The Ever Improving Jack Smith

AGI Sport/SCT Logistics’ Jack Smith is looking forward to the remaining two rounds of the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, with the karting graduate enjoying a busy first year of circuit racing.

“I know, it’s crazy. The year has flown by in an instant,” Smith said.

“It only feels like the other weekend we were starting at Symmons Plains for the first round. We’re looking forward to the next couple of rounds and see what it brings.”

The Gold Coast teenager is only three points behind Josh Denton in the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year standings, and is gaining more confidence and speed with each passing race weekend.

“There’s a lot of positives coming out of this year,” Smith said.

“We’re learning and consistently getting better, but hopefully we can continue going forward by the end of the year.”

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Smith is also juggling his Australian Formula 4 commitments alongside racing a MARC V8 in the Australian GT Trophy Series, coincidentally with AGI Sport teammate Nick Rowe also a teammate in the series.

“Doing both series has been a really get experience this year. It’s a lot of fun doing two classes, getting to race more often,” Smith said.

“It’s definitely a big change. It’s a lot different to the F4. I think it’s good to learn to adapt my driving style, and it’s definitely been a positive for the year.”

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Smith’s teammate Rowe is one of the many colourful personalities racing in Australian Formula 4 this year, but Smith has also found Rowe as a co-operative and guiding teammate.

“Nick’s been great as a teammate. He’s helped me learn a lot,” Smith said.

“He teaches me a lot throughout a weekend, and throughout the year. He’s also a great guy to be around and we get along really well.”

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Round Five at Sandown Raceway in Victoria is another new circuit for the karting graduate to acclimatise to, and is trying to best prepare his race fitness with practice laps aboard a simulator.

“We haven’t been to the track, hopefully we learn it quickly and continue moving forward,” Smith said.

“Fitness work is pretty much all year round. We do that all through the year. Definitely, coming a few weeks before the round we’ll definitely be doing some more work on the simulator getting to know the track. That’ll help us for sure during the round.”

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.