2015 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship graduate Zane Goddard is looking forward to repeating his European efforts for a second consecutive year in 2017.
The Gold Coast teenager, who made a one-off appearance in the final Australian Formula 4 round on the Gold Coast, enjoyed a successful year in British F4 with four race wins, four podium finishes and two pole positions.
“It was a very good year,” Goddard said.
“The start was tough, but the end of the season was awesome. I got four wins, so very happy with that. The team (Double R Racing) and I did a very good job.”
Whilst a second season of British F4 could be on the cards, Goddard sampled BRDC British F3 machinery in the week prior to his Gold Coast appearance in Australian Formula 4 with DREAM Motorsport.
“I had two days [of testing], the first day was getting used to it. We were quite close time wise, and the second day we were pretty much on it,” Goddard said.
“Really enjoyed the car… it was sort of a nice thing to do at the end of the year to drive something a bit more faster, a bit more challenging.”
Goddard’s 2015 season in Australia was the first step out of karts, having competed in the Rotax Pro Tour Karting Series and representing Australia at the 2014 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia.
“Last year was a learning year, I did learn a lot,” Goddard said.
“When I went overseas, we obviously had a lot more testing and a lot more racing. You get those miles up, and you learn stuff very quickly.
“I think my experience has definitely improved technique wise and just having a general feel for the car has improved.
“Last year was great, it was the perfect place to learn first year out of karts… I really enjoyed the Formula 4, I advise it for all people coming out of karts.”
With Goddard aiming to stay in Europe in 2017, naturally Formula One is his preferred destination but is open to experiencing other elite categories of motor sport.
“The end goal is definitely Formula One, or World Endurance Championship. I love both of those championships,” Goddard said.
“As well as that, Supercars – it’s a great championship as well, it’s talked about overseas, they love it as well.
“Moving on from [Formula 4], maybe British F3 next year…we’ll see. The goal is to stay in Europe and get some good results there.”
“I’d just love to be a professional race car driver. That would be a dream come true.”