The Formula 4 Class of 2015 began their preparations today for the final round of the year around the bumpy streets of Homebush in Sydney.
Thomas Randle made a clean sweep of both Friday practice sessions, with some lively driving equally entertaining for spectators and Randle alike.
“I could see a couple of onboards of me on the TV screen out there – I probably shouldn’t be looking at them, but nah, it was a bit hairy,” Randle said.
The DREAM Motorsport pilot, who carries a striking new livery from street wear brand Travisty, enjoyed the challenge of the Homebush street circuit.
“The lock ups hurt. When you lock up, it stays with you for pretty much the whole session. So you’re trying to deal with that along with trying to brake late on this bumpy circuit, so it’s definitely a factor. Through the Turn Five sweeper it’s really hairy, but it’s awesome fun and I’m loving it so far.
After clinching the 2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at the previous round in Phillip Island, Team BRM’s Jordan Lloyd is content to be at a race weekend without a championship pressing on his mind.
“I’m not really on the limit. I don’t really need to be at this round. We’ve got the championship wrapped up, so this is sort of go out there and have some fun, which is what we’re doing,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd will carry number one on his car this weekend in recognition of his achievement.
“It’s pretty damn good! You don’t see that very often in a junior category, especially in ours, so it’s a bit of privilege as well to have the championship wrapped up at the last round and being able to run that.”
Lloyd’s BRM teammate Frankie Maiolo posted a highly encouraging third fastest time in the second practice session.
“I think I was running P7 until the last lap, and then the team got on the radio and said I only had one more lap to go,” Maiolo said.
“Randle was in front of me, so I tried to keep up with him and do my best. But I was pushing pretty hard, ended up P3 so we’re pretty happy with that.”
Nicholas Rowe makes his return to the championship this weekend, with backing from Famous Insurance, and was immediately on the pace in the opening session in second place.
“It’s pretty bumpy out there,” Rowe said of the circuit condition in the first practice session.
“I’ve been to the Gold Coast and it’s a bit more bumpy than there. Got close to them walls a few times, but a lot of fun.”
Rowe’s AGI Sport teammate Nicholas Filipetto experienced his first taste of Formula 4 machinery, after clinching the 2015 NSW Formula 3 Championship.
Filipetto’s Friday was also the AGI Sport driver’s first encounter on a street circit.
“Got used to the car, got used to the brakes and that,” Filipetto said.
“First time at a street circuit, it was pretty cool. The walls do creep up on you! So there’s really no room for error, but it was really good… We’ll keep chipping away over the weekend.”
Qualifying for Formula 4 takes place from 8:45am Saturday AEDST, with Race 1 to be shown live on Fox Sports 506 from 1:05pm and replayed on Network Ten at 3:45pm.
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