Queenslanders Cameron Shields and Ryan Suhle have claimed local honours with a 1-2 result in today’s second race in Ipswich of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
The CAMS Foundation Rising Stars were split by less than three-tenths of a second after 12 laps of racing, with a Safety Car period on the opening lap bunching up the field.
Zagame Autosport’s Tyler Everingham led the field home in first position, however he was later determined to have jumped the start. Such was the close nature of the field, the Dubbo teen dropped to seventh after incurring a five-second post-race penalty.
“It’s really great to have come from the reverse grid, start off the second row and take out the race win is really good,” Shields said.
“Now looking forward to tomorrow… at this stage, we’ve been doing some pretty quick times for racing. The cars are certainly right on the limit and going very quick.
“Now for Race Three, the tyres have degraded a little bit. The times won’t be there as much but the racing is still going to be interesting.”
Suhle, who was fourth in Saturday’s opening race, was encouraged with strong race pace after a difficult Friday.
“It was a bit of a close race in the end. (Shields) locked a wheel into Turn Four and I got pretty close,” Suhle said.
“It’s good to see that everyone is pretty consistent. One little error was all that mattered there.
“We came into this weekend pretty confident that we’d be quite quick here. It’s not happened in qualifying, but we’re working our way up. All we can ask for is to move forward and we’re doing that.”
Race One winner Nick Rowe was pleased to have finished on the podium for the second reverse grid race. The AGI Sport driver is focused on tomorrow’s final race as he seeks to further his Championship lead over Liam Lawson.
Lawson, who started Saturday’s second race in tenth after a penalty in Race One, put in a standout performance to finish fourth.
“First, third and a pole position… it’s been a good weekend so far, we’ve just got to finish the job off tomorrow,” Rowe said.
“We have mega car speed, but it’s just so hard to pass around here. When you get too close, you can’t get the job done.
“We’ll push on tomorrow, hopefully get a good start and it’ll come down between Shields and I. Championship’s looking good this weekend, but everything can change in a heartbeat as they say.”
Podium debutant in Race One, Sage Murdoch led AGI Sport teammate Zak Best for fifth place. The Team BRM trio of Zane Morse, Aaron Love and Simon Fallon claimed the remaining three points paying positions.
JRD’s Jordan Mazzaroli was stuck in the gravel trap at Turn Three, which brought out the early race Safety Car. Mazzaroli eventually rejoined the race, but ultimately finished two laps down.
With one race remaining, Shields leads the overall round standings ahead of Rowe and Suhle. Race Three’s 13 lap finale will take place on Sunday from 11:05am AEST, broadcast live on Fox Sports (506).
Final Race Two Results
1. Cameron Shields – Team BRM: 17:08.2964
2. Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport: +0.2757
3. Nick Rowe – AGI Sport: +0.5262
4. Liam Lawson – Team BRM: +1.6604
5. Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport: +2.2808
6. Zak Best – AGI Sport: +3.2228
7. Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport: +4.3359
8. Zane Morse – Team BRM: +5.1762
9. Aaron Love – Team BRM: +7.5359
10. Simon Fallon – Team BRM: +9.2696
11. Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD: +2.7 Laps