It was a whirlwind weekend for NSW racer Josh Conroy during the opening round of the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Symmons Plains.
With experience racing a Radical in NSW state events and as a Junior Engineer in the Japanese Super Formula, Conroy’s credentials were certainly unique to the championship.
Conroy only received confirmation on the Thursday morning of the Symmons Plains weekend, and arrived from Sydney to Launceston later that evening.
“I didn’t even know I was going to be here on Wednesday night!,” Conroy said.
“It was pretty surreal to sit in the car on Thursday night for the seat fitting.”
With Conroy’s experience as an engineer in Super Formula, the teenager was able to setup the car to his liking as the weekend progressed. A fifth place in Race Two on Sunday being Conroy’s best result for the weekend.
“I was confident that we’d made the right setup changes and it proved right, I gained another three tenths off my qualifying time even,” Conroy said.
“All the changes worked and we ended up with a very competitive race car… and I was very happy with how my weekend panned out considering it was my debut in the category, and I had no prior experience in the car.”
A spirited battle with teammate Jack Smith in the final Race Three was another highlight where Conroy’s confidence within himself and the car showed.
“The dice in the last race was a lot of fun, we were both pushing hard and I wasn’t quite able to get past him, but it was thoroughly enjoyable,” Conroy said.
“Just been chipping away, chipping away, and I’ve gained basically two seconds from where I started so I’m pretty happy with that.
Despite already having experience overseas, albeit as an engineer, Conroy’s ultimate aim is similar to many young Australian racers.
“Overall I’d like to get to Europe,” Conroy said.
“The level of racing over there is unbelievable and it’s something I want to be a part of. I think F4 is the direction for that.”