Penrite Preview: Queensland Raceway

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The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship’s next visit is Queensland Raceway for the championship’s fourth round, supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship this weekend at the Ipswich SuperSprint.

With only nine races and three rounds remaining for the year, the championship standings are starting to solidify with Will Brown, Nick Rowe and Jordan Love all within close distance to the championship lead.

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Rowe enjoyed his first win of the season at the previous round at Sydney Motorsport Park, which was coincidentally where he scored his first Formula 4 win in 2015. It was a breakthrough round for both Rowe and AGI Sport, as both secured their first ever overall round victory in the Australian Formula 4 Championship.

The AGI Sport/SCT Logistics driver is also the dominant U Race It Pole Position record holder, with two consecutive poles at Phillip Island and most recently in Sydney.

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The last round at Sydney Motorsport Park saw British F4 drivers Luis Leeds and Harry Hayek make a one-off return to the Australian Formula 4 championship, however Hayek has now confirmed he will see out the remainder of the year in the Australian championship.

Hayek enjoyed a successful round at Queensland Raceway last year, finishing third overall behind current British F3 driver Thomas Randle. The round was taken out by eventual 2015 Australian Formula 4 champion Jordan Lloyd, who is currently embarking on a stint in USF2000.

The Championship Battle

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Will Brown has returned to the top of the championship standings after the previous round at Sydney Motorsport Park, the Toowoomba driver is currently sitting on 156 points compared to Nick Rowe’s 135.

Brown’s Team BRM teammate Jordan Love is eager to return to the top of the standings once again, after dropping to third place post-Sydney. The West Australian is only 10 points behind Rowe, with 125 points to his name after three rounds.

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DREAM Motorsport’s Josh Conroy is the new Burson Auto Parts Rookie championship leader heading into Round Four, with the New South Welshman sitting in fourth place overall on 69 points.

Team BRM’s Josh Denton is within striking distance of Conroy on 66 points, and an ever-improving Jack Smith will be keen to leapfrog both pilots as he sits sixth overall with 64 points.

Championship Standings

Position Driver Team Points
1 Will Brown Team BRM 156
2 Nick Rowe AGI Sport 135
3 Jordan Love Team BRM 125
4 Josh Conroy DREAM Motorsport 69
5 Josh Denton Team BRM 66
6 Jack Smith AGI Sport 64
7 Simon Fallon DREAM Motorsport 61
8 Brenton Grove Team BRM 55
9 Tyler Everingham JRD 53
10 Harry Hayek Team BRM 45
11 Luis Leeds DREAM Motorsport 40
12 Jordan McGregor Jordan McGregor Motorsport 25

The Hashtag

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In reference to Queensland Raceway affectionately known as ‘The Paper Clip’, this weekend’s #F4AU emoji of choice is unsurprisingly a racing car and paper clip.

Who’s Racing?

Number Driver Team Sponsor State
7 Tyler Everingham JRD Sidchrome NSW
23 Brenton Grove Team BRM Grove Hire/Hyped Media VIC
26 Harry Hayek Team BRM Laing+Simmons Potts Point NSW
27 Simon Fallon DREAM Motorsport CoolDrive VIC
51 Josh Conroy DREAM Motorsport Driving Solutions NSW
68 Jack Smith AGI Sport SCT Logistics QLD
79 Jordan Love Team BRM TFS WA
91 Josh Denton Team BRM Pink’s Mitre 10/Kosmic Kart SA
97 Nick Rowe AGI Sport SCT Logistics WA
99 Will Brown Team BRM Cars Galore QLD

Penrite Flashback – Queensland Raceway 2015 – Race Two

When Are We On Track?

Friday
9:15am: Practice One (20 minutes)
11:15am: Practice Two (20 minutes)
1:15pm: U Race It Pole Position (20 minutes)

Saturday
11:20am: Race One (13 laps)
2:40pm: Race Two (13 laps)

Sunday
12:20pm: Race Three (13 laps)

How To Watch
Practice, qualifying and all three races can be watched live via Fox Sports 5’s Supercars coverage on Channel 506, or streamed online via Foxtel Play.