UPDATE Saturday 17 September, 3:10pm AEST: Team BRM’s Will Brown has been excluded from the results of Race Two due to a technical infringement. All other cars were cleared at the conclusion of scrutineering, confirming Josh Denton as the winner of Race Two ahead of Nick Rowe and Jordan Love.
AGI Sport’s Nick Rowe lead much of the first portion of Race Two, pulling out a mighty gap after an impressive opening lap. However Rowe had to be content with third place come the finish line, with Josh Denton pulling off a brilliant move down at Dandenong Road in the final laps of the race.
“Yeah mate started P1 and got a good start, got to the lead, got to a bit of a gap,” Rowe said.
“I can’t thank the boys at AGI Sport enough, they’re awesome at setting up cars, good blokes. I can’t thank SCT Logistics for all their support on the race track and off the race track.”
Denton was buzzing after claiming his best result of the season, extending his Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year championship lead after being declared the race winner after Will Brown’s exclusion from Race Two.
“It was a very exciting race. The start wasn’t too good but I fought my way back and made some pretty good moves down onto Dandenong Road against Jordan [Love] and Nick Rowe on the last lap,” Denton said.
“That was pretty scary, but I managed to pull it off! It was a good race in the end.
“Since the start of the year I’ve definitely made a lot of improvements. I’m feeling pretty excited going into the next race and going into the last round at Gold Coast.”
JRD’s Tyler Everingham had started the race from the front row, and initially got the jump over U Race It Pole Position sitter Nick Rowe. Unfortunately the Dubbo driver out-braked himself into Turn One, but still produced some impressive overtaking manoeuvres throughout the race to eventually cross the line in 7th.
“It was just a bit of fun going around the outside! Thought I would give it a go,” Everingham said.
“It was a little bit slippery on the rubber but it held.”
DREAM Motorsport’s Simon Fallon certainly created some impressive images for television, getting some air into Turn One towards the end of the race. The young Victorian took solace though in feeling extra speed aboard his CoolDrive supported Formula 4.
“At least we found some pace!” Fallon said.
“Had a bit of fun out there still. This year’s all about experience, it doesn’t matter too much we’ll take it as a positive and move on.”
Race Two was raced in honour of Australian Formula 3 and V8 Ute racer Luke Spalding, who passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer. The entire Formula 4 grid wore #WeFlyWith23 decals in tribute to the 18-year-old.
“I just want to send a shoutout to Luke Spalding who unfortunately lost his life last night with cancer,” Rowe said.
“I hope his family and everyone else involved with him is going alright.”
The final 13-lap dash, Race Three, for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship commences at 9:05am tomorrow.
Race Two Results
|1||91||Josh Denton||Team BRM||1:14.4869|
|2||97||Nick Rowe||AGI Sport||1:14.8397||3.1721|
|3||79||Jordan Love||Team BRM||1:14.6616||3.4063|
|4||26||Harry Hayek||Team BRM||1:14.6153||8.6756|
|5||68||Jack Smith||AGI Sport||1:15.2803||15.9129|
|8||23||Brenton Grove||Team BRM||1:15.9441||31.5302|
|10||60||Cody Donald||JRD||10 Laps|
|EXC.||99||Will Brown||Team BRM||Reason: Technical Infringement|