CAMS Foundation Rising Star Zane Morse has confirmed that he will pilot a Team BRM prepared car in the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Morse, who joins Ryan Suhle as the Rising Star’s karting graduate, will be partnered with elite Rising Star racers Simon Fallon and Cameron Shields at Team BRM.
“I’m so excited to be doing my first race in F4 as I’ve been watching all the races last year I thought they were amazing,” Morse said.
“I am looking forward to the standing starts as this will be new to me.”
Team BRM are the reigning Australian Formula 4 Champions, having prepared championship winning machinery for 2015 Champion Jordan Lloyd and 2016 Champion Will Brown.
“The BRM team is awesome as they are very professional and polite which makes for a great team environment,” Morse said.
“There is great team work between the drivers and engineers as we share the date to help improve all of us. This team are at the top of their game that’s why I chose BRM.”
In preparation for his first full-time season in circuit racing, Morse has been actively furthering his fitness – having also previously been a part of the CAMS Academy programme.
“In the off season I have prepared myself by training constantly on my fitness,” Morse said.
“Twice every week I do a 10 kilometre run and I never skip a day, and I always keep my upper body in check.”
While the environment of a racing team will be new for Morse, another learning curve will be dissecting data with his team of engineers after each session.
“The data analysis is quite different as in go karts I rarely used data to help me. In cars this is a massive thing as the whole team shares their data,” Morse said.
“The great thing about the data is that you can’t hide. The advantage is that you can see where you are going right and wrong.
“The F4 is totally different to the go kart because its much bigger and faster and I will be relying on the data so the engineers can set the car up correctly. I don’t notice the turbo as the boost is quite small.”
Morse received a $50,000 scholarship from the CAMS Foundation to go toward his Australian Formula 4 campaign, and joins a prestigious list of Rising Star drivers which include the likes of Matthew Brabham, Macauley Jones, Scott Pye and James Courtney.
“I am grateful to the CAMS Foundation for selecting me as a CAMS Foundation Rising Star, I will do my absolute best to show the CAMS Foundation why they picked me to be part of their programme,” Morse said.
“There have been many Rising Stars that have made a career out of racing and I hope I will be one of them too.”
Morse has his sights set on becoming Australian Formula 4 Champion down the track, but acknowledges the competition surrounding him for 2017.
“I would love to win the Formula 4 Championship this year, but I have to compete against some great drivers with a lot more experience than me in race cars,” Morse said.
“I know all my team mates at Team BRM from Cameron Shields, Aaron Love, Simon Fallon… we all raced in karts together.”
“My goal is to do the best I can, and later in the year I want to be on the podium at the very least.”
“In the future I would love to either be in Supercars, or over in the states with NASCAR. I love NASCAR because they are all built to run even.”
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.