AGI Sport’s Nick Rowe has won today’s second race for round two of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, his second race win of the season.
The field started under Safety Car after a heavy downpour prior to the race start. Team BRM’s Simon Fallon then extended the Safety Car period after the right rear suspension collapsed.
Racing resumed on Lap Five, with AGI Sport’s Zak Best romping away from the field with a brilliant getaway. Teammate Nick Rowe then grabbed the lead on Lap Six, and remained in the lead despite a further Safety Car period.
“Nailed the set up in the second [race] and improved the driving just a tad,” Rowe said.
“We were unbeatable that race, I think our quickest lap was 1.2 seconds quicker than anyone else. The car was unbelievable.
“Hopefully in the last race, even though we’re starting sixth, we can get the job done again.”
Best bettered his earlier Race One performance to finish fourth ahead of Zagame Autosport’s Tyler Everingham.
“It was good fun in the wet, just struggled a bit towards the end with pace, because I had a bit of wing damage from the crash earlier on, but otherwise it was pretty good,” Best said.
“Hope for a podium in the last one. Just push harder and hope for a bit more pace.
“I’m starting to get more comfortable just from more laps and from following people too; it’s helps a bit.”
Cameron Shields climbed up the field to pass AGI Sport duo Best and Harley Haber. The CAMS Foundation Rising Star was engaged in a thrilling battle with teammate and Round One winner Liam Lawson.
“Started off fourth from the reverse grid from the first race and managed to pick up one place into third,” Shields said.
“I was in second for most of the race but got pipped at the end there by my teammate… But congratulations to him, he’s been driving awesome all weekend, took out the first round, so far I think he’s on top for round two.”
Lawson eventually nabbed second place off Shields in the final stages of the race.
“We started P5 and there was also a safety car restart. It’s hard to get a good jump off a safety car,” Lawson said.
“We sat in fifth for a while and then managed to pick my way through the last couple of laps, closed in on Cameron but in these conditions it’s very hard to make a pass.
“I had to pressure him for a couple of laps and got a good run out of one and down on the inside of two. Really stoked with the result.”
Even with a safety car interruption, Rowe dominated to finished 5.4 seconds ahead of Lawson and setting the fastest lap of the race in the process (1:24.0227).
“I had a nine second gap [before the safety car] all I was thinking was ‘no not a safety car.’,” Rowe said.
“I stuffed the restart up, but we managed to have the pace to pull away again.”
Zagame Autosport teammates Tyler Everingham and Ryan Suhle tangled at Turn One, with Suhle having an excursion through the mud at Turn One. Everingham scored a weekend best provisional result of fifth, and Suhle coming home in eight ahead of fellow Rising Star Zane Morse.
“Ended up P5… Really struggling for grip off the corner. Otherwise it was a pretty good race,” Everingham said.
“We really struggled yesterday with some car set up and personally, my driving.
“Today, we’ve been pretty good in the rain but still struggling with a little bit of the car set up, but we’ll see what we can do in the next one.”
JRD’s Jordan Mazzaroli was the best placed Burson Auto Parts rookie for Race Two in sixth place overall. Fellow rookies Zane Morse and Aaron Love rounded out the final two points paying positions in ninth and tenth respectively.
“The track conditions are pretty wet out there. It was an awesome experience so much to learn. I was a little bit nervous at first, getting used to the conditions. But every lap I was learning, all the time. It was good,” Mazzaroli said.
“I’m getting pretty confident with how I’m going for the whole weekend. I’m pretty confident that I have the potential to get to higher positions and get solid laps in.”
The third and final race for Round Two of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship is set to start after 3:40pm, with live streaming available via Nationals TV at www.thenationals.com.au
Provisional Race Two Results
1. Nick Rowe – AGI Sport
2. Liam Lawson – Team BRM +5.4119
3. Cameron Shields – Team BRM +12.7376
4. Zak Best – AGI Sport +16.6650
5. Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport +19.9013
6. Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD +22.2483
7. Harley Haber – AGI Sport +22.8765
8. Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport +23.1819
9. Zane Morse – Team BRM +41.0696
10. Aaron Love – Team BRM +1:17.5994
11. Josh Denton – Team BRM +3.3 Laps
12. Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport – DNF
13. Simon Fallon – Team BRM – DNF