Get ready for Round 3 of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park. As we progress to the middle of the season the drivers have been able to get a better feel for the cars and also test their metal on a variety of tracks including street and circuit.
Sydney Motorsport Park is renowned as a true test for even the most experienced drivers. Over a full lap the drivers can expect fast flowing sections with sharp change of direction, with slow speed hairpins and a long front straight heading into a sweeping first corner.
Over the first two rounds we have seen clean racing presented in a dynamic manner as these young rookies go wheel to wheel. They will continue to do so at some of Australia’s premier circuits and race tracks in support of the V8 Supercars Championship, and in the name of progressing Australian driver development.
Jordan Lloyd (#94 Team BRM) has made an early jump in the championship points with a 30-point lead over his closest rival Thomas Randle. Having won four of the six races so far, Lloyd has done his best to cement his place as the early championship favourite.
“I’m feeling pretty excited, leading the championship is a big thing for sure but the worst thing I can do at this stage is over-pressure myself,” Lloyd said.
“Most of the racing I’ve been involved with in F4 has been hard but clean for sure, I think as far as a junior category goes its definitely one of the best.”
Thomas Randle (#49 DREAM Motorsport) has been looking at the back of Lloyd’s car for the majority of races until he broke the drought in Ipswich with a win in Race 2.
With a penalty in Round 1 after an incident involving Jimmy Vernon, Randle’s first Formula 4 experience could only be described as disappointing.
In response, Randle posted his first win in Race 2 in Ipswich in a reverse grid, where he fought his way from fifth to take the lead from Lloyd on Lap 8 of 12 and from there on he never looked back.
“What a race, the battles I had were pretty intense,” Randle said.
“I started fifth and didn’t get the best start, but I made a couple of outside moves on Nick Rowe and Jordan Lloyd, and I am very happy to come away with the win.”
Pleased with his performance after the Ipswich round that saw Randle post three consecutive fastest qualifying laps, Randle is feeling confident going into Round 3.
“I’m feeling quite confident for the third round of the championship at Sydney Motorsport Park in a week and a half. We got off to a very rough start this year, but we’ve been working hard and round two was definitely a step forward for us,” Randle continued.
“We were quickest at SMSP in pre-season testing and I think the car and myself have both developed since then, so I hope we can be on top and try and reel in Jordan who currently leads the championship.”
With the struggle for first playing out as it has, a battle for third place in the points has been brewing, making some of the most exciting racing the championship has seen so far.
Round 2 Burson Rookie of the Round recipient Harry Hayek (#26 Team BRM) has proven that he has what it takes to stand on the podium.
Hayek has taken third place three times in six races, giving him a third place position in the championship and believes he will have another strong result at Sydney.
“I haven’t competed there before. However, unlike Townsville and Queensland Raceway, we have been fortunate enough to take part in an official Formula 4 test day held there, allowing most of the rookie drivers to get a feel for the circuit,” Hayek said.
“I can already say that the track has an awesome layout and with most of the drivers having been there before, it should make for some good close racing.”
The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will hit the track for Round 3 on Friday August 21 at Sydney Motorsport Park.