Team BRM’s Will Brown has his sights set on the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, and what better way than to be armed with Jordan Lloyd’s championship winning car.
Brown made the surprise switch to Team BRM during the off-season, after completing an impressive rookie season with AGI Sport.
“We were lucky enough to take out the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year, and also third in the championship last year. We’re looking at doing even better this year and hopefully take out the championship,” Brown said.
“Obviously I’m in Jordan Lloyd’s car from last year, and I’ve got his engineer and mechanic from last year.
“So I’ve had a great time learning how they work, and them learning how I drive. We’ve had a great time doing that.”
With a full season under his belt, Brown’s attitude has shifted from learning race craft to aspiring for a championship.
“It’s definitely changed. Last year we were hoping to win some races, but we knew it was going to be difficult and we knew that it was learning year,” Brown said.
“Whereas this year, we’re just looking at winning races and getting points. We’ve come into this year just looking at the championship and not as a learning year. Hopefully we can get the championship.”’
Despite his attention squarely focused on an Australian Formula 4 title, Brown enjoys the sense of camaraderie across the field, even amongst rival squads and drivers.
“It’s a pretty good field,” Brown said.
“We all know each other, we all hang out, we’re all friends there. It’s just a great time really. We’ve got a good team with BRM…we all work together through data.
“AGI’s got a good team again with Nick Rowe and Nick’s teaching Jack [Smith] down there and giving him a bit of a hand. I think they’ll all come to it at the end of the year, and it’ll be a good battle at the end of the year.”
With the next round at Sydney Motorsport Park still several weeks away, Brown will look to improve both his physical and race fitness before the mid-point of the 2016 season.
“We definitely have got a big gap. The boys are onto me to do a bit more fitness!,” Brown said.
“So I’ll be doing that and I’ll also be racing Toyota 86 Series, so I’ll be doing that.”
Team BRM teammate Jordan Love currently leads the championship standings, with Brown only nine points behind. With Brown and Love each having won a round each, at Symmons Plains and Phillip Island respectively, the title fight looks to be an entertaining spectacle.
“Tasmania was a bit disappointing being fastest in both practices and qualifying, and not to win a race. Obviously we got good points, and that’s what we’re aiming for,” Brown said.
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.