Win­ning for­mula

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

AT HIS home track away from home, Jor­dan Lloyd claimed a small slice of motorsport history with a win in the For­mula 4 Aus­tralia’s de­but round.

The Toowoomba prod­uct’s grand­par­ents are long- term res­i­dents of the North and Lloyd stood tallest at Reid Park af­ter win­ning two of the three races in the sin­gle seat dis­ci­pline.

It’s given him a cham­pi­onship lead head­ing into the next round at Queens­land Race­way at the end of the month and the 19- year- old hoped it would con­tinue.

“We’ll head down and see if we can keep that cham­pi­onship lead now,” Lloyd said.

“I’ll be back on home turf again on Queens­land Race­way so we want to make it two from two.

“I see Townsville as a bit of a home away from home and my grand­par­ents live here.”

Lloyd set a new lap record in race three yesterday with a slick 1.16.718 min­utes and the wins capped an im­proved per­for­mance across the week­end. “We had a few prob­lems in race one,’’ he said. “I made a mis­take early on in the race and I fought back from 10th to win race two and ob­vi­ously started off pole there in race three.

“I was lucky enough to get a bit of a gap with some out­right speed and the team per­formed per­fectly. I’m ab­so­lutely ex­cited.”

Nick Rowe, sec­ond over­all, won the Bur­son Rook­ies Medal while race one win­ner Wil­liams Brown fin­ished the round in third.

The For­mula 4 se­ries was in­tro­duced to cre­ate a clear path­way be­tween kart­ing and elite rac­ing and should prove an ex­cit­ing fix­ture on the V8 Su­per­cars cal­en­dar over the next six rounds.

“We put on a pretty good show for the public and FoxS­ports and 10 so I think ev­ery­one is pretty ex­cited for what is to come with this new cat­e­gory,” Lloyd said.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

FIRST PLACE: Jor­dan Lloyd ( cen­tre) cel­e­brates the spoils of For­mula 4 vic­tory with Nick Rowe ( left) and Wil­liam Brown ( right).

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