Penrite Preview: Gold Coast

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After starting the year in April at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains, the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship arrives to its final round of the 2016 season around the narrow streets of the Gold Coast.

Supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, three races await our field of drivers. Championship leader Will Brown (Team BRM/Cars Galore) has a 35-point gap ahead of his nearest rival Nick Rowe (AGI Sport/SCT Logistics), with Jordan Love (Team BRM/TFS) 43 points behind Brown and only 8 points behind Rowe.

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Out of the three championship protagonists, Brown is the only driver to have experienced the streets of the Gold Coast aboard an Australian Formula 4 car.

Friday will be a busy day for our teams, with the U Race It Pole Position followed by a marathon 18 lap race. Two more 11 lap races will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday evening will see a new champion crowned as the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship celebrates the year at its end of year dinner on the Gold Coast.

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Another Championship Battle

In the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year standings, Josh Denton (Team BRM) has a 16-point lead over Jack Smith (AGI Sport/SCT Logistics) and is a further 26 points ahead of Simon Fallon (DREAM Motorsport/CoolDrive) and Tyler Everingham (JRD/Sidchrome) – with Fallon and Everingham presently tied on 93 points each.

Denton clinched his first race win of the year in Race Two at the previous round at Sandown Raceway.

Marked by the yellow number plate aboard a car in 2016, a rookie must be 18 years of age – or younger – at the start of the year; and must not have competed in more than three motor races, including national and international circuit events prior to the start of the season.

Last year’s Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year was coincidentally Will Brown, who also finished third in the overall standings last season.

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Homecoming for Zane Goddard

2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 graduate Zane Goddard will make a one-off appearance on the streets of the Gold Coast, piloting a DREAM Motorsport prepared Formula 4 alongside teammate Simon Fallon.

The Gold Coast teen enjoyed a highly successful season in British F4 this year, with four race wins and four podium appearances capping off a strong end to his season.

Goddard also impressed in a BRDC British Formula 3 test late last week at Snetterton and Oulton Park.

Championship Standings

Position Driver Team Points
1 Will Brown Team BRM 261
2 Nick Rowe AGI Sport 226
3 Jordan Love Team BRM 218
4 Harry Hayek Team BRM 134
5 Josh Denton Team BRM 123
6 Jack Smith AGI Sport 107
7 Simon Fallon DREAM Motorsport 93
8 Tyler Everingham JRD 93
9 Brenton Grove Team BRM 87
10 Josh Conroy DREAM Motorsport 85
11 Jordan McGregor Jordan McGregor Motorsport 26
12 Cody Donald JRD 1

Penrite Flashback – Gold Coast in Slow Motion

Who’s racing?

# Driver Team Sponsor State
7 Tyler Everingham JRD Sidchrome NSW
23 Brenton Grove Team BRM Grove Hire/Hyped Media VIC
26 Harry Hayek Team BRM Laing+Simmons Potts Point NSW
27 Simon Fallon DREAM Motorsport CoolDrive VIC
68 Jack Smith AGI Sport SCT Logistics QLD
79 Jordan Love Team BRM TFS WA
91 Josh Denton Team BRM Pink’s Mitre 10/Kosmic Kart SA
93 Zane Goddard DREAM Motorsport ARA Group/BGD Architects QLD
97 Nick Rowe AGI Sport SCT Logistics WA
99 Will Brown Team BRM Cars Galore QLD

When are we on track?

Day Time Session Time/Laps
Friday 21 October 8:50am Practice One 30 Minutes
Friday 21 October 1:10pm U Race It Pole Position 20 Minutes
Friday 21 October 3:35pm Race One 18 Laps
Saturday 22 October 10:10am Race Two 11 Laps
Sunday 23 October 9:00am Race Three 11 Laps

Weather
Friday: 24°c, possible shower and partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers in the late morning and afternoon. Hedge your bets with a jacket and shorts.
Saturday: 26°c, shower or two and partly cloudy. Very contradictory weather.
Sunday: 19°c, shower or two and cloudy. Oh come on, this isn’t Phillip Island!