Third-generation Australian karter Josh Denton has made an impressive start to his 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship campaign.
With two podium placings already recorded in races across Symmons Plains and Phillip Island, Denton sits an impressive fourth in the drivers’ championship. As the best placed rookie in the championship, Denton also sits only 14 points off AGI Sport’s Nick Rowe after two rounds.
“It’s been very surprising for me,” Denton said.
“I wasn’t expecting to be this far up the field, but I’m glad I’m here. I’ve learnt so much.
“It’s been really good comparing data, I know where I’m losing compared to Will [Brown] and Jordan [Love]. Hopefully I can pick that up as the year goes on.”
Denton, the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round winner from the most recent round at Phillip Island, has been enjoying the wheel-to-wheel action with his counterparts.
“It’s close towards the front and it’s even better down the back. You can have nice tussles between people. The racing’s really good,” Denton said.
Whilst Denton harbours aspirations of a career overseas, the prospect of racing locally in the highly competitive V8 Supercars series is currently the South Australian’s priority.
“I would love to go overseas, it would be another dream, but V8 Supercars would be such a big dream for me as well,” Denton said.
“Even just to drive one would be just amazing. Hopefully that can be a full-time thing for me. It’s just getting there that’s the hard thing, so we’ll see what opportunity this [Formula 4] gives me.”
A podium in Denton’s debut race in Tasmania was a highlight, though the young South Australian took greater satisfaction from claiming the U Race It Fastest Lap for the entire weekend at Symmons Plains.
“I didn’t expect it,” Denton said.
“When I came away with that in the final race, I was just like ‘Woah!’. It was just a big surprise to me.
“Off the track? I’ve just had so many good moments. I didn’t really talk to many of the guys like Nick Rowe, Will Brown, Jordan Love, or the guys from karting. I didn’t really talk to them much, but now I’m feeling more involved in it.”
Much like Phillip Island, most of the drivers have already encountered the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit in other formulae or in pre-season testing. Another test day beckons for Denton and most of his Formula 4 colleagues before racing resumes in July.
“During the two and a half months that we’ve got off, I’ll be doing a test day at Mallala and then a test day in Sydney,” Denton said.
“Hopefully I can get some positive feedback out of the testing, I really like the track so hopefully I can do really well there again.”
The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will next race at Sydney Motorsport Park on July 1–3.