JRD double-up for Formula 4 comeback

Junior Racing Development will make a return to the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship, fielding a two-car line-up at the season opening Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

With several years of experience running in Victorian Formula Vee, the team will field entries for their regular team drivers Heath Collinson and Matt Holmes.

For Collinson, having attended several Grands Prix as a spectator, the chance to race at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit was too good to ignore.

“As a passionate and lifelong Formula 1 fan, racing at the Grand Prix has been a dream for a long time and an opportunity I never thought I would have,” Collinson said.

“So when presented with the chance, I jumped at it. I can’t wait for the weekend to arrive.”

Holmes, who won the 2017 CAMS Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship in Formula Vee, is equally thrilled of the opportunity but also conscious of his experience compared to the calibre of Formula 4 drivers surrounding him.

“Going to the Grand Prix in the Formula 4 will be an awesome experience, I just can’t wait,” Holmes said.

“I know it’s going to be difficult with being on such on a steep learning curve, but I have completed a test now and have come away from that with a clear idea on what’s required to drive these cars at the limit.

“It’s just going to be a matter of transferring that knowledge into to what I do in the car now.”

Collinson’s start is off the back of his success in the 2018 CAMS Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship in Formula Ford.

“Racing at the Grand Prix will be my first event in a wings and slicks car, so it’s going to be tough, but it’s a challenge I am looking forward to,” Collinson added.

JRD is already well versed with Australian Formula 4 machinery, after two-seasons fielding entries for Jordan Mazzaroli and 2018 Super3 Series winner Tyler Everingham in 2016 and 2017.

Whilst the Grand Prix will be a one-off appearance for the squad in 2019, the team is open to running entries throughout 2019 with the view of a full-time comeback in 2020.

Round One of the 2019 CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship will support the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 from 14–17 March.