AGI Sport’s Nick Rowe has claimed the final round of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship on the Gold Coast.
The 2017 Champion narrowly missed out on line honours in the final race on Sunday, with New Zealander Liam Lawson taking the chequered flag, 0.4 seconds ahead of Rowe.
Rowe was elated to conclude his Australian Formula 4 career as a round winner.
“Great way to finish the year. We qualified awesome, had mega car pace… In that last race, just had an awesome battle with Liam that whole race. I knew he was there, I knew he was quick through the beach chicane, I just tried to push harder but it didn’t work and he got me,” Rowe said.
“It means everything to me. From racing go karts to when I was seven years old… everything I’ve been through with AGI, I’ve been there since the first race in Townsville. To win it now is a pretty good feeling.”
Lawson made the pass for the lead in the closing stages of the race, with the New Zealander finally getting by Rowe at the beach chicane. Third in the overall standings prior to the round, Lawson clawed back crucial points off Cameron Shields to move in to second.
“We came into this weekend, after the last half of the year not going so well, we wanted to finish off with a good round,” Lawson said.
“I’ve been praying for rain all year and it finally came [on Saturday], unexpectedly on the Gold Coast! The first race was really good as I managed to win that, and unfortunately with the penalty in the second race that put us back. To finish off the year with a win though is really awesome.”
Team BRM’s Simon Fallon repeated his 2016 efforts on the Gold Coast finishing the round in third. While he was disappointed to not to claim a race win, strong results in Race One and Three secured a podium berth for the weekend.
“It’s a good place here, I enjoy the track a lot… but it’s nice to salvage a round to come out with a podium,” Fallon said.
“I want to try to win this round at some point.”
Ryan Suhle claimed his fifth Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round, and in doing so clinched rookie honours for the year ahead of Aaron Love. Suhle receives a $20,000 discount off his lease fee for next year’s Formula 4 Championship.
After his spectacular aerobatic display in Friday qualifying, Tyler Everingham secured a top five finish for the round. Zane Morse was the second best placed rookie and CAMS Foundation Rising Star in sixth place, ahead of Aaron Love, Luis Leeds, Zakkary Best and Jordan Mazzaroli rounding out the top ten.
Teams will soon shift their attention to their 2018 programs, with the calendar to be announced shortly. The championship this weekend welcomed the arrival of leading kart team Patrizicorse in 2018, alongside CAMS partner Castrol, who will become the championship’s Official Oil Partner.
Round Seven Results
1. Nick Rowe – AGI Sport: 58 points
2. Liam Lawson – Team BRM: 56
3. Simon Fallon – Team BRM: 33
4. Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport: 27
5. Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport: 26
6. Zane Morse – Team BRM: 26
7. Aaron Love – Team BRM: 22
8. Luis Leeds – Zagame Autosport: 18
9. Zakkary Best – AGI Sport: 12
10. Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD: 9
11. Cameron Shields – Team BRM: 8
12. Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport: 5
Race Three Results
1. Liam Lawson – Team BRM
2. Nick Rowe – AGI Sport: +0.4502
3. Simon Fallon – Team BRM: +1.5911
4. Luis Leeds – Zagame Autosport: +6.3116
5. Aaron Love – Team BRM: +7.5428
6. Cameron Shields – Team BRM: +7.7382
7. Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport: +8.1226
8. Zane Morse – Team BRM: +9.8534
9. Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport: +11.0256
10. Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport: +13.0077
11. Zakkary Best – AGI Sport: +14.0215
DNF: Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD