2015 CAMS Australian Formula 4 graduate Thomas Randle has won this year’s Mike Kable Young Gun Award.
The award recognises the efforts of an outstanding first-year driver in either Supercars or Super2, as voted by members of the media, with a cash prize of $15,000.
Randle’s season aboard the Tickford Racing Falcon saw a pole position, round podium, and podium race finishes at Barbagallo and Sandown.
“I don’t know what to say. My heart is racing. I didn’t really expect this,” Randle said on supercars.com.
“I didn’t know how the year was going to go, this time last year I didn’t know what I was going to be doing. My manager said ‘what would you say if I told you Tim Edwards wanted you to drive for him?’”
This season was literally a home-coming for Randle, after moving to the United Kingdom in 2016 to seek out his Formula 1 aspirations. It was a remarkable two seasons for the Victorian who sampled machinery from Formula Renault, Formula 3, LMP3, Toyota Racing Series and even a British Touring Car.
With a strong open-wheeler background, Randle otherwise seamlessly adapted well to the Supercar.
“It’s been an awesome year. I’ve learnt heaps. I’m from an open-wheeler background so there’s a lot of big differences,” Randle said.
“Sitting on the right-hand-side of the car and learning the tyre, which is something different, were big things. Five out of the seven tracks were brand new to me and the last time I’d raced at the others I was in an open-wheeler.”
It’s the second consecutive year a Formula 4 graduate has taken out the award, with 2016 Formula 4 Champion Will Brown claiming the award after his debutant Super2 season in 2017.