Zagame Autosport’s Ryan Suhle has won today’s opening CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship race today at Phillip Island.
Starting from pole position, the CAMS Foundation Rising Star lead from lights to flag throughout the 12 lap race – reduced from 14 from an earlier track delay.
In doing so, Ryan Suhle has become the youngest Australian Formula 4 race winner at barely 15 years, and one 1 month, old.
“It’s great to convert some of that pace into a race win. I’m really excited to have my first race win for 2017. It’s a great feeling,” Suhle said.
“We got a great start, it was pretty good just to get off the line fast. We held our position the entire time, I was watching the mirrors monitoring the gap, and just driving the car accordingly. It was fun, good to be out in front.”
Suhle has become the second Rising Star to win an Australian Formula 4 race, and he was lead home by Cameron Shields who was almost two-seconds adrift of Suhle in second.
“Started out of fourth and I made my way up two places, I’m really happy with that we could move forward,” Shields said.
“I beat the main two championship contenders as well, so that’s what I’m really pushing for this weekend.
“It was very close between Liam and I the whole race, he was right on my tail. He certainly kept me on my toes and I had to fend him a few times. Certainly looking forward to the races ahead, it’s going to be very close.”
Championship leader Liam Lawson was content with third place, critically ahead by one place of his nearest rival Nick Rowe.
“P3 in the end, which is still good points. Everytime I get close the car in front I get a lot of aero wash,” Lawson said.
“The car felt pretty good, but as I soon as I get close to somebody I can’t make the pass. We’ll make a few changes for the next race.
“That race I got an average start, and dropped back, but if we can make a good start for the next we should be in for a good race.
Rowe, who encountered a difficult qualifying session to start Race One from eighth, enjoyed a scrap with Zagame Autosport’s Tyler Everingham.
“Tough qualifying yesterday, P8, but we had good race pace – we knew we’d have that. We got up to P4, we’re still a little bit off but reverse grid later this afternoon so hopefully we can win that one,” Rowe said.
Team BRM’s Zane Morse easily enjoyed the most productive race to finish sixth, carving his way up the field from 12th.
“I had a bad qualifying session yesterday but we’ve got the car sorted now, just worked my way through from 12th to sixth,” Morse said.
“In racing conditions I just had to push a lot harder, I had to get a lot more confident before I started racing. I just did that and moved on! I still need to catch a few more people to find out!”
Simon Fallon, Jordan Mazzaroli, Aaron Love and Zak Best rounded out the remaining points positions from seventh to tenth.
There were only two non-finishers as Sage Murdoch encountered fuel pressure problems and Josh Denton was left stranded on the grass at Turn Ten.
Race Two for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will take place at approximately 4:15pm AEST today, with the streamed Race Three finale to come on Sunday morning.
Live timing is available at the formula4.com.au website, and live Twitter updates on @Formula4AU / #F4AU
Revised Race One Results
1st: Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport – 19:07.5712
2nd: Cameron Shields – Team BRM +1.9573
3rd: Liam Lawson – Team BRM +2.4335
4th: Nick Rowe – AGI Sport +8.5535
5th: Zane Morse – Team BRM +9.9371
6th: Simon Fallon – Team BRM +9.9876
7th: Aaron Love – Team BRM
8th: Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD
9th: Zak Best – AGI Sport
10th: Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport
DNF: Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport
DNF: Josh Denton – Team BRM