The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship has continued its streak of attracting driving talent from the Queensland town of Toowoomba.
In three years of the championship’s formation, the likes of Jordan Lloyd, Will Brown and this season Cameron Shields have all suited up.
After a difficult opening round at Sandown, Shields vaulted up the standings to defeat eventual champion Nick Rowe at his home round in Western Australia.
“I think the highlight was certainly Barbagallo,” Shields said.
“To get a round win there was incredible, especially to go over Nick Rowe on his home track was really good – but unfortunately he did that to me at Queensland, but that’s okay.”
“Especially coming on after Sandown, we just had drama after drama there. That Barbagallo result really helped us boost up the championship.”
Ultimately finishing third in the standings behind Liam Lawson and Rowe, Shields was glowing on the competitiveness of the field. The Team BRM driver claimed a pole position, a round win, four race wins, and an impressive eight race podium finishes.
“There’s certainly a lot of talent in this field. It has been very difficult all year,” Shields said.
“We pushed forward and closed the championship right up at Queensland Raceway. Team BRM have done an exceptional job this year and I can’t thank them enough. It’s been an amazing year and everyone who’s supported me as well.”
Shields recalls his formative years in karting alongside last season’s Champion Will Brown.
“Will and I have been very close for a long time,” Shields said.
“I can remember starting go karts a bit before him. I remember the first time he came to the track, we went to the same primary school and the first time I saw him at the track, my younger brother said ‘That’s my reading buddy at school.’.
“From there Will and I used to go down to the local go kart track, and just cut lap after lap chasing each other around and pushing each other.
“From there on in, we were in the same team in karts and then he made that jump into cars and I followed on from there. That’s how we’ve really developed as drivers, I think from a young age just continuously pushing each other, it’s been really exceptional.”