The CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship will this week race at arguably the favourite amongst the field of young drivers – the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
The 11-strong field will line up on the iconic track six times as part of the Shannons Nationals, commencing with two practice sessions on Friday, Castrol Pole Position on Saturday morning, and the opening race on Saturday afternoon.
Races Two and Three will be live streamed on formula4.com.au.
Fresh from his outstanding victory in the opening round at Symmons Plains in April, championship Cameron Shields leads the Team BRM charge, alongside five other drivers.
Aaron Love is Shields’ highest placed teammate on the standings, after a consistent first round saw the Western Australian claim third sport overall. Burson Auto Parts Rookie leader Lochie Hughes sits in fourth.
Hughes’ closest rival in the rookie battles is teammate Zayd Tones, who is only two points adrift. BRM’s two Smiths, albeit unrelated, Thomas and Josh Smith round out the Team BRM representation.
Sitting in second overall is AGI Sport’s Ryan Suhle, who narrowly missed out on top spot in Tasmania and will be eyeing back-to-back pole positions at Phillip Island. In 2017, it was the scene where the CAMS Foundation Rising Star secured his second pole position of the year and his first race win.
Suhle’s teammate Jayden Ojeda finds himself currently wedged in between Hughes and Tones in fifth overall. AGI Sport expands to three cars this weekend, with an entry for West Australian Ardie Jonic.
Jonic, who has a background racing in speedway, will be making his Australian Formula 4 debut this weekend at Phillip Island – having already undertaken an extensive test day at the venue.
AGI Sport has a history of speedway drivers, with last year’s Australian Formula 4 Champion Nick Rowe also hailing from the discipline.
It was a strong welcome to PatriziCorse and Jackson Walls for their respective debuts in the championship at Symmons Plains, and the Queensland squad will be aiming to fight the established outfits up the front this weekend.
Fellow debutant squad Astuti Motorsport and driver Antonio Astuti who will be also hoping to improve on his five points collected from round one.
The Shannons Nationals at Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit will take place on 1 -3 June, with live coverage of Sunday’s session available on formula4.com.au
Tickets are available for purchase at the gate.
#5 – Ryan Suhle – AGI Sport – CAMS Rising Star/Ray White
#11 – Jackson Walls – PatriziCorse – Objective Racing
#12 – Josh Smith – Team BRM – Shamick Racing
#15 – Lochie Hughes – Team BRM – CAMS Rising Star
#16 – Thomas Smith – Team BRM – SCT Logistics
#27 – Zayd Tones – Team BRM
#31 – Jayden Ojeda – AGI Sport – Engine Sensors Australia
#39 – Antonio Astuti – Astuti Motorsport
#50 – Ardie Jonic – AGI Sport – Jonic Group
#73 – Cameron Shields – Team BRM – McDonald’s Australia
#78 – Aaron Love – Team BRM – Coco’s