Despite being the opening round winner at Symmons Plains, Will Brown has secured his first race win of 2016 during Race 2 of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Phillip Island.
Crossing the chequered flag with just 0.15 seconds spare of teammate and Race One winner Jordan Love, Brown was pleased to be level on race wins with his championship rival.
“We’ve been waiting for this,” Brown said.
“Luckily we got a race win this one, but we’ll just work forward toward the next couple.
“Since I had the third in Race One, I’ve definitely got to win next one to beat Jordan. We’ll just work at it. Obviously it’s a long season, but we’ll work it tomorrow.”
Nick Rowe, who was second for the first half of the race, made an error at the top of Lukey Heights and was lucky to only encounter a damaged front wing after Brenton Grove’s accident at the same corner yesterday.
“I don’t know we were catching Will there, we were going pretty good,” Rowe said.
“Then just tipped around at Lukey, and that was that. It just lost the rear, it was such a snap there was no way I was going to save it…can’t really explain it.
“As soon as it started to spin I had the clutch in, I was trying to stop it, I didn’t want to end up like old Brenton.
“It’ll be hard to get a round podium now, just put on the line and do that again and hopefully win a race.”
Rowe’s stricken SCT Logistics/AGI Sport car brought out the safety car, but also resulted in a thrilling one-lap dash to the finish line when the field returned to racing.
Whilst Brown initially sprinted away from the lead when the green flag dropped, Love had a serious go at trying to claim another race win.
“Race Two was really interesting that one,” Love said.
“I thought maybe I could get Will under the safety car but he just got the jump on me at the start and with one lap to go I couldn’t do much.
“Good on him, it’s going to be a big fight in Race Three.”
Team BRM locked out the podium positions for Race Two with rookie Josh Denton enjoying his second third place finish for the year.
“It’s been very good this weekend,” Denton said.
“I’ve learned a lot more about the track and about the car. Looking to push towards the next race tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes. I had a really good race that one, see how it goes.”
DREAM Motorsport’s Josh Conroy enjoyed a competitive showing during Saturday’s concluding race, improving a fifth place set in Tasmania.
“Progress, I love seeing progress!” Conroy said.
“Today’s first race, basically used it as a practice session, and then I cut two seconds off my lap time in qualifying so I was stoked with that.
“In this race I could focus on moving up through the field, I got a fourth place which is my best ever result so I’m happy.”
Fellow CoolDrive/DREAM Motorsport driver Simon Fallon was in the hot seat for third after the safety car restart, but a rookie mistake caught out the Formula 4 first timer at Turn Four.
“Went into the corner, gave it too much of a push…it turned into a lockup,” Fallon said.
“Oh well, it’s all a learning curve!”
SCT Logistics/AGI Sport rookie Jack Smith benefitted from Fallon’s error, but Smith is eager to still find more pace ahead of tomorrow’s final race.
“My Saturday’s been a little bit frustrating,” Smith said.
“Race Two was a little bit up and down. Started seventh and got up to fifth in the end, improved the times a little bit but still looking for a bit more pace and track position tomorrow.”
The final race for the weekend commences at 4:35pm tomorrow.
Race Two Results
|1||99||Will Brown||Team BRM||9||1:35.4161|
|2||79||Jordan Love||Team BRM||9||1:34.6163||0.1537|
|3||91||Josh Denton||Team BRM||9||1:36.4782||2.5271|
|5||68||Jack Smith||AGI Sport||9||1:36.7835||3.8801|
|8||23||Brenton Grove||Team BRM||9||1:37.0888||9.8291|
|DNF||97||Nick Rowe||AGI Sport||4||1:35.2365|