Nissan Motorsport has elected two CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 graduates to sample their V8 Supercars machinery at a test day in 2016.
Originally slated for one driver, Rick and Todd Kelly opted for Australian Formula 4 Champion Jordan Lloyd and championship runner-up Thomas Randle to test a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar.
“For Todd and I, one of the things we’ve been very passionate about since we started our own team at Nissan Motorsport is bringing in new talent,” Rick Kelly said.
“So for us to see the F4 campaign kick off in flying colours this year, it was certainly very exciting.”
The Kelly brothers spent the last few months assessing all the drivers in the Formula 4 field, with the contest for who would take the test going down to the wire.
“I reckon probably four or five times we’ve actually changed our mind as to who it was going to be in the car,” Todd Kelly said.
“It was so close, we’ve both decided to give two of you young guys a run. We’ve chosen Jordan Lloyd and Thomas Randle. Just one thing, make sure you look after Rick’s car!”
“It’ll be Todd’s car!” Rick Kelly said.
For the inaugural Formula 4 champion, Lloyd, it will be his first experience in a closed-cockpit racing car.
“Definitely a great opportunity, V8 Supercars being the leading category here in Australia is a good target,” Lloyd said.
“I’ve never been in a tin-top before in my life, so it’s definitely going to be a good experience for myself and for Tom as well.
“Wherever I can get my butt into a steer is basically where I’m going to go!”
Randle is no stranger to driving with a roof, having competed in the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series throughout 2014 and 2015.
“I wasn’t actually expecting that!” a surprised Randle said.
“Really good that they chose two guys … definitely a good choice with Jordan. He’s been a real standout this year and has been, obviously, my number one rival. He hasn’t put a foot wrong.
“Credit to the guys at Nissan and everyone here who organised it, I’ll be looking forward to it and show them what we’ve got.”
A recent tour of the Nissan Motorsport garage at Phillip Island gave the drivers a behind the scenes glimpse into a top line motor sport operation.
“We got to tour the garage at Phillip Island, which was really cool,” Randle said.
“Professional setup, hopefully it’s similar to drive [to the Sports Sedan] and I’ll just make the most of it.”
The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship thanks Nissan Motorsport for providing this great opportunity to our Formula 4 drivers.