Jordan Love has claimed his first victory during Race Two of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Symmons Plains.
“First victory, about time I guess! Started from second last, had a bit of luck coming through field with a few people going off. That really helped, but it’s really livened up the weekend,” Love said.
Nick Rowe had lead the latter half of the race, before Love eventually found a way to get past the AGI Sport pilot.
“Behind Rowie for most of the race, I was really trying to put the pressure on him making him make a mistake. It’s really hard to get him rattled, I’ll tell you that,” Love said.
Rowe enjoyed the battle, and claimed crucial points in second position after yesterday’s Turn Four opening lap incident.
“It was good fun out there, it was pretty close, good battling,” Rowe said.
“So hopefully we get a bit more straight line speed out of this SCT Logistics Formula 4 and see how we go.”
Will Brown had lead the first portion of the race until an off-track excursion at the final corner saw yesterday’s U Race It Pole Position winner finish in third place.
“We’ve had a second and a third now. We were leading that race and I just tried selecting fifth gear going into Turn Six, and it just wouldn’t change down. So we’re going to look through data and see if that was me or there’s a problem with the car,” Brown said.
Brown secured the U Race It Fastest Lap, to set a scintillating 56.3815 second lap time.
“We finished off with good points and we’re still leading the road, the main thing is the championship. So we’ll move on from here.”
Josh Denton had a brilliant getaway from second place at the race start, before a tangle with teammate Brenton Grove causing both Team BRM pilots to remain beached in the soft dirt trap.
“Went into the corner I thought I gave him a lot of room on the outside, obviously I didn’t and I made contact so and I paid for it,” Denton said.
“Not the way I wanted the race to go, but these things happen and we’ll move on for the next race.”
SCT Logistics pilot Jack Smith achieved an impressive fourth place finish after a difficult Saturday opener, with the rookie pleased with his race pace.
“It was great, you know in the first race I didn’t really get much of that! Just to experience the racing conditions, figure out how to do everything. It’s all really a good experience,” Smith said.
Fellow debutant Josh Conroy, who only first experienced a Formula 4 car on Friday, achieved an impressive fifth place hailing improved setup and experience as part of his strong progression.
“Absolutely stoked with that,” Conroy said.
“Just focused on my own racing and ended up going three-tenths faster than I’ve ever gone around here, so I’m happy.
“Now that I got on top of the car, I got some pace and I can focus on the racing so I’m happy.”
Race winner Love was sympathetic toward his teammate’s unfortunate luck across both races, but is increasingly confident with his new partnership with Team BRM.
“We’ve definitely found a little bit within the car, definitely a lot in myself over the past two races,” Love said.
“I think it’s possible to come away with another win but it’s not going to be easy I know that! Should be good racing.”
Race Three at Symmons Plains for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship commences at 4:05pm AEST.