One of the first to drive a TCR car on Australian shores, CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Champion Jayden Ojeda got a unique insight into one of Australia’s newest categories.
Ojeda was among a small number of drivers to be part of the first ever on track session for TCR Australia, when it had an official launch and test day at Sydney Motorsport Park on Monday.
Fresh from claiming the Formula 4 Championship earlier this month, Ojeda was thrilled with the opportunity and impressed with the machinery.
“It was pretty interesting session because I have never driven anything with a roof on it, let alone on the left hand side,” Ojeda said.
“The brakes on the TCR car were a lot better than I expected and stepping onto the power out of the corner was really impressive.
“There were a lot of new factors to take in but at the end of the day, it was a cool experience and it’s a cool initiative to link up Australia with the rest of the world.
“I think TCR has a done a great job in coming to Australia.”
It will be a busy few weeks for the young driver, with the 19-year-old to test a range of different vehicles thanks to securing the Championship.
On top of this week’s TCR test, Ojeda will get to drive a Brad Jones Racing prepared Holden Commodore Supercar at Winton, before heading off to New Zealand to take part in a Castrol Toyota Racing Series test day later in December.
“First couple of weeks of December look really busy but fun,” Ojeda added.
“At the TCR launch on Monday, I managed to meet and have a good chat with Brad Jones ahead of the test day at Winton which was really nice.
“Like the TCRs, I have never driven a Supercar, or anything with that sort of power before, so it will be a very cool experience and I am looking forward to it.
“I am also really excited for the Hampton Down tests, obviously a little more what I am used to with F4 cars so that should be cool.”
Motor sport fans should keep an eye on Formula4.com.au to see what all the category’s graduates are up to in the coming months as they look to take the next step in their motor sport journey.