Jack Smith Edges Closer To Rookie Lead

AGI Sport/SCT Logistics driver Jack Smith enjoyed a breakthrough weekend at Queensland, with two top five finishes awarding the local Queenslander the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Round award.

“Got a couple of P5s (on Saturday),” Smith said.

“Today we made a few mistakes, lost a few positions but we got the two fifths yesterday and got first rookie, so it’s been a good weekend.”

Smith and his AGI Sport teammate Nick Rowe started their homework a week early, opting to claim an in-season test at Queensland Raceway prior to the Ipswich SuperSprint.

“We did a test day last week, so I learnt the track pretty well last week. We got into it pretty early, been pretty consistent all weekend,” Smith said.

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The Championship Battle

It’s a tight race in the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year standings after four rounds of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.

Team BRM’s Josh Denton has returned to the lead of the rookie standings with 88 points, and sits fifth in the overall standings.

With both Smith and Denton enjoying a competitive outing in Queensland, Smith is Denton’s nearest rival and three points adrift with 85 championship points.

DREAM Motorsport/CoolDrive’s Simon Fallon will be eager to jump the two drivers heading into his home round at Sandown, having already had experience racing at Sandown aboard a Formula Ford.

Josh Conroy dropped from fifth to eighth in the standings, however the DREAM Motorsport driver and Japanese Super Formula engineer is only 17 points behind Denton.

Burson Auto Parts Rookie of  the Year Standings

Pos. Driver Team Points
1 Josh Denton Team BRM 88
2 Jack Smith AGI Sport 85
3 Simon Fallon DREAM Motorsport 73
4 Josh Conroy DREAM Motorsport 71
5 Tyler Everingham JRD 69
6 Brenton Grove Team BRM 67

Round Five of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship next visits Sandown Raceway in Victoria, supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship’s Sandown 500 on September 16–18.