After topping yesterday’s practice sessions, Team BRM’s Cameron Shields has backed up his performance to claim the Castrol Pole Position today at Symmons Plains.
In one of the closest pole positions margins in the history of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, it was an intense 20-minute battle between Shields and the AGI Sport duo of Ryan Suhle and Jayden Ojeda.
Shields secured pole position on his final run by just 0.0215 seconds to set a 0:55.5731. The time shatters Will Brown’s 2016 pole time of 0:56.3471.
“That was a really good session. It’s such a tough track to be quick on, everybody’s so close. I think it was down to the very marginal gains at the very end there between Ryan and I,” Shields said.
“It came down to the wire then, so very happy to come out with the pole and now look on for race one this afternoon.”
2017 Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year Ryan Suhle will join Shields on the front row from second on the grid.
“It was really quite an adrenaline rush in that one. It was definitely the most exciting qualifying session I’ve had in F4 and probably overall to be honest. Constantly Cameron and I dicing for P1, and in the end he came out on top,” Suhle said.
“The whole time I was getting told where I was, and how far off I was, that really made me push. I think in the end of the last lap was a purple sector one, and then I just messed up the hairpin which is a bit of a bugger.
“I think that in racing we can come through and just try and hold [Shields] off if we get in front.”
Ojeda shared time at the top of the timesheets for some of the session, but was pleased to still secure a strong qualifying result in his first Formula 4 weekend.
“It definitely was very close out there. So to get third, we’re pretty happy with that, so we’ll try and build on that and then maybe one or two spots forward during the races,” Ojeda said.
“To get third my first qualifying result, we’re pretty happy so can’t ask for much more really.”
CAMS Foundation Rising Star Lochie Hughes was the best of the rookies aboard his Team BRM to set the fourth fastest time. The Queenslander will start on the second row of the grid alongside Ojeda.
Aaron Love and Zayd Tones will start on the third row.
Patrizicorse’s Jackson Walls edging out the remaining two BRMs of Josh Smith and Thomas Smith, and Antonio Astuti aboard his Astuti Motorsport prepared Formula 4.
Crews will now prepare for the first 18 lap race of the weekend at 2:25pm AEST, with a further two races to run on Sunday.
Castrol Qualifying Results
- Cameron Shields – Team BRM: 0:55.5731
- Ryan Suhle – AGI Sport: +0.0215
- Jayden Ojeda – AGI Sport: +0.2237
- Lochie Hughes – Team BRM: +0.4158
- Aaron Love – Team BRM: +0.4829
- Zayd Tones – Team BRM: +0.6220
- Jackson Walls – Patrizicorse: +0.9088
- Josh Smith – Team BRM: +0.9243
- Thomas Smith – Team BRM: +0.9385
- Antonio Astuti – Astuti Motorsport: +1.442