2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship graduate and 2016 British F4 driver Harry Hayek has elected to keep racing in Australia for the remainder of this year.
Initially only committing to compete in the previous round at Sydney Motorsport Park, confirmation of Hayek’s racing plans also sees Team BRM expand to a five car operation.
“After the recent round at SMP and with the help of CAMS, BRM and Laing + Simmons Potts Point, we decided to remain in Australia and commit to the last three rounds,” Hayek said.
Whilst Hayek put in some impressive performances in the British F4 Championship, financial difficulties for Jamun Racing forced the team’s withdrawal and a premature end to Hayek’s European adventure.
“At the moment I have mixed emotions regarding not returning back to Britain, however it is crucial to select a team that is financially viable and well organised enough to stay ahead of the game,” Hayek said.
“Unfortunately for me, there are very few seats available with this opportunity.”
Despite the setback, Hayek relished the experience to race against some of Europe’s fiercest junior racers.
“Racing in Britain has certainly opened my eyes and toughened me up,” Hayek said.
“I hope to utilise this experience back in Australia against some very talented drivers.”
Hayek’s progress was evident at Sydney Motorsport Park, with the New South Welshman completing the weekend in third place overall. The strong result was a much welcome result for Hayek, who initially used his return to Australia to rediscover his enjoyment for racing with a top line team.
“It was so good to be back with a top team like BRM where I could show my pace and have a laugh at the same time,” Hayek said.
“I am counting the days to QR, as it is a track I like and scored my first podium there last year.”
Round Four of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship commences on Friday, supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.