Round one of the 2018 CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship at Symmons Plains was a significant weekend for both Jackson Walls and Patrizicorse, as both completed their first weekend in the championship.
Walls, who previously raced for Patrizicorse’s highly-credentialed kart squad, thoroughly enjoyed the experience of his first circuit race weekend.
“My first weekend in a race car was really cool – such a different experience to karting,” Walls said.
“It took a little time to get used to being around other cars.
“There were so many favourite moments, it’s hard to pick just one. Perhaps rolling out for the first time – the end of a long summer lead up period.”
With Walls learning on the track, the weekend was a prime opportunity for the team to bond over a race weekend.
“The first weekend for Patrizicorse was really good,” Walls said.
“Michael [Patrizi] and my dad are both passionate perfectionists, so as usual, everything was very professional.
“With Michael’s uncles Joe and John, plus Lewis my mechanic and Chris on Data, it was a great environment.
“It was our first Formula 4 weekend and against the established teams. I know the Patrizicorse team took plenty away from it.”
Despite both team and driver being relative rookies compared to others in the field, a race weekend was important to accelerate the learning process.
“I took quite a lot away from the weekend, nothing that I care to tell everyone about,” Walls said.
“Let’s just say there were lots of little technique improvements. By the last lap of the weekend, I was ready to start racing.”
Round two and Phillip Island will be another clean slate for Walls and Patrizicorse, though some testing prior to the round will be invaluable experience.
“No, I haven’t run at Phillip Island before – it will be my second car racing weekend ever,” Walls said.
“It looks like it is going to be a lot of full throttle and flowing. We have a test day the week before, so hopefully that will help me get dialled in.”
With a large gap between rounds one and two, Walls has kept his mind sharp and his fitness in check ahead of Phillip Island.
“Going to school five days a week and doing all my homework on time – so my Dad says,” Walls said.
“Bit of mountain bike riding for fitness and a bit of simulator work. Nothing too intense.”
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 (3 June) action will be available on formula4.com.au.