#F4AU 2016: Phillip Island Preview

The second round of the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship visits the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria this weekend.

Team BRM’s Will Brown leads the championship standings by a sole point, with 51 points, over fellow teammate Jordan Love.

Despite claiming the round victory, Brown endured a difficult weekend in Symmons Plains. The Toowoomba pilot hopes to convert his streak of fastest practice and qualifying times into race wins this weekend at Phillip Island.

“Tasmania was an exciting weekend. Didn’t obviously go to plan, had a couple of issues but we’re working forward towards this weekend” Brown said.

“We’ve have a couple of good test days, the car felt great so hopefully we can transfer that into racing and have some pace.”

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AGI Sport driver Nick Rowe sits 10 points behind Brown to sit third in the championship standings. Throttle sensor problems plagued the SCT Logistics supported driver at Symmons Plains, but is confident of more reliability at Phillip Island.

“Should be a good weekend, hey,” Rowe said.

“We’ve worked hard between now and Symmons Plains, trying to get a little bit faster. So hopefully that comes on the track and we can run up the front again.

“Try and win for the [AGI Sport] boys, that’d be cool.”

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DREAM Motorsport return to the championship at Phillip Island with Simon Fallon and Josh Conroy.

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Fallon is the cousin of current V8 Supercars driver Tim Blanchard and has multiple state and national karting titles to his name, and will steer the ex-Luis Leeds machine.

Conroy, who makes the switch to DREAM Motorsport after campaigning an AGI Sport car at Symmons Plains, is looking forward to sampling Phillip Island after acclimatising himself with Formula 4 machinery after previously never sampling the cars prior to Symmons Plains.

“Pretty pumped about this weekend,” Conroy said.

“We came out of Tasmania a bit more ahead than where we started because we had never been in the car before the Thursday.”

Conroy will pilot the ex-Thomas Randle car at Phillip Island, after briefly sampling the car at a private test at Wodonga yesterday (Wednesday).

“When we signed up with DREAM for this weekend I even got a test day in the car at Wodonga, getting used to the car, getting used to working with the team. A bit of a bonding session really. I’m pumped for this weekend. Simon, who’s my teammate, I think we’re going to be up there. Minimum of a top five.”

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Now no longer newcomers to Formula 4, both Tyler Everingham and his crew at JRD have already sampled Phillip Island in pre-season testing and arrive armed with more experience after the learning curve of Tasmania.

“Should be good, I’m more nervous than excited! That should all go away after the first practice session,” Everingham said.

“You can’t really set an expectation before a weekend, just go with the flow and see what happens.”

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Other rookies in Australian Formula 4 have already displayed impressive performances, with Team BRM rookies Brenton Grove claiming his first win and Josh Denton on the podium in the opening race at Symmons Plains. With more confidence and experience at Phillip Island, Grove remains pragmatic about his title aspirations though.

“As I went into Tasmania, I had no expectations when I went in and it’s the same this weekend,” Grove said.

“I’ve got practice tomorrow to try and sort everything out. After that, we race. Once again, no expectations.”

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Jordan McGregor made massive inroads at Symmons Plains in chasing setup, and with the support and expertise of V8 Ute driver Gerard McLeod, McGregor is aiming to climb further up the grid.

“Got all the first round out of the way and then you can build on where you finished up for that round,” McGregor said.

“Hopefully we can make the progress we did throughout the first round for this round, and get towards the front by the end of it.

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Australian Formula 4’s appearance at Phillip Island in 2015 was the scene where Team BRM’s Jordan Lloyd clinched the title ahead of his DREAM Motorsport rival Thomas Randle after taking a clean sweep of victories. Lloyd won the round ahead of AGI Sport pilots Will Brown and Jimmy Vernon.

Both drivers have since graduated Australian Formula 4 to race overseas. Lloyd currently leads the USF2000 standings ahead of next weekend’s round at Barber Motorsports Park, and Randle to tackle Brands Hatch this weekend in the BRDC British F3 Championship.

Fellow Australian Formula 4 graduates Luis Leeds, Zane Goddard and Harry Hayek also enjoyed their MSA Formula debut at Brands Hatch last weekend, and will again feature during this weekend’s second round at Donington.

Entry List
#7 – Tyler Everingham – JRD
#23 – Brenton Grove – Team BRM
#27 – Simon Fallon – DREAM Motorsport
#44 – Jordan McGregor – Jordan McGregor Motorsports
#68 – Jack Smith – SCT Logistics AGI Sport
#79 – Jordan Love – Team BRM
#51 – Josh Conroy – DREAM Motorsport
#97 – Nick Rowe – SCT Logistics AGI Sport
#91 – Josh Denton – Team BRM
#99 – Will Brown – Cars Galore Team BRM

Schedule
First Practice: 9:35am Friday (20 minutes)
Second Practice: 11:05am Friday (20 minutes)
U Race It Pole Position: 1:25pm Friday (20 minutes)
Race One: 10:50am Saturday (10 laps)
Race Two: 2:05pm Saturday (10 laps)
Race Three: 4:35pm Sunday (10 laps)

Weather
Friday: Partly cloudy, maximum of 21°C
Saturday: Shower or two clearing, maximum of 19°C
Sunday: Possible shower, maximum of 18°C
*Weather is subject to Phillip Island being Phillip Island

Hashtag
#F4AU🏎🐧 = Racing car & penguin

2015 Results
U Race It Pole Position: Jordan Lloyd – Team BRM – 1:34.5804
Races 1, 2 and 3: Jordan Lloyd – Team BRM