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F4 round-up: Ojeda leads Shields in Australia, Sudamericana championship relaunches in Brazil

by Ida Wood

Photo: CAMS

A second consecutive clean sweep of victories for Jayden Ojeda in Australian Formula 4 pushed the 18-year-old into the championship lead at Queensland.

The AGI Sport driver also broke the record for consecutive wins, having gone unbeaten in the last six races now.

His closest challenger throughout the weekend was Team BRM’s Cameron Shields, the previous championship leader. Their first battle of the weekend came in qualfying, where Ojeda prevailed by just 0.0385 seconds to take pole.

They remained close in the first race, until a last lap effort by Ojeda gave him fastest lap and enough of a gap to cross the finish line with 1.1s in hand. Ojeda’s team-mate Ryan Suhle finished third, with the distant Team BRM pairing of Aaron Love and Lochie Hughes completing the top five.

The top five from the first race were reversed for the grid of the second, leaving Shields and Ojeda in fourth and fifth.

Ojeda got ahead of his rival in the first few corners, as Hughes held off Suhle for the lead. Suhle eventually got through, but Ojeda was too fast and was soon in the lead. He finished the race almost two seconds ahead of Suhle, with Shields being denied the final podium position by Love. Hughes dropped to fifth.

The final race of the weekend was an easy one for Ojeda, dominating to take the win by five seconds over Shields and Love. Suhle and lone Patrizicorse driver Jackson Walls were fourth and fifth.

The fourth season of F4 Sudamericana, now named Formula Academy after a one year hiatus, kicked off at the Londrina circuit in Brazil with a double victory for Pedro Saderi.

Saderi started his weekend with pole position, and earned his first win under pressure from Juan Vieira and Leandro Guedes. In the second race he was far more dominant, pulling out a three second lead then relaxing until the chequered flag.

A fierce battle for second place was won by Vieira, beating the likes of Bruno Bertoncello, Pedro Burger and Guedes. Although Guedes had the lowest finishing position of those in the battle, getting the extra points for fastest lap in both races means that he is level with Bertoncello for third in the standings. Saderi leads by 15 points, with Bertoncelli and Guedes a further nine behind.


Results round-up [pole in bold, fastest lap in italics]
Race 1 (13 laps) Race 2 (13 laps) Race 3 (13 laps)
1 Jayden Ojeda 15m48.1313s
2 Cameron Shields +1.1254s
3 Ryan Suhle +3.4006s
4 Aaron Love +8.0126s
5 Lochie Hughes +14.3680s
1 Ojeda 15m56.0567s
2 Suhle +1.9802s
3 Love +2.2986s
4 Shields +2.7092s
5 Hughes +7.4878s
1 Ojeda 15m52.7705s
2 Shields +5.1032s
3 Love +5.5082s
4 Suhle +8.3720s
5 Jackson Walls +14.2853s
Standings?1 Ojeda 177 ? 2 Shields 152 ? 3 Suhle 145 ? 4 Love 132 ? 5 Hughes 86
Race 1 (16 laps) Race 2 (16 laps)
1 Pedro Saderi
2 Juan Vieira
3 Leandro Guedes
4 Bruno Bertoncello
5 Pedro Burger
1 Saderi
2 Vieira
3 Bertoncello
4 Burger
5 Guedes
Standings?1 Saderi 51? ?2 Vieira 36? ?3 Bertoncello 27? ?4 Guedes 27? ?5 Burger 22