F4 Friday Wrap: Ojeda fastest on Friday
AGI Sport’s Jayden Ojeda has set the opening pace for the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship field today in Phillip Island practice.
Set in the morning’s first session, Ojeda’s 1:34.0749 was not eclipsed in the afternoon’s sunnier session.
“I was pretty happy with the car most of the session,” Ojeda said.
“AGI Sport put together an amazing car. I’m really happy with it. First time being in first in Australian Formula 4 – hopefully we can push on.”
Championship leader Cameron Shields was quickest in the second practice session, ahead of his nearest title rival Ryan Suhle.
“It’s looking like it’s going to be a really good weekend,” Shields said.
“To come out of practice now topping the charts, and the last one, is certainly very promising. No doubt I’m going to make some changes and go quicker again in qualifying.”
Suhle is the defending Castrol Pole Position winner from last year’s Phillip Island event, and will be eager to add to his win tally at the venue.
“Yeah I’m pretty happy. Cameron got a bit of a sneaky tow off us for one lap – so I’m hoping that’s his fastest lap!” Suhle said.
“I feel strong and I think in qualifying I can go out and set a fast lap. I’m pretty excited just to get out there tomorrow, aiming for pole most definitely for both races… that’s the go.”
Patrizicorse’s Jackson Walls was the fastest Burson Auto Parts Rookie, with fifth place in practice two showing his and the team’s potential this weekend against the established squads.
Current Burson Auto Parts Rookie leader Lochie Hughes is eager though to find improvements before tomorrow’s Castrol Pole Position and race one.
“There’s a bit in me to improve, and a bit where we can improve the car,” Hughes said.
“There’s a big headwind so a slipstream should make a big difference, but if we can get everything sorted we should be alright for tomorrow.”
Consistency was key for Aaron Love in the opening round in Tasmania, and he’s again shown that form in Friday – setting the fourth fastest time across both sessions.
“Definitely made some progress, but I think we’ll be more up there in qualifying tomorrow,” Love said.
“I’d like it to rain maybe if I had made a few mistakes in the race. I’ve done some testing here in the rain and I’m pretty confident.”
Newcomer to the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship Ardie Jonic also steadily improved across Friday practice, to only be less than two seconds off the fastest in practice two.
Jonic this weekend partners Ojeda and Suhle in a third AGI Sport prepared car, in what his is first Phillip Island race in his speedway background.
AGI Sport are no strangers to speedway-to-circuit converts, with 2017 Champion Nick Rowe the squad’s proudest graduate.
“I found it to be a lot different with the way you have to drive the car. It’s definitely a lot harder than speedway. I’m looking forward to expanding my driving abilities,” Jonic said.
“This track is something different. I haven’t raced on a lot of tracks but this track is something… it’s such a quick track, difficult to learn. If you get it wrong – it sucks, but if you get it right it’s going to be awesome.”
Qualifying for the Castrol Pole Position will commence at 11:55am (AEST) on Saturday, followed by race one at 3:05pm. Live timing will be available on formula4.com.au, with a free live stream of the remaining two races on Sunday.
1. Jayden Ojeda – AGI Sport – 1:34.0749
2. Cameron Shields – Team BRM +0.1765
3. Ryan Suhle – AGI Sport +0.2466
4. Aaron Love – Team BRM +0.3672
5. Lochie Hughes – Team BRM +1.2423
6. Zayd Tones – Team BRM +1.4960
7. Josh Smith – Team BRM +1.6752
8. Thomas Smith – Team BRM +1.7957
9. Ardie Jonic – AGI Sport +2.3137
10. Jackson Walls – Patrizicorse +2.5643
11. Antonio Astuti – Astuti Motorsport +6.7338
1. Cameron Shields – Team BRM – 1:34.4292
2. Ryan Suhle – AGI Sport +0.2243
3. Jayden Ojeda – AGI Sport +0.4268
4. Aaron Love – Team BRM +0.5730
5. Jackson Walls – Patrizicorse +0.9668
6. Lochie Hughes – Team BRM +1.0281
7. Zayd Tones – Team BRM +1.3481
8. Josh Smith – Team BRM +1.4630
9. Ardie Jonic – AGI Sport +1.8473
10. Thomas Smith – Team BRM +2.0459
11. Antonio Astuti – Astuti Motorsport +3.0118