Lochie Hughes Scores Second Win of 2022 Season

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 26, 2022) Lochie Hughes scored his second Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) win of the season, driving the No. 6 Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / Pelican Ligier JS F4 to victory lane in Race 2 on Sunday morning. The native of Australia’s Gold Coast steadily drove through the field after rolling off sixth for the 25-minute contest.

First-time polesitter Alex Berg (No. 08 Doran-Kroll Competition Ligier JS F4) faced a tough battle from second-place Ryan Shehan (No. 66 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsports Ligier JS F4). The two raced side-by-side for two and a half laps before making contact in Turn 5 and opening up the door to their competitors.

Meanwhile, Hughes had already begun his charge through the field. The 20-year-old driver took it three-wide through the Keyhole to move up to fourth on lap 2, and continued to make bold moves to pick up positions throughout the race. He moved into third as Shehan and Berg made contact in Turn 5 on lap 3, and then pulled into second as he worked through the carousel on the same lap. In just four laps, Hughes completed his charge to the front, overtaking Berg in the Keyhole to take the point position.  

“The first couple laps, everyone was really close, so whenever a gap opened up, I just put the car there,” said Hughes in Victory Lane. “We made our way up to third, and then the leaders were battling and we capitalized on that to go up to the lead.  Then, it was just all about focusing; no mistakes and trying to pull a gap on Noah [Ping]. We pulled up to the back-markers and they were in the way a bit—which cost me, actually. We touched a bit, which let Noah get right back on me. I had to defend for about a lap before I could bridge a gap again. From there, no mistakes and brought it home for the finish.” 

With Hughes leading the field to the checkered flag, he was trailed by Noah Ping (No. 65 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4), who made a hard charge to the front after starting in seventh. Race 1 winner, Bryson Morris (No. 39 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) finished third, with Matt Christensen (No. 45 Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS F4) and Andre Castro (No. 8 Future Star Racing Ligier JS F4) rounding out the top five.

A full run-down of the official results from Race 2 are available, here.

Lights out for F4 U.S. Race 3 is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. ET. The race will be available for live streaming on the SpeedTour TV’s YouTube page at YouTube.com/SpeedTourTV.