Nick Rowe has paid credit to his AGI Sport team as both team and driver set their sights towards the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship lead.
Despite some early season struggles, Rowe finds himself 31 points behind championship leader Will Brown.
Remarkably, Nick Rowe’s win at Sydney Motorsport Park was also the first overall round win for AGI Sport in their Australian Formula 4 history.
“We sort of struggled a bit for the first round, maybe the first two rounds,” Rowe said.
“We worked hard over the long break between [Phillip Island] and [Sydney Motorsport Park], and we really improved our pace and we’re able to keep up with the BRM boys now.”
Teammates at AGI Sport last year, Team BRM’s Jordan Love and Will Brown are Rowe’s fellow championship rivals in 2016 but are also close friends outside of racing.
“Jordan and Will they’re both great drivers, and to be running with them I’m pretty happy with that,” Rowe said.
“And Harry [Hayek] coming back from the UK, would’ve learnt a lot racing with all the boys over there with Luis [Leeds] and whatnot.
“I’m just really happy that I’m able to keep up with them and bring the championship fight down to the last round of the Gold Coast I hope.”
At times in the heat of battle, the friendship between Rowe-Brown-Love has been tested. In particular, when Rowe collided with Brown and Love in the opening race and opening lap of the season in Tasmania. Although thankfully, their friendships remains stronger above all else.
“It was actually quite a funny story, I’ll tell you something we were at Symmons Plains and when I had that bit of a moment there in Race One I got ejected from the group chat with all the boys which was quite funny!” Rowe said.
“We’re just having great racing out there, hopefully there’s no more crashing into each other and we have a great rest of the year.
Rowe was absent from last year’s Australian Formula 4 round at Sandown, however he has fond memories of the circuit as it was the location of his first circuit race.
“I did my first ever Formula Ford race, first ever car race there,” Rowe said.
“I actually got the race win! Tom Randle was in the race; I think I passed him on the last corner which was pretty cool.
“But it’s been two or three years since I’ve been there, hopefully we can get straight back onto it and the team will do a great job no doubt and hopefully we can have a good round.”
With Rowe and the AGI Sport crew carrying an enormous amount of confidence into the final rounds of the year, Rowe’s championship aspirations are clear.
“The team’s working really well, I can’t thank AGI Sport, SCT Logistics enough for all their support,” Rowe said.
“We really want to win this championship real bad, and hopefully we can come home with a strong result and get this championship.”