Phillip Island Preview

After last appearing for the Shannons Nationals season opener at Sandown in April, it’s remarkable that the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship is already set for its fourth round of the year at Phillip Island.

Crews from Australian Formula 4 only weeks ago arrived back to their headquarters, after the championship made its first visit to Western Australia as a support to the Perth SuperSprint at Barbagallo earlier this month.

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CAMS Foundation Rising Star Cameron Shields edged out local entrants Nick Rowe and Aaron Love to claim his first race and round win, and jumped to third in the championship standings after Perth.

Rowe, now only four points off championship leader Liam Lawson, was second for the Perth round followed by podium debutants Zagame Autosport and Tyler Everingham in third.

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The battle for Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year honours is also hotly contested, with Rising Star Ryan Suhle leading by 25 points over round three rookie winner Aaron Love.

Fellow rookies Jordan Mazzaroli, Zane Morse and Sage Murdoch may yet spring a surprise and edge closer to rookie honours this weekend.

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Now in its third season, Australian Formula 4 has enjoyed highly competitive and thrilling racing in its last two visits to Phillip Island – and this weekend should be no exception.

Only four drivers have previously sampled Phillip Island, under racing conditions, in an Australian Formula 4 machine: Nick Rowe, Josh Denton, Tyler Everingham, and Simon Fallon. Though five other drivers have already raced at Phillip Island in a variety of machinery, including AGI Sport’s Zak Best who enjoyed a win in Aussie Racing Cars last year.

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Victorian local Simon Fallon made a spectacular debut at the venue last year, which was also his first circuit race out of karts, and will be looking for a major haul of points for his championship aspirations this year.

Last year’s Phillip Island round winner Jordan Love, older brother of Aaron Love, has this year stepped up to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge – also featuring this weekend at the Shannons Nationals.

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Turn One will be the overtaking hot spot this weekend for Formula 4, with the cars easily flat chat – and at times two-wide – through one of this country’s fastest corners.

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.

Weather (Correct as of Wednesday 24 May)
Friday: Possible morning shower – 12 / 17
Saturday: Possible late shower – 12 / 18
Sunday: Showers – 11 / 16

Schedule (AEST)
Practice One: Friday – 10:40am
Practice Two: Friday – 12:45pm
Qualifying: Friday – 2:50pm
Race One: Saturday – 11:35am
Race Two: Saturday – 4:15pm
Race Three: Sunday – 11:50am

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
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Championship Standings
#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 (R)
#9 – Harley Haber: 34
#10 – Simon Fallon: 31
#11 – Zane Morse: 30 (R)
#12 – Zak Best: 28
#13 – Sage Murdoch: 6 (R)

2016 Results
Pole Position: Nick Rowe – AGI Sport – 1:35.9395
Race One: Jordan Love – Team BRM
Race Two: Will Brown – Team BRM
Race Three: Jordan Love – Team BRM
Round Winner: Jordan Love – Team BRM