AGI Sport’s Nick Rowe has won the penultimate round of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park today.
It is the first back-to-back round win in Australian Formula 4 history, with Rowe previously claiming the round win at the venue in 2016.
Rowe and his championship rival Cameron Shields were tied on round points heading into Sunday’s finale, with both drivers claiming a race win and second place each in the first two races.
“I was just thinking before the start of the race, don’t jump the start. I didn’t roll, thank goodness for that,” Rowe said.
“Got the jump, [Shields] was coming slowly but then I knew the race would be one lap shorter at least because of the safety car. I kept my head down and finished the job off.”
Wheelspin at the start of Race Three cost Shields crucial seconds, with Rowe eventually taking the chequered flag 1.3 seconds up the road of Shields.
“We showed a lot of pace, throughout the weekend the car has been exceptional. Team BRM have done an amazing job. A few mistakes on my behalf there which cost us the round win,” Shields said.
“But there’s still a chance there to win the championship. We’re certainly going into the Gold Coast pushing and giving everything that we’ve got.”
There was thrilling passing throughout the field, with the likes of Simon Fallon, Tyler Everingham, Liam Lawson and Shields engaging in close battles.
“It was definitely a weird round, one of the more interesting ones. The track felt really funny, it was changing session to session. We found it really greasy and hard to find a balance in the car,” Everingham said.
Fourth position in the final race was enough for Everingham to secure third place on the podium, edging Team BRM’s Liam Lawson. Teammate Ryan Suhle claimed his third consecutive Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round award, to be the best placed rookie in fourth overall.
“It was definitely a lot of fun. It was good to stay out of a lot of the drama and just get those mid-place finishes. Nothing crazy, just enough to get us home in a good spot,” Suhle said.
“So far it’s been an awesome rookie year for me. I’ve really enjoyed every race. Everytime I can get onto the track, I love it.”
Zak Best was the next best AGI Sport car in sixth overall, with Zane Morse, Sage Murdoch, Simon Fallon and Jordan Mazzaroli rounding out the top ten.
The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will embark on its final round of 2017 on the legendary streets of the Gold Coast, on October 20–22.
Final Race Three Results
1. Nick Rowe – AGI Sport:
2. Cameron Shields – Team BRM: +1.3068
3. Liam Lawson – Team BRM: +8.1769
4. Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport: +11.3695
5. Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport: +12.5403
6. Simon Fallon – Team BRM: +13.5538
7. Zak Best – AGI Sport: +14.6688
8. Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD: +15.9295
9. Zane Morse – Team BRM: +18.2073
10. Aaron Love – Team BRM: +20.9928
11. Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport: +1.1 Laps
12. Harley Haber – AGI Sport: +3.1 Laps
Round Six Overall Results
1. Nick Rowe: 68
2. Cameron Shields: 61
3. Tyler Everingham: 37
4. Ryan Suhle: 35
5. Liam Lawson: 31
6. Zak Best: 16
7. Zane Morse: 14
8. Sage Murdoch: 12
9. Simon Fallon: 8
10. Jordan Mazzaroli: 8
11. Harley Haber: 6
12. Aaron Love: 3