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