Currently sitting second in the 2018 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship standings, AGI Sport’s Ryan Suhle is adamant of returning home with the top trophy in his travel luggage.
Phillip Island holds great significance for Suhle, with the Queenslander claiming his second pole position and first race win of the year at the track.
Suhle’s intentions for Phillip Island this year are clear.
“Hopefully standing on the top step of the podium,” Suhle said.
“It was super close last year, so there’s no reason not to be finding space in the suitcase to pack the first placed trophy in this year.”
Suhle was runner-up for the round, behind Simon Fallon and ahead of current Formula 4 leader Cameron Shields.
Suhle is only a handful of drivers to have competitively raced at the thrilling venue, developing his own philosophy on preparation for the track.
“Phillip Island is an odd one,” Suhle said.
“It’s one of those tracks where you have an opportunity to reflect after every corner, so it’s really just a point to point thing for me.
“I think about getting every corner perfect, rather than just setting the best lap.”
For Suhle, not a lot beats the energy of a Formula 4 weekend and he has admitted time has passed slowly in the lead up between rounds one and two.
“Definitely an 11/10 on the boredness scale,” Suhle said.
“Bit a bit of a break in between round one and two, but luckily I have plenty of school work to keep me super busy.”
Runner-up to Shields at Symmons Plains, Suhle is only seven points adrift of the championship leader after three races. Aside from not claiming the round win, Suhle has fond memories of his first experience racing in Tasmania.
“The first three to four laps of every race at round one was awesome,” Suhle said.
“I enjoyed the close cold tyre battles heaps.”
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.