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AGI Sport’s Jayden Ojeda has returned to his dominant ways, taking a clean sweep of race wins this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park to solidify his championship aspirations.
The championship leader added a maximum of 75 points to his already strong lead, and now has a 51-point buffer over teammate Ryan Suhle. Ojeda, who only lives some 15 minutes away from Sydney Motorsport Park, was thrilled to win on his and AGI Sport’s home turf.
It was also a record breaking feat by Ojeda, breaking the record of 10 race wins in a single season. Ojeda has now won 12 races this season, with one round remaining.
“We came to this round with high hopes after the last round at Winton. To come to our home track and perform really strong is a great representation of our team,” Ojeda said.
“We’ll go to New Zealand with a bit of a championship lead but it’s definitely not all over yet. We have to perform and put our best foot forward to come away with the championship.”
Team BRM’s Aaron Love again showed great consistency to feature on the podium in all three races and second overall for the round, which now places the West Australian third in the outright standings.
“Finishing second for the round was a good way to cap off my weekend in Sydney,” Love said.
“Unfortunately now we’re a point short of being in contention for the championship but we’ll still try our best for second. Really excited to go to New Zealand, something different to even out the playing field.”
Despite the success on Saturday of the Castrol Pole Position, Suhle was left to be content with third for the round. Some mistakes by the Queenslander proved costly, who will now need to defend his 25-point lead over Love.
“Another one on the podium, it’s fantastic to get the 45 points but that puts us in a bit of a deficit to Jayden now,” Suhle said.
“We had to learn a lot from this round, that all the little mistakes add up. Pushing through the field, and pushing the tyres, meant I had no tyre and the grip fell off a cliff.”
For the sixth consecutive round, Lochie Hughes again claimed Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round honours ahead of Patrizicorse’s Jackson Walls.
“It’s been a good round this weekend, we’ve been in the top three pace,” Hughes said.
“We’re right there fighting for it so hopefully in Pukekohe we can move forward up the grid. I’m really excited for that, it’s a track nobody’s driven on before so hopefully it plays an advantage to me like in Tasmania so it’s more equal terms.”
Also supporting the Shannons Nationals event at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend was the Motum Simulation VSR Showdown. The event was a historic first for Australian motor sport as the first CAMS-sanctioned Esports event.
Dylan Shepherd won the final race on Sunday ahead of Daniel Benefield and Andrew Kahl. As part of the pool of prizes at the event, Shepherd will now experience the opportunity to sample an Australian Formula 4 car at a test day. later this year
New Zealand’s Pukekohe will host the seventh and final round of the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship, supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint on 2–4 November.
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