After entering July’s Warwick Kart Club Junior Top Gun event, Kurtis Tennant has completed his prized test day aboard a CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship car at Winton.
The test day was part of a $40,000 prize pool at the club’s event and Tennant was judged to be the recipient of the Formula 4 test day.
Prior to last weekend’s Winton double-round, Tennant enjoyed half-a-dozen sessions aboard Formula 4’s test car at the Victorian circuit.
“I’m normally driving a KA4 Junior and today I’ve been chosen to drive an Australian Formula 4 car. It’s been a crazy experience and it’s just been a ball,” Tennant said.
“I was just making sure that I didn’t spin and hit the fence. I spun once, and after that it’s been a pretty good day. It’s been just awesome.”
Tennant’s confidence grew with each session, discovering the car’s grip and aero levels the harder he drove.
“I had to try believe in myself that I wouldn’t spin,” Tennant said.
“I had to keep pushing it harder and by the end of the day, I was changing more gears because I was going faster – so I was happy with that.”
While the fundamentals of driving a Formula 4 car versus a KA4 kart are largely the same, dealing with gears, brake pressures and engineering data after each session was a new experience for Tennant.
“Driving’s the same, but you’ve got to change gears, brake a lot harder and everything’s a lot bigger,” Tennant said.
“I got a bit exhausted in my hands a few times, so I’d come in, take a break and keep going. It’s been awesome.”
Further test days are scheduled throughout 2018, with interested drivers encouraged to contact [email protected] to book a day.