Burson Rookie On Track

In 2018, Lochie Hughes joined a strong line-up of Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year winners which include Will Brown, Simon Fallon and Ryan Suhle.

It was a standout year for the Queensland driver in his first season in open-wheel racing, with Hughes joining the prestigious honour board on the garages of Team BRM.

“Yeah it’s pretty good to get my name on the board, especially for next year I can look back on a wicked year I had,” Hughes said.

“It’s been a great year with Team BRM and I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work and effort they have put in, not only on track but off track. They are a great group of guys and I can’t wait to race F4 next year.”

A race win and podium finishes characterised his season, though Hughes became the first ever to claim a clean-sweep of Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round awards – victorious in all seven rounds of this year’s CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship.

“It’s pretty special and I haven’t made big mistakes like you expect from a rookie so I have just been learning and trying to keep everything straight,” Hughes said.

“The racing was good, and to get seven out of seven Burson Rookie rounds this year was phenomenal.”

With former Burson Rookie alumni going on to do greater things in both Formula 4 and abroad, Hughes is itching to emulate their successes in 2019.

“Hopefully next year we can try and do the same thing overall with the championship just like we have done with the rookie, this time winning the championship,” Hughes said.

“I can’t wait for next year. This gap is going to take forever so I just want the first round to be next week.”