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Record-setting Saturday at Morgan Park Raceway

A new track lap record has been set alongside a maiden national series win in Race 1 of Round 4 of the Australian Formula Ford Series at Morgan Park Raceway today.

Liam Loiacono took his first national series win in a spectacular lights-to-flag drive on the same day the Queenslander also claimed his first Tyres & More Pole Award earlier in the day. 

Loiacono got the #43 BF Racing Mygale off the line with a flying start, opening up a 1-second gap back to second within the first few laps. He quickly extended the gap to more than two seconds before the one and only Safety Car of the race was called on lap five to recover a stalled car at Turn 12.

Series leader Eddie Beswick (#30 Synergy Motorsport Spectrum) and fellow Queenslander Jack Bussey (#74 Ag Equip Spectrum) were next across the line in second and third. 

Bussey would go on to claim both the third step of the podium and set a new track record of 1:17.4440s, with Kobi Williams (#94 Borland Racing Spectrum) ultimately coming home in fourth and Lachlan Evennett (#88 BF Racing Mygale) in fifth.

With the field bunched at the restart, the pressure was on Loiacono who managed a repeat performance of the race start, quickly skipping away from the field.

In the middle of the pack, positions changed frequently throughout the 15-lap outing as racers navigated the tight and technical track. Rounding out the top 10 were Daniel Frougas (#27 CHE Racing Team Mygale) in sixth, Harrison Sellars (#13 Altatek Racing Spectrum) in seventh, Lachlan Strickland (#47 CHE Racing Team Mygale) in eighth, Imogen Radburn (#29 CHE Racing Team Mygale) in ninth, and national series rookie Logan Eveleigh (#91 Zero7 Motorsport Mygale) in 10th.

Fraser Hie (11th) is back on the grid for the first time since Round 1 at Mount Panorama this weekend after repairs to the #11 Fraser Hie Motorsport Spectrum. Queensland Formula Ford Championship racer Oliver Loiacono (12th) is racing the #97 BF Racing Mygale alongside the national series drivers this weekend.

Full Race 1 results

Earlier in the day, an incredibly competitive qualifying session set the tone, with Zak Lobko (#7 Lobko Motorsport Mygale), Daniel Frougas, Loiacono, Beswick, Bussey, and Evennett all swapping places at the top of the timing sheet early in the session. Throughout the 20-minute session, less than nine-tenths of a second covered the Australian Formula Ford Series racers, with times running into the low 1-minute, 17-second ranges.

As the green tyre advantage began to fall away, the field settled into its rhythm. Loiacono went on to secure his first Tyres & More Pole Award, made all the more special at his home track.

“We were looking forward to this track because we knew we had the pace. There’s still more in it, I made a bit of a mistake on my best lap but got the job done anyway. We were pretty consistent yesterday, so hopefully, we can move that through to the race,” Loiacono said.

Fellow Queenslander Bussey lined up alongside Loiacono – just .09s behind the #43 – on the first row of the grid, ahead of Lobko, Beswick and Maynes-Rutty rounding out the top five.

Full Qualifying results 

Round 4 of the 2024 Australian Formula Ford Championship continues tomorrow with two more races at 8:52am and 11:55am. Follow along with live timing thanks to Natsoft.


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