AGI Sport’s Sage Murdoch was the first of two drivers confirmed by the Sydney squad late last year as part of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Murdoch first sampled Formula 4 machinery last November at Winton alongside his teammate Harley Haber, and most recently conducted 150 kilometres of running in warm summer conditions at Wakefield Park with no dramas.
“The experience is great, the cars are just amazing. The difference in the top speed compared to the other categories I’ve raced in, and the downforce and braking, everything’s better,” Murdoch said.
Murdoch is no stranger to open-wheel racing, having raced a Formula Vee in 2016. Prior to that, Murdoch spent two years in karting at state level (NSW).
“It’s been my dream ever since I started karting to have a career in open-wheeler racing, my ultimate goal is Formula 1,” Murdoch said.
“Having experienced most of a year in Formula Vee, experiencing the excitement of open wheeler racing only reinforced my passion.”
Murdoch will be among some of the younger Australian Formula 4 drivers on the grid, with the Newcastle racer turning 15 a month prior to the first round in April.
“When the opportunity came along to move into Formula 4 I decided to make a long-term commitment to make my dreams reality,” Murdoch said,
“My major sponsor for the season will be Earth Surveying so a big thanks to them and I’m looking forward to announcing more sponsors soon. I am really excited to part of the AGI team for 2017.”
Prior to his arrival at AGI Sport, Murdoch has largely seen Australian Formula 4 only on television. He remarked while the cars appeared easy to drive on television, his strategy for the season is solely just to learn and refine his racecraft.
“I’ll probably treat it as a learning experience. There’ll be a lot of guys that have been doing it for a year,” Murdoch said.
“It definitely looks easier on TV! Then you step into it, it’s all g-force and hard braking.”
The first two rounds of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will take place at Sandown Raceway for the season opening of the Shannons Nationals on April 7–9.