JRD rookie Jordan Mazzaroli was the envy of most last Christmas, when a contract with the Melbourne-based team was signed hours before Christmas.
Juggling karting and school commitments, Mazzaroli has also been managing his preparations for his first full-season of national circuit racing.
“(Laughs) No F4 under the Christmas tree but it was a great Christmas present signing with JRD. I’ll be looking forward to racing with JRD in my first season of Formula 4,” Mazzaroli said.
“I have been keeping track on my physical fitness by going to the gym, learning all the tracks for this season using on board footage and lots of computer simulation. I have also been getting as much seat time in my kart as I can.”
Mazzaroli has his future set on eventually racing overseas eventually, but also has his sights set on touring or sports car racing in Australia.
“Next, I would like to try racing in either the Dunlop Super2 Series or the Porsche Carrera Cup,” Mazzaroli said.
“My ultimate step is Formula 1.”
Remarking on the differences between karting and Formula 4, while the driving style isn’t too much of a shock to the system it is the even busier atmosphere of a racing team that is taking Mazzaroli time to acclimatise.
“The Formula 4 pit area is a lot busier than karting. You have a team of mechanics and engineers working with you to review data and change car setup,” Mazzaroli said.
“There are more types of data than karting too, I work closely with my engineer to improve my driving and car setup.
“Driving the turbo Formula 4 is surprisingly smooth, it’s actually smoother than my kart so it hasn’t been hard to get used to. With wings and slicks, corner speed is greater than karting.”
Keeping in theme with JRD’s colour scheme, it is coincidental that Mazzaroli’s helmet design fits in with the team’s look and feel.
“I’ve always had red and black as my kart racing colours so I thought of continuing that theme in Formula 4,” Mazzaroli said.
“I also added the carbon fibre theme to give it a more aggressive look. I’m really happy with the result and it also matches JRD’s colours.”
For his debut season, Mazzaroli is set on claiming top honours as the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year – with 2016 Champion Will Brown and 2017 CAMS Foundation Rising Star Simon Fallon as previous winners of the award.
To achieve his first season in Australian Formula 4, he was also one of ten drivers selected to qualify for a CAMS Driver Development Scholarship.
“In my first Formula 4 season I would really like to win the rookie championship,” Mazzaroli said.
“Pre-season testing has gone well, I think we have a good chance at the rookie title. I also want to gain as much experience as possible to have a go at the Australian Championship for next year.”
“I will like to thank Real Equity Estate Agents and Mr Moto for supporting me in my first Formula 4 Championship. I am very proud to be representing these great Australian brands and am really looking forward to working with them this season.”
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.