After only confirming his 2016 plans just weeks prior to the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship opener at Symmons Plains, Team BRM’s Jordan Love now finds himself as the championship leader as the season approaches the mid-way point of the year.
The 2015 AsiaCup Series Champion juggled an Australian Formula 4 program last year, but now the West Australian has his sights focused on a full Formula 4 season in Australia.
“I thought this year we could be a serious contender for the championship,” Love said.
“Coming into the first round I didn’t know what to expect, but we managed to come away second which I was quite happy about.
“It’s going to be really close all year. Some great racing, I’m looking forward to all of that.”
Love has so far claimed four wins out of six races, but is impressed with how competitive both rookies and experienced drivers have been so far.
“I really have been quite impressed how quick the other drivers have caught on,” Love said.
“I think for Brenton [Grove] to come away with that first race win, first race of the championship, it’s a great effort on his behalf. Definitely all the other drivers, it’s a great effort.”
Whilst Love already has an overseas title under his belt in Asia, the West Australian one day hopes to emulate the likes of Australian Formula 4 graduates Thomas Randle, Luis Leeds and Zane Goddard to race in Europe.
“I think all the boys that are racing F4 in Europe, they’re certainly giving some of the Europeans a bit of what Aussies are made of and what we do over here,” Love said.
“The dream since I’ve been a little kid was to race Formula One, but you’ve got to set yourself goals you can achieve month-by-month and then you’ve got to set yourself a big goal in the future.
“I’d love to go over to Europe and give something a big crack over there. I think that’s the plan for next year, and give it a big crack over there.”
Love’s race wins to date have been impressive considering he had no previous experience racing at either Symmons Plains or even Phillip Island. For the next round at Sydney Motorsport Park, Love has finally found familiar territory.
“I’ve been there before and I raced there last year,” Love said.
“That sort of takes a bit of the nerves away of having to learn the track and all that, so you can focus on just little things and car setup and all that sort of stuff.
“It’s an awesome track, and I’m really looking forward to that.
Round Three of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship returns to Sydney Motorsport Park on July 1–3 as part of the Shannons Nationals.