A selection of Australia’s best up-and-coming karters have recently enjoyed the opportunity to sample CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 machinery at a test day last week at Winton.
Broc Feeney, who this week will embark on a two-month karting trip including the Rotax World Finals and Las Vegas SuperNats, was the most experienced out of the group of karters having also sampled Formula 4 in 2016.
Upon his return, Feeney will start to consider his 2018 racing plans but the 2017 KA2 Champion thoroughly enjoyed his brief Australian Formula 4 experience.
“Definitely next year we’re looking at all options, but Formula 4’s definitely high up there. We’re heading off to Europe this week, so when we get back we’ll discuss what we are doing next year, start planning and get a bit of testing,” Feeney said.
“Just under braking, it’s completely different from the go kart so I’m just trying to adapt to that style at the moment. It’s very fast down the straight and through the corners with the downforce. I’m really enjoying it.”
Whilst the drivers adapted well to the speed of the cars, it was the braking performance that surprised and impressed the group.
“It’s quite different compared to the go kart, it’s a lot faster than usual. The brakes were a little bit weird! You had to really push up against them to make it slow down,” CAMS Karting Academy participant Jonathon Marcusson said.
With the braking matched with the grip provided with the Hankook tyre and aerodynamics, drivers enjoyed the challenge of pushing lap-after-lap.
“They’ve got good grip for the power, and got up to produce some pretty high speeds. This would be something to move into to start racing,” Zayd Tones said.
“It was a really good experience, I’d like to thank Zagame Autosport and CAMS for the opportunity.”
“It’s more relying on the aero… you need to get it through your head that you can get around the corner. I’d really like to this again in the future – it’s just great fun, fantastic atmosphere here and good people as well,” Jake Sawyer said.
Alex Barbutis was one of several drivers at the test who enjoyed the test, and hopes to put together a racing budget in the championship for 2018.
“If we can get a budget, I think it will be a very good pathway for any driver coming up,” Barboutis said.
“They’re a good nice, balanced car, well made, easy to setup and they’re all sort of close to each other. So it makes for fun racing.”
Many of Formula 4’s current crop of drivers were also on-hand to provide tuition to the drivers within their respective teams, including CAMS Foundation Rising Star Simon Fallon who will embark on his first Bathurst race this week with the Toyota 86 Series.
Opportunities remain for interested drivers looking to take part in 2018 to sample machinery. For further information on how to get involved, please contact David Corrigan, CAMS Operations Manager – Driver Development on [email protected] or by phoning 03 9593 7783.
The final round of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will take place around the streets of the Gold Coast from October 20–22, where West Australian Nick Rowe leads Team BRM’s Cameron Shields and Liam Lawson in the drivers’ standings.