It will be a week of firsts for CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship driver Simon Fallon when he takes on the legendary Bathurst circuit in the coming days.
The CAMS Foundation Rising Star will race around Mount Panorama for the first time in what will also be his maiden appearance in the Toyota 86 Series.
Fallon said he was looking forward to the new surroundings of his Aussie Driver Search prepared Toyota 86, having spent the majority of his career in open-wheelers.
“We’ve had a test in the car and it feels weird having a passenger seat next to me, and a roof over our head since all we’ve done previously is open-wheelers,” Fallon said.
“It is a car that lets me take kerb, which is what I love to do.”
A roof will not be the only factor Fallon will be acclimatising to this weekend, with this weekend giving the Victorian his first opportunity to race around the iconic track.
“The first time around the Mountain is a bit daunting, but we’ll see how we go,” Fallon said.
“It’s a bit different to what I’m used to, but I think it’ll be good experience and good to see what happens.”
After Bathurst, Fallon will return to his Team BRM-Formula 4 for the season finale on the streets of the Gold Coast this month. The Queensland street race is a happy hunting ground after Fallon picked up his first national career race win and podium in 2016.
“I can’t wait for the Formula 4 round shortly after Bathurst at Gold Coast, where we had success previously and I can’t wait to smash it down the beach chicane,” Fallon said.
Fallon is currently seventh in the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship standings, with a race and round win at Phillip Island his best result of the season.