Formula4.com.au recently caught up with the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship’s Driver Standards Coach Karl Reindler (pictured right) and asked him about how he thinks the driving standards are going so far in the first season of Australian Formula 4 and his recent co-driving role racing with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in the V8 Supercars PIRTEK Endurance Cup.
F4: Now that we have just passed the halfway mark in the championship, what do you think of the driving standards after Round 4 at Sandown?
KR: Generally speaking, pretty good! Race 3 especially was fantastic – they all drove really well. In the first race a couple of them did slip-up and we did have a few penalties to apply, but the general standard of driving is pretty good and we are doing a job of grooming these young guys and girls to take on the rest of the world.
F4: What instructions do you give to the drivers before each round?
KR: Don’t change too much – the way they are driving is a balanced level of aggression and being a little bit too soft out there, and I think they have found a really good balance out there at the moment!
F4: Karl you had double duties over the weekend at Sandown, talk us through your new V8 Supercars gig.
KR: I’m driving alongside Lucus Dumbrell Motorsport with Tim Blanchard in the Cooldrive Commodore, it was double duties over the Sandown weekend for me, and it was interesting bouncing back-and-forth. It’s funny, I’m telling all these young drivers what to do out there, while I’m on track and going for a big lunge down the inside all I can think about is how these kids watching from the sidelines hoping that I’m going to do the right thing! It was fun doing both over the weekend.