Round one of the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship visits Tasmania’s Symmons Plains for the first time this weekend.
With five drivers from the 2015 season graduating to race in Europe and America this year, fresh names and faces have made the step up from karting to Formula 4.
“It’s going to be a real mixture this year,” Category Manager Cameron McConville said.
“We’ve got a few new karters that have come in, making the transition such as young Tyler Everingham who’s only 15… I think we’ll see more and more karters making that transition.”
Everingham joins the new Junior Racing Development entry. The 15-year-old successfully completed a two-day test with the team at Phillip Island.
“I’m starting to feel comfortable with the car now. I’ve definitely found a lot of speed since my first test day,” Everingham said.
Jack Smith is another rookie to make his circuit racing debut at Symmons Plains. The Gold Coast racer has joined the two-car AGI Sport entry alongside Nick Rowe, and enjoyed a race simulation at Phillip Island.
“Testing’s been really good. We’ve sort of picked up the times, we’re starting to get on the pace,” Smith said.
“I’ve had some great little battles with Nick, just to have some fun and get the hang of all the race craft and everything and try some passes and all of that, it’s been heaps of fun.”
Rowe now assumes the role as the senior AGI Sport driver, and is confident of his own championship aspirations.
“It’s pretty cool. It’s something I didn’t expect I’d be doing but it’s pretty cool fun,” Rowe said.
“Me and Jack get along well. Hopefully by the end of the year we can finish 1-2 in the championship – you never know!”
Team BRM will field a four-car entry, with a mix of experienced circuit racers and karting graduates defining the South Australian squad.
Will Brown, who was the 2015 Burson Rookie of the Year with AGI Sport, will now steer the championship winning car of Jordan Lloyd from 2015.
“It’s Year Two for me. So I’m looking at stepping it up again and hopefully being able to win the series,” Brown said.
“The new team’s been great. We’ve shown a fair bit of pace in the last two official practice days, so just hoping we can take that on to Tasmania and have a good round down there.”
Jordan Love also makes the move to Team BRM, and is excited to venture to a new circuit aboard a new car.
“It sort of puts everyone on an equal playing field as no-one’s been there before,” Love said.
“Should be good fun, I’ve heard that the racing’s very close on that track so that should be good fun also.”
Brenton Grove and Josh Denton complete Team BRM’s roster of drivers, with Grove arriving from a background racing Porsches and Denton in karting.
“It’s been good so far. It’s different to try and learn a car that’s got aero. Anything I’ve ever driven hasn’t had a whole lot of aero, it’s been more horsepower,” Grove said.
“To try to get my head around to trust the grip and trust the aero is something different, but I’m starting to get my head around it now and it’s a good experience.”
Denton is also enthusiastic about making the jump to Formula 4, and has already received plenty of tuition during official test days prior to his first competitive race weekend.
“BRM are fantastic to work with and they are helping me incredibly,” Denton said.
“I went out for the first session, focusing on getting used to the car my driving techniques, my lines, braking pressure and throttle application.”
|7||Tyler Everingham||JRD Development|
|15||Josh Denton||Team BRM|
|23||Brenton Grove||Team BRM|
|44||Jordan McGregor||Jordan McGregor Motorsports|
|79||Jordan Love||Team BRM|
|68||Jack Smith||AGI Sport|
|99||Will Brown||Team BRM|
|97||Nick Rowe||AGI Sport|
|TBC||Declan Fraser||AGI Sport|