Who can catch the championship leader?

Opening round winner of the 2018 CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship Cameron Shields has his sights on claiming back-to-back round wins of the next round at Phillip Island.

Third last year at the picturesque venue, Shields is keen to go one better in a few weeks.

His nearest championship rival Ryan Suhle was runner-up last year to Shields’ then teammate Simon Fallon.

“Tasmania couldn’t have gone much better to kick off the championship,” Shields said.

“Coming away with the round win and some very close battles with Ryan Suhle, it was one to remember.”

Phillip Island is a universal favourite amongst the field, and even with the field of rookies already chalking up testing kilometres in the lead up, Shields will be one of a handful to have previously raced in a Formula 4.

“Phillip Island is one of the fastest and flowing tracks in the country,” Shields said.

“For me, the final corner is by far the coolest. Although in an F4 it is easily flat, we approach the straight at around 200 km/h and the view down the main straight, and over Bass Straight, is something very unique.

“You won’t find it anywhere else.”

With a substantial eight week gap between rounds one and two, Shields has remained race fit inside the gap.

“Between other racing endeavours and completing my final year at school by no means have I been bored,” Shields said.

With Shields leading the championship, he’s also keen to go back-to-back with Castrol Pole Position awards in Saturday qualifying.

“To complete the perfect lap around the island is incredibly rewarding,” Shields said.

“It is very difficult to do because the average speed is so high, which makes the car on edge for every inch of every corner.

“Team BRM have done an exceptional job with providing the McDonald’s car the perfect setup this year, and I hope we can see one of those perfect laps come qualifying.”

Round Two of the CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship commences on Friday 1 June at Phillip Island, as part of the Shannons Nationals weekend.

Free online live streaming of Sunday’s (June 3) action will be available on formula4.com.au.