Team BRM’s Josh Denton is thrilled to have returned to the top of the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year standings after four rounds of the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Following a solid points haul at the most recent round at Queensland Raceway, the South Australian was thrilled to have had a strong circuit at a circuit he had no prior knowledge of prior to Friday practice.
“It is a close race for the Burson Rookie of the Year, but after the issues we suffered at the previous round [in Sydney Motorsport Park] it was great to bounce back and regain the lead,” Denton said.
“Having not tested at the circuit before like many of my closest competitors, I was pleased to finish Practice One and Two in fourth position.”
With practice using sets of tyres last used at Sydney Motorsport Park, Denton acknowledges he needs to improve his qualifying pace with fresh Hankook tyres.
“Qualifying did not go to plan as I could not extract the most out of my fresh tyres which made the weekend harder for me. It is an area that I need to focus on,” Denton said.
“Unfortunately I made a mistake at the start of race 1 and let the car creep so subsequently received a five second penalty, which meant I would ultimately finish the first race in eighth position. My race pace was reasonably consistent and I was the quickest rookie on track.”
Sunday’s final race saw Denton storm through the field to cross the chequered flag in fifth, after starting from eighth.
“I had a good run in the final race passing more cars than I think anyone has all weekend,” Denton said.
“I got a clean start and then worked on my slip streaming technique to get into sixth position. I had a short battle for fifth position but once clear I pulled away from this group and started to catch the lead cars by about three to four tenths of a second per lap.
“I felt really comfortable in the car and was lowering the fastest lap of the race for several laps. Eventually we ran out of laps.”
Denton was pleased to return to the top of the rookie standings despite some difficulties, and will be eager to maintain his lead at the championship’s penultimate round at Sandown in September.
“I am pleased to have returned to the lead of the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year standings after a solid weekend. I am frustrated that I did not qualify better as I know that had I been with the front pack I could have raced with them,” Denton said.
Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year Standings
|1||Josh Denton||Team BRM||88|
|2||Jack Smith||AGI Sport||85|
|3||Simon Fallon||DREAM Motorsport||73|
|4||Josh Conroy||DREAM Motorsport||71|
|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.