Fifteen-year-old Emerson Harvey’s first motor race will be one to remember, when he makes his CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship debut next month at the Australian Grand Prix.
The grandson of Australian motor racing legend John Harvey, who was inducted into the 2018 Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame, Emerson will line-up at the Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019 support race with 2015 & 2016 championship winning squad Team BRM.
“Making my circuit racing debut at the Australian Grand Prix is going to be super special. To race on the same track as the same drivers I watch each weekend is a real honour,” Harvey said.
“Though I’ll be sure to put in a lot of work between now and then to get my fitness up, and get to know the layout of the track. I’m excited to get to know the team, the car and the Albert Park circuit.”
The four-day race weekend will be Harvey’s first foray into circuit racing, after recently competing in the Australian Kart Championship’s KA2 class. This year Harvey has stepped up in the senior ranks and finished fifth in the first round of 2019.
Harvey sampled a Team BRM Formula 4 in South Australia last weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park, with team principal Mark Rundle suitably impressed in Harvey’s first experience in a car.
“Emerson, after just the one day in the car, really impressed me,” Rundle said.
“The Grand Prix will be a massive step for him, but one we are looking forward to helping him progress through. He has the talent, it’s now just seat time and experience. He is a future champion that is for sure.”
With corporate support from Shannons Insurance, Dutton Garage and Focus on Furniture, Harvey is also a junior ambassador of the EB Research Foundation. Harvey hopes to use the Grand Prix raise funds in finding a cure for the debilitating skin disease epidermolysis bullosa.
Harvey joins what is currently a five-car line-up at Team BRM, with squad confirming the arrival of Lochie Hughes, Ryan Suhle and Tommy Smith for the season and Brenton Griguol as a Grand Prix wildcard.
The Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019 hosts the opening round of the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship on March 14-17.