The calendar for the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship has been announced, with Symmons Plains to start the season and a Trans-Tasman round confirmed to conclude the year.
A mixture of events has been confirmed across V8 Supercars, Shannons Nationals and Highlands 101 to ensure the category remains affordable and enticing for entrants across seven rounds.
“Whilst this has taken some time to put together, we needed to ensure that travel costs were down for our teams, but we kept F4 with the biggest show in town – V8 Supercars,” Formula 4 Category Manager Cameron McConville said.
“We are confident that this is the best mix of high profile events, purpose built race tracks and something new to finish the year with.”
Competition will commence earlier in 2016, with Formula 4 making its first appearance at the V8 Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains, on April 1–3.
In a first for the Shannons Nationals, Formula 4 will headline the Sydney Motorsport Park round on July 1–3. With greater track time available for all participants of The Nationals, Formula 4 teams and drivers will be able to showcase their cars and driving in a longer format of racing across the weekend.
V8 Supercars rounds at Phillip Island, Ipswich, the Sandown 500 and Gold Coast 600 will also return in 2016.
The season will later feature a spectacular conclusion at Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand, supporting the popular Australian GT finale at the Highlands 101.
“To wrap up the series in New Zealand is a great opportunity to showcase the category to the New Zealand market and possibly place a few young Kiwis on the grid,” McConville said.
“We have to thank Tony Quinn and the Australian GT Series for inviting us over to Queenstown in what we will be an exciting Grand Final.
“Our key commercial partners Jayco, Penrite and Hankook are all active in the New Zealand market, so holding a round in New Zealand opens some opportunities for them as well.”
The addition of rounds at the Tasmania SuperSprint, Shannons Nationals and Highlands 101 will give competitors the opportunity to showcase longer races, whilst also ensuring the category remains affordable for entrants all year round.
“As part of CAMS’ move to run the Shannons Nationals next year, it’s nice to feature F4 on this calendar as this will give us great track time and ensure we run on the best tracks in Australia,” McConville said.
2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Calendar:
Round 1 – Tasmania SuperSprint: April 1–3
Round 2 – Phillip Island SuperSprint: April 15–17
Round 3 – Shannons Nationals Sydney Motorsport Park: July 1–3
Round 4 – Ipswich SuperSprint: July 22–24
Round 5 – Sandown 500: September 16–18
Round 6 – Gold Coast 600: October 21–23
Round 7 – Highlands Park 101: November 11–12