DREAM Motorsport/CoolDrive’s Simon Fallon has enjoyed a strong start to his CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship career, after graduating from karts in April.
Despite missing the opening round in Tasmania in April, Fallon’s impressive performances all season leave him third in the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year standings and within striking distance of the lead.
“It’s been pretty good at the start of this season for me,” Fallon said.
“Missed Tassie but made back a lot of points in the last two rounds. I don’t think I’m that far off, I’m only a couple of points behind for the Burson Rookie Championship which isn’t a bad effort considering I didn’t go to Tassie. It’s been good!
Getting to grips
Now that Fallon has settled into his Formula 4 ride, the sensation of grip and g-forces has not become a novelty.
“I really like the grip levels, the way you can take the corners at so much speed is awesome,” Fallon enthused.
“The way when as soon as you brake, the initial hard brake when you just feel all those g-forces stomping down at the front end just stick down a little bit. As soon as you release that brake, the car just gets so much into it and you can hold so much speed into the corners it’s amazing.”
DREAM Motorsport’s in-house simulator is renowned as an accurate testing tool for its drivers, with the rig more than just your standard steering wheel and computer game combination.
“The simulator’s been really good because all these tracks I’ve never been to before, it helps to get my head around which corners are which,” Fallon said.
“Just the little simple things, the simulator’s been really good especially because it feels all the little bumps and jitters you can kind of feel in real life. It’s kind of weird because you’re on a computer doing it, but people always say it’s not the same thing but it’s pretty damn close!”
Home ground advantage
Despite the young Victorian only making his motor racing debut at Phillip Island in April, Fallon has previously tackled Sandown with DREAM Motorsport aboard a Formula Ford in the Victorian championship.
“It’ll be good, but it’ll still be different driving a Formula 4,” Fallon said.
“I can take traits of the car and the track that I know, but I think it’ll still be a big learning experience trying to drive the F4 compared to a Formula Ford due to more grip levels in the Formula 4.
“There will be good traits there and it’s nice to know the track I’m going to, but there’ll still be some hard moments where I’ve got to figure out the track.”
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.