Love Claims Race Three, Brown Wins Round

Photos by Rhys Vandersyde

Team BRM’s Jordan Love has clinched his second consecutive race win during Sunday’s final race at Symmons Plains.

The West Australian lead for the entire third race of the weekend, with teammate Will Brown and AGI Sport’s Nick Rowe joining Love on the podium.

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“Second victory for this weekend, I’m very happy with that,” Love said.

“We lead from start to finish, managed to get a good start and I think from there it was just head down and make no mistakes and keep on going.

“I’m really happy to come away with the win and that gives us a bit of confidence going into Round Two.”

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Despite not claiming victory across the three race weekend, Brown clinched the overall round victory after finishing second in Race One and Love retiring from the Saturday opener.

Brown leads the championship standings by one point over Love.

“Obviously this year we’re looking at the championship and trying to win it,” Brown said.

“The races probably didn’t go as planned, we were hoping to win one. We had a bit of a disappointing first race and also second race with gear change downshift problems.

“We’re still leading the championship and we’ll work towards it for Phillip Island and see what we can do.”

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Throttle issues had plagued Rowe earlier in the weekend, however the SCT Logistics pilot enjoyed a more consistent Sunday and secured third place for the round.

“These two boys [Love and Brown] were having a good battle, we were a few tenths off them which was a bit unfortunate but that’s alright Jordan drove like a champion,” Rowe said.

Despite Love and Rowe involved in a tangle at Turn Four on Saturday, the West Australians had moved on from the incident.

“Nah, we’re alright!” Exclaimed both Love and Rowe at the end of Sunday.

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Brenton Grove was crowned the Burson Rookie of the Round, with the Grove Hire driver impressing in his Formula 4 debut with a debut win on Saturday.

“For this weekend I’ve had the highs and lows of motor sport,” Grove said.

“Had my first race win yesterday, and today didn’t have as much luck in the last race. The car was creeping so I put my foot on the brake and the throttle. These cars have a safety mechanism so if that happens it cuts the engine, so I couldn’t get off the line.”

Despite difficult stints in Races Two and Three, Grove’s opening race win ensured the Team BRM completed the weekend in fourth place overall.

“It’s promising, the pace, and it’s exciting for the next round to come that I can match some of the boys. Take away some positives and we’ll go next round.”

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Karting graduate Josh Denton also impressed this weekend by claiming the U Race It Fastest Lap of the weekend with a 0:56.2606 on Lap 11 during Race Three.

“It was really enjoyable this weekend, I learnt a lot,” Denton said.

“That last race I managed to get the lap record so I’m happy with that and I ended up with a good result. I’m really happy with the way my start went.

“Overall it was a really good weekend and I learnt a lot.”

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The entire group of drivers were encouraged with their progression throughout the weekend, with most drivers relieved the get the first competitive race weekend out of the way.

“It was great. The experience was fantastic to finally get to a race and experience it all, it’s great. All the racing was great all weekend and heaps fun!” AGI Sport’s Jack Smith said.

Smith enjoyed a battle with fellow rookie Josh Conroy over fourth and fifth position, with Smith holding on to finish fifth in Race Three.

“He [Conroy] was right behind me pretty much the whole race,” Smith said.

“I had to defend a little bit, but it was fun to defend and fun to be in a battle with someone. It was all a good experience.”

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It was an encouraging start for new team JRD, alongside their 15-year-old pilot Tyler Everingham. Both team and driver enjoyed massive gains, with being only one second off Brown’s pole position on Saturday being a highlight. However engine issues restricted Everingham in the final race.

“I’ve been really impressed with myself as far as how much I’ve dropped off in such a short period of time,” Everingham said.

“I thought it would take longer and more progressive, but it’s been good. We’re starting to get really good as far as dropping into the times and getting in there as soon as we can.”

Round Two of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship next treks to Phillip Island on April 15–17.

Race Three Results

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Fastest Lap Race Time
1 79 Jordan Love Team BRM 14 0:56.4495 13:20.5194
2 99 Will Brown Team BRM 14 0:56.4377 13:21.8705
3 97 Nick Rowe AGI Sport 14 0:56.6797 13:25.0638
4 91 Josh Denton Team BRM 14 0:56.2606 13:27.6418
5 68 Jack Smith AGI Sport 14 0:57.3922 13:41.2410
6 51 Josh Conroy AGI Sport 14 0:57.4318 13:41.4016
7 44 Jordan McGregor JMM 14 0:57.7590 13:45.9696
8 23 Brenton Grove Team BRM 14 0:56.4730 13:46.3916
9 7 Tyler Everingham JRD 11 1:01.6866 13:41.2643

Round One Results

Pos. No. Driver Team Points
1 99 Will Brown Team BRM 51
2 79 Jordan Love Team BRM 50
3 97 Nick Rowe AGI Sport 41
4 23 Brenton Grove Team BRM 33
5 91 Josh Denton Team BRM 29
6 44 Jordan McGregor JMM 26
7 51 Josh Conroy AGI Sport 24
8 68 Jack Smith AGI Sport 22
9 7 Tyler Everingham JRD 18