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Thomas Randle wins first race of Australian F4 finale in Sydney

by Peter Allen
Thomas Randle

Photo: CAMS

Thomas Randle claimed victory in the opening race of the Australian Formula 4 finale at Sydney Olympic Park after dominating the weekend so far.

Randle, who lost out on the championship to Jordan Lloyd at the penultimate round at Phillip Island, led Friday’s two practice sessions before qualifying on pole by half a second.

He actually lost out to fellow front-row starter Zane Goddard at the lights but claimed the lead on the inside into Turn 1.

After a first safety car to recover the spun car of debutant Nick Filipetto, Randle quickly opened up a two second advantage over Goddard before the BRM driver ran wide, hit the wall and was collected by Luis Leeds and Tom Grech behind him.

The race ended under safety car, with William Brown and the returning Nick Rowe inheriting podium positions behind Randle.

Harry Hayek was fourth ahead of a muted Lloyd, Jimmy Vernon, Francesco Maiolo and Caitlin Wood.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Thomas Randle Dream Motorsport 9 laps in 20:50.1006
2 William Brown AGI Sport +0.5167
3 Nick Rowe AGI Sport +0.9865
4 Harry Hayek Team BRM +1.6777
5 Jordan Lloyd Team BRM +2.5251
6 Jimmy Vernon AGI Sport +4.4509
7 Francesco Maiolo Team BRM +4.8741
8 Caitlin Wood Dream Motorsport +5.5376
Not classified
Zane Goddard Team BRM +3 laps
Luis Leeds Dream Motorsport +3 laps
Tom Grech AGI Sport +3 laps
Nick Filipetto AGI Sport +6 laps