Jayco F4 runner-up Thomas Randle emerged quickest in last Friday’s BRDC F4 test by 0.4s at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

The Victorian was the only driver to post a time in the 1:55s bracket in front of the majority of his BRDC F4 rivals, with Carlin the only team absent.

Randle’s impressive time was set in only his second day in the newly-built Tatuus F4 car having made his test debut at Donington Park earlier last week.

“I know its only the beginning for us, but the first two tests couldn’t have gone any better,” said Randle.

“Over 90 percent of the field were at the last test at Silverstone, so to leave knowing we were quickest is definitely a positive.

“I really enjoyed driving around Silverstone and I am looking forward to heading back there soon.”

Randle’s performance follows an impressive showing from the Australian contingent competing in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series, MSA Formula.

MSA Formula utilises the same Ford powered Mygale chassis used in CAMS F4, while MotorSport Vision’s BRDC F4 series has adopted a much faster 2 litre Cosworth engined Tatuus F4 car.

Luis Leeds sporting the Red Bull colours at the Brands Hatch test

Luis Leeds sporting the Red Bull colours at the Brands Hatch test

Luis Leeds, who finished sixth in CAMS F4 last year, topped the times in the Brands Hatch test for Arden Motorsport.

The Red Bull junior was the only driver to lap the Kent circuit under the 46s barrier, posting a session best of 45.973s.

Leeds was just 0.034s quicker than fellow Australian Zane Goodard, competing for Double R Racing.

Fellow Australian Harry Hayek was 0.6s adrift of the pace on his debut at the Kent circuit in 12th position.

The BRDC F4 Championship begins with a visit to Snetterton on March 27-28, while the MSA Formula season kicks off at Brands Hatch from April 2-3.

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