AVONDALE, La. (April 10, 2022) – Bryson Morris, the 17-year-old from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., secured his second career win at NOLA Motorsports Park on Sunday morning in the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.). Driving the No. 39 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4, Morris overtook the lead with just four laps to go to secure the race win over Matt Christensen in the No. 45 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4.
Lochie Hughes (No. 6 Jay Howard Driving Development Ligier JS F4) started on the pole after winning Race 1, but fell to third as a battle broke out between Morris and Christensen while working lap 2. Christensen secured the lead just before a mid-race red flag, and opened up a nearly three-second lead once the race returned to green. Morris set a steady pace on his Hankook Tires, focusing on hitting his marks, and slowly started to close the gap between drivers. Morris was able to get side-by-side with Christensen coming off of Turn 16 and set up a drag race down the front straightaway as they completed lap 14 and raced toward Turn 1. The Tennessee driver remained calm, focused on his own race and slowly drove away from Christensen. By the time they crossed the line to take the checkered flag, Morris had opened up a 2.923-second advantage.
Noah Ping, driver of the No. 65 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4, steadily climbed through the field to finish third and complete the podium after starting sixth. Ryan Shehan (No. 66 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) was fourth. Hughes finished fifth.
“It was a really good race,” said Morris as he climbed from the car. “Matt was really far ahead, and I didn’t think I had him. I was just kinda going in second place. Then, I noticed that I was closing the gap slowly, and eventually I got there. I’m just super happy to take the win.”
View the full field official race results, here: F4 U.S. Round 2 Official Results