CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship leader Will Brown is aiming for consistency for the remaining two rounds of this year.
Brown currently leads the standings with 211 points after four rounds, with his nearest rival Nick Rowe sitting in second place with 180 points.
With a maximum of 150 points available over the next two rounds, Brown still faces pressure from Rowe, teammate Jordan love and even returning Australian Formula 4 driver Harry Hayek as potential championship contenders.
“Definitely, there’s a lot of competition,” Brown said.
“Harry Hayek’s come back from overseas and learnt a lot over there, he’s come back to show us he has learnt. Obviously he’s up the front as well, so there’s about four of us and we’re all working towards out points.
“Luckily I’ve got a bit of a lead, and I’m just trying to get enough points that I can maintain that.”
With the 2016 season starting at Symmons Plains in April, Brown is staggered by how quickly this year’s championship has come by.
“To be up to our fourth round already, and only six rounds this year, it’s flown by,” Brown said.
“It’s been a great year and great to be leading the championship coming into the last two rounds.
“I’ve managed to actually extend the lead by one or two points, but if I can keep twenty something points ahead of both the boys [Rowe and Love] that’d be good.”
Brown’s race fitness has been particularly impressive this season, juggling his Australian Formula 4 campaign alongside efforts in the new Toyota 86 Series as he prepares for a future in touring cars.
“Toyota 86 has been a great class, I want to move on to Carrera Cup next year so it’s been a great class to sort of get my head around having a roof over me, or what a tin-top’s like,” Brown said.
“It’s obviously not as fast as a Porsche, but like I say we’re just getting our head around and we’re looking forward to next year.”
Last year’s Australian Formula 4 round at Sandown did not prove to be a happy hunting ground for Brown last year, as he was then chasing the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year title. Brown will be looking to maintain a podium placing to make his championship lead comfortable before the season finale at the Gold Coast in October.
“Had a bit of a disappointing run there (at Sandown) last year,” Brown said.
“A couple of mechanical problems and a crash, so last year wasn’t the greatest round but we’re looking forward to it this year. I really want to make sure there’s no crashes so I don’t lose any points and maintain in the top three.”
With the Sandown 500 Supercars round celebrating with a retro theme, Brown is inspired by the older era of touring car racing.
“Dad’s always been into, he’s couple of old GT Falcons and a SLR Torana,” Brown said.
“So I probably wouldn’t mind have a run of one of their race cars from back in the day like a Torana or something.”
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.