First Irishman joins Australian Formula 4 Grid

British F4 driver Christian Lester will make his international debut at this weekend’s opening round of the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Christian’s father Hector Lester will be familiar to many in Australian motor sport, with the Irishman previously competing in CAMS Australian GT Championship events and the Bathurst 12 Hour.

This weekend will be Christian’s first Grand Prix event.

“Racing at the Australian Grand Prix has always been a dream of mine,” Lester said.

“My two idols Eddie Irvine and of course my dad, Hector, both won here. The only two Irishmen to win in a Ferrari here.”

After arriving in Melbourne over the weekend, Lester has visited the Albert Park Circuit and is eagerly awaiting driving it aboard his Rossoverde Racing Formula 4 car.

“This track is very special with both views of the lake and the city surrounding it. It’s a very fast and flowing track too,” Lester added.

“My goal this weekend is to enjoy myself and get the best possible result I can achieve.”

Entered under the Rossoverde Racing banner this weekend, Lester will have local knowledge and support backing his drive amongst 17 other Australian Formula 4 cars.

“My team for the weekend will be headed by Philip Hughes of Hughes Supercar Services along with Harvest Motorsport,” Lester said.

“We’re also aided by our own team Rossoverde Racing, accompanied by our team manager John Buchan.”

2019 will be Lester’s third year of competitive motor sport, with the Irishman making his motor racing debut back in 2017 where he is also currently competing in British F4 this season.

“In 2017 I competed in my first ever event, two Ford Fiesta races back home before moving straight up to FIA Formula 4 with no karting or racing background prior to this,” Lester added.

“Last year I had an enjoyable time with lots of testing and taking a rookie fourth from my first race.”

Lester’s entry confirms a capacity 18-car grid ahead of this weekend’s opening round.

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.