Noel Leon drove his No. 19 DEForce Racing Ligier JS F4 to pole Friday for the Andy Scriven Memorial Weekend at VIRginia International Raceway with a lap of 1:55.284.
Leon set his fast time on the last lap of the session, holding off a hard charging Nico Christodoulou in the No. 22 Velocity Racing Development machine. The two swapped the top spot in the closing minutes of qualifying. Christodoulou’s time of 1:55.513 secures him outside pole for Saturday morning’s race at the 17-turn, 3.27-mile circuit.
Teammate Jason Alder’s No. 77 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4 time of 1:55.556 puts him third ahead of ICAR Canada Racing’s Justin Arseneau and rookie Christian Weir from Gonella Racing.
Leon is the current F4 U.S. Championship leader, 8.5 points ahead of Mac Clark, who will roll off seventh behind Seth Foley.
“Winning the pole position is great for my Championship fight,” Leon said. “Thank you to my team for their hard work and my sponsors for their support. I’m looking forward to finishing this weekend’s races in the points, so we can head to Circuit of the Americas for the final round of the Championship still in the lead.”
The 26-car field will take the green for Race 1 tomorrow morning at 9:00am, EDT followed by Race 2 at 1:25pm, EDT. Be sure to join us for a special fan walk and pre-race ceremony honoring Andy Scriven, the late JS F4 chassis designer, at 1:05pm, EDT, live on the SVRA App: https://bit.ly/36FhASz