Academy effort on the Gold Coast

CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship drivers have been put through their paces at the annual CAMS Academy camp on the Gold Coast.

Presented by Fitness2Podium, a number of Formula 4 racers enjoyed a productive two days of physiological and mental training at Bond University’s fitness facilities.

The CAMS Academy made the most of Bond University’s state-of-the-art sport facilities, including watt bike training, recovery facilities, running on Burleigh Heads, and rock-climbing.

Fitness2Podium’s Robbie Palmer said it was important for Formula 4’s group to acquire skills at a young age to last a lifetime.

“If you can be five percent better than your opposition, that five percent is going to carry through into your driving as well,” Palmer said.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re doing – having a better mind, having a better body, is going to influence whatever you’re trying to do.

“Be it business, club level, just being a better parent or anything like that – the healthier and fitter you are, the better up here (mind), the better everything else is going to be.”

For some of Formula 4’s rookies, it was an eye-opening experience as part of their general development as professional racing drivers.

“I guess you’re always sort of aware of how extreme motor sport is and the lengths to which you have to prepare to perform at your best,” Antonio Astuti said.

“At this camp you sort of learn how all of that preparation and training actually affects your performance… it’s definitely made an impact.”

CAMS Foundation Rising Star Josh Smith has previously attended camps with the CAMS Academy, but has found each experience completely different to the last.

“This is actually my third time doing it and coming to the third one I’m like ‘oh maybe we’re going to go over stuff I’ve already gone over before’, but they just always have new stuff to tell you, new stuff to learn,” Smith said.

“It’s really a great experience to take it all in, and now put it into action for the rest of the year and hopefully rest of my career.”

For last year’s Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year, Ryan Suhle, the CAMS Academy camp is a great opportunity for racing rivals to unite as one team.

“This is just such a great opportunity to meet all the people that you’re driving with and not just understand what they’re like on the track but also make some bonds off the track,” Suhle said.

The drivers’ attention now turns to the third round of the 2018 CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship at Queensland Raceway, supporting the Ipswich SuperSprint as part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.