Team BRM has made the first key moves in defending their CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 championship title, signing teenagers Will Brown and Brenton Grove for the 2016 season.
Brown finished third in the 2015 championship, winning the series’ first ever race (in Townsville) and going on to score six additional podium finishes across the 21-race season.
Grove, son of Porsche Carrera Cup Carrera Challenge champion Stephen, will make his wings-and-slicks debut this year after gaining racing experience in Porsche 944 and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competition in recent years.
17 year old Brown, from Toowoomba in Queensland, last year secured the series’ inaugural Rookie of the Year award for finishing behind only eventual champion, Team BRM’s own Jordan Lloyd, and Thomas Randle in the final standings.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Will to Team BRM,” Team Manager Mark Rundle said.
“With a year’s experience in the cars already under his belt, we’re looking forward to him being a contender for race and round victories from the very first race of the season at Symmons Plains this April.
“He’s already a proven winner and this year he will work closely with the team to translate the performance he already has into a championship victory.”
Grove, 18, is looking forward to a year of learning with Team BRM having gained a majority of his racing experience to date driving Porsche’s.
He says he is ready to take up the challenge of a maiden season in open-wheel competition.
“For me, the opportunity to work with Team BRM and be associated with CAMS through their scholarship program is something that is really special,” Grove said.
“Team BRM’s pedigree in open wheelers and their past history of working with young drivers is second to none.
“For someone like me who missed the karting phase, a series such as F4 is the perfect platform to learn the necessities of racing, having the opportunity to compete against some of the best young kids in Australia.
“It’s an honour to be a part of their scholarship program and to work with people like Mark Rundle and Cameron McConville is something which will propel my career forward in leaps and bounds. This year is very much a learning year for me and to do it with BRM will only speed up the process.
“There is no real plan just yet for me, so this year I’m just looking to soak up all the information I can possibly get and really work hard to develop my driving as much as I can.
“I need to say thank you to my family, Team BRM and CAMS for making this incredible opportunity possible and I can’t wait to get the series started in Tasmania.”
Team BRM had a highly successful inaugural season in the Australian Formula 4 championship, winning the championship thanks to Lloyd’s twelve race victories across the season.
Teammates Harry Hayek (4th), Zane Goddard (9th) and Frankie Maiolo (10th) ensured all four full-time Team BRM entries finished in the top ten of the competitive open-wheel championship.
Team BRM’s experience in driver development has also been showcased with Lloyd (USF2000 Championship), Goddard and Hayek (MSA Formula) already confirmed to be taking on international categories this year.
The team has already tested several impressive young drivers ahead of the championship commencing and will make further announcements regarding their driving squad in due course.
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