Junior Racing Development’s Team Principal Brett MacLennan has expressed his enthusiasm for the team’s debut season in the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
The Victorian squad, founded by McLennan, Daniel Reinhardt and Michael Reinhardt, have been one of Australia’s leading Formula Vee outfits with multiple state and national titles to their name.
2016 was the team’s first national championship entry for fellow Formula 4 debutant Tyler Everingham, and their first preparing a wings and slicks car.
“It was absolutely fantastic. The organisation from CAMS and their supporting partners has been sensational,” MacLennan said.
“Having Tyler onboard has been an absolute joy – seeing a young man really early into his teens driving a Formula 4 car, as he has done and to get where he has been at the end of the season, is absolutely sensational.”
Competing against highly experienced Formula 4 outfits such as AGI Sport, Team BRM and DREAM Motorsport, MacLennan paid tribute to the performance of JRD’s personnel.
“To be honest as a team, I couldn’t be any prouder,” MacLennan said.
“We’ve punched well above our weight against teams that are so well established in wings-and-slicks categories.
“The best is yet to come from us, we’re in its infancy as far as Formula 4 goes. To get some more good drivers in [next year], a couple of extras hopefully, and we’ll be knocking on the door of wins and championships in no time at all.”
MacLennan described the team’s culture as like a family – with personnel, drivers and their parents all warmly embraced within the tight knit squad.
“We do have a good time with the team. It’s all business while we’re at the track! After all the hard work’s done, we have a good time,” MacLennan said.
“That’s part of it as well, JRD’s a family. We absolutely love it. Having the parents and the drivers as part of our JRD family is really important to us.”