Australian karter Reece Sidebottom has had his first sample of an Australian Formula 4 car during a test held at Wakefield Park today.
As a reward for claiming the 2015 KF3 Junior Australian Title, the Echuca driver experienced 60 laps aboard the AGI Sport prepared car debuted by Nick Filipetto at Homebush.
Sidebottom enjoyed the transition from a sprint kart to an open-wheel racing car.
“It was the best thing I’ve done!” Sidebottom enthused.
“Going down the straight, it felt a heap quicker. Under brakes you could brake really hard and pull it up really quickly compared to the go kart.”
AGI Sport’s Adam Gotch was present at the test, and Sidebottom remarked he had impressed the Team Principal.
“They said that I went a lot quicker than they were expecting me to go and that I handled the car well,” Sidebottom said.
“Adam Gotch said I had to really focus on my brake pressure, and towards the end of the day it was getting a lot better.”
Formula 4 Category Manager Cameron McConville was equally pleased to see the karting star sample an open-wheeler for the first time.
“Although the 2015 Championship only concluded last weekend, we were really keen to get Reece in an F4 car as soon as possible,” McConville said.
“He’s clearly a talent and we are hoping to see more of him in the New Year.”
Sidebottom confirmed that his main priority is to gather sponsorship to fund a CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship drive for 2016, after watching the 2015 championship on television.
“Yeah I watched every session, it was very close and good to watch,” Sidebottom said.
“I’m looking to Formula 4 and just looking for sponsorship for next year.”
Sidebottom recently represented Australia in the 2015 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal, finishing tenth overall. The highly rated youngster also has eleven state karting titles to his name, and is a winner of the Rotax Trans-Tasman Challenge in 2012.