Jordan Love has claimed a sensational win during this morning’s opening race of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Phillip Island.
Starting from third on the grid, Love bided his time in making past U Race It Pole Position sitter Nick Rowe and teammate Will Brown. Two breathtaking moves around the outside of Turn One on Brown and Rowe saw the West Australian win by 1.7 seconds.
“It’s a little bit scary! It’s not something I would have tried if I hadn’t done it before,” Love said.
“I tried it on a test day actually. Me and Will were trying it together.
“It’s a bit sketchy going through there side-by-side round the outside, 210[km/h] I think it is. It’s good fun!”
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Rowe managed to hang on to the race lead, despite some pressure from Brown. A mystery mechanical gremlin for Brown cemented Rowe’s second placing.
“Yeah it was pretty hard work out there,” Rowe said.
“Got a pretty good jump and was able to get to the lead to [turns] one and two. Then lead for the first four or five laps I think, but eventually them BRMs got us down the straight.
“It was good, close racing between me, Will and Jordan then. It was good fun, hopefully it continues for the rest of the weekend.”
Brown was left to rue a problem aboard his car, but remains confident of a stronger fight back for Race Two later this afternoon.
“We were going pretty good. Jordan obviously passed us and we’re sitting in third,” Brown said.
“Seemed to have good pace. Coming into MG, over Lukey, wouldn’t change down from sixth gear. So lost a lot of positions there, we’re just trying to work out what’s wrong with the car. I was able to pick up two seconds on the boys, so we had good pace.”
CoolDrive/DREAM Motorsport pilot Simon Fallon was inspired by Love’s Turn One antics and managed to pass SCT Logistics/AGI Sport’s Jack Smith.
“It was a bit exciting!” Fallon said.
“The first couple of times I half went around I was a bit nervous to do it because I got a bit worried about the grip levels there. When I did it, I noticed it’s actually quite a decent amount there.
“Towards the end, I’ll just stick it I’ve got to try and make this move. It was there, I went for it!”
Smith managed to hang on for several laps before Fallon made the pass stick. Another attempt to reclaim position at Turn Four by Smith was to no avail. Smith just hung on for fifth place, and by three-hundredths from JRD’s Tyler Everingham.
Josh Conroy felt he had made progress with learning the track and was pleased with the feel of his new DREAM Motorsport entry in seventh place and is looking to climb more positions in Race Two.
Team BRM’s Josh Denton and Brenton Grove completed the final two positions, with technical issues hampering their move up the grid.
Race Two for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship gets underway at 2:05pm, with CoolDrive/DREAM Motorsport’s Simon Fallon to start on pole.
Race One Results
|1||79||Jordan Love||Team BRM||10||1:34.6441|
|2||97||Nick Rowe||AGI Sport||10||1:34.9156||1.7706|
|3||99||Will Brown||Team BRM||10||1:34.7804||2.8397|
|5||68||Jack Smith||AGI Sport||10||1:37.0101||23.6082|
|8||91||Josh Denton||Team BRM||10||1:35.4275||44.8980|
|9||23||Brenton Grove||Team BRM||8||1:37.8039||2.1 Laps|