NATIONALS: Leeds unstoppable on Friday at Phillip Island

Luis Leeds

CAMS Payce Formula 4 Australia Championship

Championship leader Luis Leeds has extended his advantage at the top of the 2019 CAMS Payce Formula 4 Australia Championship to 35 points after finishing Friday at Phillip Island unbeaten.

Leeds led an uninterrupted race from start to finish ahead of Team BRM rival Ryan Suhle and AGI Sport team-mate Antonio Astuti.

BRM’s Harry Hayek managed fourth on his return to Australian Formula 4 while team-mate Lachlan Hughes took fifth after sailing wide at Turn 1 on Lap 9 from second position.

AGI’s Christian Mansell finished sixth in while Jackson Walls (#11 Objective Racing) crossed the line in seventh position after tangling with Emerson Harvey (#76 Shannons/Focus on Furniture) on the final lap.

Harvey would become the only driver failing to cross the line after damage forced him to pull over his stricken car.

Race 2 of the weekend will see Harvey and Walls set off from the front row when the reverse grid race commences on Saturday at 0910 AEST.

Leeds will start from pole position again in Races 3 and 4 (1100, 1335 AEST).

Australian GT Endurance Championship

Max Twigg set the fastest time in Practice 2 of the Australian Endurance Championship in his #8 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Twigg will partner Tony D’Alberto this weekend at Phillip Island, with the latter on double duties in TCR Australia as well.

Fellow Mercedes driver and seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup (#777 The Bend Motorsport Park) followed in second position on his debut weekend in the category alongside returning co-driver Yasser Shanin.

Whincup was two tenths slower than the #8 entry.

McLaren duo Fraser Ross and Ryan Simpson (#59 59 Racing/HSY/Opti-Coat) finished the day in third ahead of Lamborghini’s Tim Blanchard and Joseph Ensabella (#129 Haemokinesis/Trofeo Estate). Vince Muriti and Luke Youlden (#33 Perfect Auto Body) finished in fifth in the highest placed Audi.

Earlier in the day, Cameron McConville/Adrian Deitz (#6 Wall Racing Lamborghini) led the opening practice session of the weekend.

Practice 3 sets off on Saturday morning at 1000 AEST before qualifying sets the grid for the opening round of the Australian Endurance Championship at 1240 AEST.

Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia

Harri Jones (#12 Heli Mods) ended Friday on top in the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia, edging Ryan Suhle (#7 Ryan Suhle Racing) and Mark Vidau (#77 Sonic Motor Racing) in Practice 2.

Just five hundredths of a second separated the trio as Jones posted a 1:32.0964s, six tenths faster than Vidau’s chart-topping time in Practice 1.

Nathan Murray caused the red flag to appear just before the halfway mark of the session after he spun his #5 Garage 1 Porsche 911 GT3 into the gravel at the final corner.

The Victorian driver wouldn’t return to the track, ending his day at the bottom of the timesheets.

Aaron Love (#78 Sonic Motor Racing/SRG Global) and Christian Pancione (#76 VCM Performance) rounded out the top five on the timing screens.

Vidau’s earlier fastest time was enough to put him two tenths ahead of Jones and team-mate Love.

Qualifying for Race 1 of three for the weekend is scheduled for 0935 AEST on Saturday.

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