Queensland’s Jordan Lloyd has taken overall honours and a significant place in the history of Australian motor sport by winning 2 of the three races in the Australian debut of FIA certified Formula 4 at Townsville.
Lloyd was the dominant driver over the duration of the first round of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, also supported by Hankook Tyre and Penrite Oil.
From Toowoomba in Queensland, Lloyd started the weekend in style by winning Friday’s qualifying session, with his dominance spreading over each and every day to win Race 2 on Saturday and then the third and final race on Sunday.
“This first round of Formula 4 will definitely go down in the history books,” said an elated Lloyd.
“I have just got to see if I can keep the championship lead now. The field is very competitive, even the younger guys in the field are very close to the more experienced drivers in the field so it’s very good.”
Second overall was Western Australian Nick Rowe (AGI Sport) with third place on the podium taken by CAMS Foundation supported driver Will Brown (AGI Sport).
Like Lloyd, Brown is from Toowoomba and not only takes home the third place trophy from the weekend, but on top of that, he became Australia’s first Formula 4 winner in Race 1 and Brown is also the first to be awarded the CAMS Burson Auto Parts Rookie Medal.
“Yeah it’s great. Winning the first ever race in Formula 4 which has made history and I got a third place and the Burson Rookie Medal, so it’s great,“ Brown said.
“I want to thank the CAMS Foundation for giving me this great opportunity to be here, without the support of the Foundation and AGI Sport I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
Rowe made a last minute dash from Karratha in far north Western Australia to be part of a historic weekend of motor sport and walks away with second placing overall and a big smile.
“Yes, for sure. We didn’t start the weekend off the best, but we really focussed and set the car up a bit better. In race one we took a big step forward and was able to finish second just behind Will Brown. In race two I didn’t drive my best but in race three I put my head forward and thought I don’t want to crash because I knew if I didn’t I would probably finish second on the podium. To be up here with Jordan and Will is a good feeling,” Rowe said.
Lloyd won the third and final race of round one of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship from Team BRM team-mate Drew Ridge with AGI Sport driver James Vernon second.
Under sunny skies in Townsville, Lloyd started from pole and immediately looked comfortable in front position. His race was soon under threat after he was issued his 2nd 5 second penalty of the weekend for jumping the start.
Luis Leeds and Tom Grech came together on lap 3 of 11, an incident which saw an end to Leeds’ day. More tight and enthralling racing saw Frankie Maiolo and his Team BRM team-mate Zane Goddard clash on lap 5. Goddard’s off track spin meant the safety car was deployed.
The race resumed on lap 9 with Lloyd needing to create a plus-5 second gap to score a win. But he failed to build the required time gap and while he was first to the chequered flag, he was relegated to third behind Ridge and Vernon. The penalty was later overturned by CAMS Stewards making Lloyd the winner of Race 3.
“In Race 3 they questioned my start but the video showed we didn’t jump it. The car was brilliant, the team was brilliant. All weekend we have been pretty fast so I am very happy,” Lloyd said.
Round 2 of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will be held at Ipswich, Queensland on 31 July - 2 August.
Round 1 - CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship
Race 3 results click HERE
Driver’s Championship table click HERE
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For video click HERE