Team BRM reunite with experience

Dual CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Champions Team BRM has confirmed a trio of experienced drivers as part of its 2019 championship line-up.

In a sensational coup, the South Australian squad has secured 2018 runner up Ryan Suhle to join Burson Auto Parts Rookie of 2018 Lochie Hughes, alongside another experienced campaigner in Tommy Smith.

After stints with Zagame Autosport and AGI Sport, 2018 runner-up Ryan Suhle will compete in a third season of Australian Formula 4 with Team BRM. (Photo: Rhys Vandersyde)

It will be Suhle’s third season of Australian Formula 4, with recent regulation changes permitting drivers to compete for more than two seasons in the development category. The 2019 season will be busy for Suhle, with the Queenslander double-stinting with a Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge program.

“I’m super excited to be back in F4 for the 2019 season, arguably the biggest year for F4,” Suhle said.

“A change in team this year to Team BRM was unexpected. We initially planned to only run GT3 Cup Challenge this year, but the opportunity to also run F4 cropped up. With the Grand Prix and a really exciting calendar, we really couldn’t say no.

“I feel like there’s some unfinished business for me in this category.”

With plenty of interest in Australian Formula 4’s first ever appearance at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, Team BRM has also confirmed a single-round appearance for Brenton Griguol.

The South Australian businessman is well acquainted with Team BRM, with the squad recently preparing Griguol’s Radical Australia Cup car at the Bathurst 12 Hour and previously a Lamborghini REX in the CAMS Australian GT Championship.

Victorian Tommy Smith is confirmed for a second Australian Formula 4 season after a recent stint in New Zealand’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series. (Photo: Rhys Vandersyde)

With AGI Sport claiming the last two Australian Formula 4 titles, Team BRM are eager to add to their wall of champions. Current Supercars endurance driver Will Brown won the team’s last Australian Championship in 2016.

Team Principal Mark Rundle is thrilled with the calibre of his season’s line-up so far.

“Ryan has been a stand-out driver in the Australian Formula 4 Championship the last couple of seasons, and we’re thrilled he will be going around with us in 2019,” Rundle said.

“There’ll be some really strong competition for Ryan though, as we know Lochie Hughes is eager to go one better after securing the Burson Rookie title last year and Tommy Smith is fresh from a month racing in New Zealand with the Castrol Toyota Racing Series.

“We’re also excited to have Brenton Griguol joining us for the Grand Prix round. Having worked with him at the 12 Hour, he’ll certainly keep on the toes of our younger championship drivers.”

Team BRM anticipate further driver signings to come, with the first round at the Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019 taking place on 14–17 March.

Queenslander Lochie Hughes dominated last year’s Burson Auto Parts Rookie title, claiming seven from seven rookie wins. (Photo: Dan Thompson)