A test with Porsche Carrera Cup squad Volante Rosso as well as a meet and greet with a Formula 1 team are the latest prizes on offer for this year’s CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Up to two drivers will be selected to take part in a test day at the end of 2018 and sample a modern specification Carrera Cup car.
A number of former Australian Formula 4 drivers have graduated to the Porsche platform, including Brenton Grove, Jordan Love and most recently, Jimmy Vernon.
With Australian Formula 4 recognised as an endorsed FIA category, this year’s champion will also receive flights and accommodation to the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony and meet and greet with a Formula One team principal.
Current Volante Rosso driver Josh Hunt will be one of the judges of this year’s Formula 4 field. Hunt himself has travelled up the international motor racing ladder, reaching as high as Champ Car Atlantics in the United States.
“This is something that we are really excited about as young driver development is a focus for the team at VR to ensure drivers are getting the best chance to progress in their careers,” Hunt said.
“I have been very fortunate to be on the receiving end of development programs that helped me to reach the levels I did. Most notably was the support of Champ Car in 2004.
“F4 is the logical place to offer this opportunity as it is the first step out of karts and the time of a drivers career when support and advice can have the biggest impact. We want to be a part of that, to contribute”.
The Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year will also continue in 2018, with past recipients including 2016 Champion Will Brown, Simon Fallon and Ryan Suhle. The top rookie will receive a free lease for the 2019 championship, or seven sets of Hankook tyres if they own a Formula 4 car outright.
With Hankook secured as the control tyre supplier through to the end of the 2020 championship, and as a bonus, the winning driver of each round will receive a free set of tyres for their next Formula 4 round.
The opening round of the 2018 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship returns to Tasmania’s Symmons Plains on 6 April, after last appearing at the venue in 2016.