Team BRM/Cars Galore’s Will Brown dominated the opening CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 race on the Gold Coast after a mammoth 18 lap stint.
Brown, who had earlier claimed the final U Race It Pole Position of 2016, was uncatchable for much of the race with a Safety Car being the only hope for the likes of Harry Hayek and Nick Rowe to catch up.
The race start was frantic but clean, with Brown and Hayek playing it brave into Turn One.
“It was pretty hard at the start to break Harry,” Brown said
“After about five laps we were able to break him a little bit and get a pretty good lead.”
Brenton Grove glanced the tyre barriers at the Turn 1-2 complex on Lap 9 and it was enough to immobilise his Team BRM/Grove Hire machine.
A lap later, AGI Sport/SCT Logistics’ Jack Smith made contact with the Turn 11 walls and ensured the first appearance of the Safety Car.
The Safety Car was an unwelcome relief for Brown in the warm conditions, having lost the gap he had created over the rest of the field.
Despite pressure from Hayek behind in the remaining laps, Brown hung on to cross the chequered flag 0.59 seconds ahead of his teammate after 26 minutes of racing.
“In the last couple of laps, Harry put in some good times so I had to push pretty hard to get the win,” Brown said.
“But looking at the Championship again, it puts us one step closer.”
Hayek could take solace in setting the fastest lap of the weekend and breaking last year’s race lap record, set by 2015 round winner Thomas Randle, with a 1:17.2467.
“I got right up on the back of Will and we bunched up. It was pretty close, I just didn’t have enough to get the run and go for the move,” Hayek said.
“But it was a good race. Happy with P2!”
DREAM Motorsport/CoolDrive’s Simon Fallon revelled in his first appearance on the Gold Coast to be the best placed Burson Auto Parts Rookie.
The young Victorian set the third fastest time of the race, but had to be content with fourth place ahead of Gold Coast debutant Jordan Love.
“DREAM Motorsport’s been good getting the car right,” Fallon said.
“Rowe was pretty quick in the end, trying to get around him was hard… It was a really good race, I enjoyed it!”
Gold Coast 2016 – Race One Results
|1||99||Will Brown||Team BRM||1:17.3071|
|2||26||Harry Hayek||Team BRM||1:17.2467||0.5933|
|3||97||Nick Rowe||AGI Sport||1:17.5243||1.7984|
|5||79||Jordan Love||Team BRM||1:17.9773||5.0675|
|8||91||Josh Denton||Team BRM||1:17.9013||47.9958|
|DNF||68||Jack Smith||AGI Sport||1:18.3875|
|DNF||23||Brenton Grove||Team BRM||1:18.3915|
Race Two, 11 laps, for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will start at 10:10am AEST live on Fox Sports (506) and also broadcast on Network Ten and WIN TV this weekend.