The CAMS Foundation Rising Stars will this weekend reach the halfway mark of their 2017 season, as the four racers prepare for battle around the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
With Phillip Island being the fourth round, out of seven, for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, the battle for outright championship and rookie title honours remains wide open.
Round Three winner Cameron Shields (Team BRM) clawed back critical championship points in Barbagallo earlier this month, adding 60 points to his name.
“After a shocking start to the season I am rapidly closing the gap to the championship leader with around 40 points to go,” Shields said.
“Phillip Island has always been my favourite track and the team has been incredibly successful here in previous years, and I am really hoping for a quality result.”
Zagame Autosport’s Ryan Suhle remains the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of 2017 points leader, placed fifth overall in the standings with 77 points.
“I’m looking to try and build on that lead this weekend,” Suhle said.
“Phillip Island is a track I love and feel confident at. I’m hoping to bounce back from a bit of a disappointing round in Perth and score some good points.
“This season has flown by so far! It’s incredible to think we’re already half way there. I’ve really enjoyed it so far, the racing has been great, I’m learning so much every time I’m in the car, and that’s all I can really ask for.”
Team BRM’s Simon Fallon made his Australian Formula 4, and circuit racing debut, at Phillip Island last year. For the young Victorian, it is a crucial round to regain some form after a difficult start to the season where he is currently placed tenth in the overall standings.
“It feels good to be heading back to where I made my first ever race in a car, and where I’ve had some very strong results,” Fallon said.
“Unfortunately we’ve had a pretty slow start to the year points wise, but I’m looking to fire back at Phillip Island where it all began.
“I really enjoy the track, it has lots of fast and flowing corners that I feel suit the F4 car with the aero and general grip levels.”
Zane Morse is the only Rising Star yet to experience Phillip Island in full racing conditions, however the Canberra driver has enjoyed multiple laps around the venue in testing.
“I’m very excited for Phillip Island, it’s an awesome track, it’s going to be very close between everyone. I’ve never raced, I’ve only practiced on this track. It’s going to be an interesting race to the first corner because it’s flat out through Turn One,” Morse said.
“So far I haven’t reached my expectations, but hopefully I will do better at this round.”
The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will undertake two practice and one qualifying session on Friday, with two races to come on Saturday, and the finale on Sunday morning.
Live streaming will be available on Sunday via the Shannons Nationals and Formula 4 websites.
Entry List (13)
#5 – Ryan Suhle (QLD) (R) – Zagame Autosport – Ray White/CAMS Foundation Rising Star
#7 – Tyler Everingham (NSW) – Zagame Autosport – JetGo
#11 – Zane Morse (ACT) (R) – Team BRM – Charman Earthmoving/CAMS Foundation Rising Star
#21 – Harley Haber (NSW) – AGI Sport – CEJN
#27 – Simon Fallon (VIC) – Team BRM – CoolDrive/Fallon Developments/CAMS Foundation Rising Star
#30 – Liam Lawson (NZ) – Team BRM – RetroCar.co.nz
#44 – Sage Murdoch (NSW) (R) – AGI Sport – Racesah
#61 – Jordan Mazzaroli (NSW) (R) – JRD – Real Equity Real Estate/Mr Moto
#73 – Cameron Shields (QLD) – Team BRM – McDonald’s Toowoomba/Dependable Sheds/CAMS Foundation Rising Star
#76 – Zakkary Best (VIC) – AGI Sport – Best Leisure Industries
#78 – Aaron Love (WA) (R) – Team BRM – Coco’s
#91 – Josh Denton (SA) – Team BRM – Pink’s Mitre 10
#97 – Nick Rowe (WA) – AGI Sport – SCT Logistics
(R) = Rookie
#1 – Liam Lawson: 164
#2 – Nick Rowe: 160
#3 – Cameron Shields: 121
#4 – Josh Denton: 94
#5 – Ryan Suhle: 77 (R)
#6 – Tyler Everingham: 68
#7 – Aaron Love: 52 (R)
#8 – Jordan Mazzaroli: 44
#9 – Harley Haber: 34
#10 – Simon Fallon: 31
#11 – Zane Morse: 30 (R)
#12 – Zak Best: 28
#13 – Sage Murdoch: 6 (R)