Toowoomba teenager Cameron Shields has confirmed his place on the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship grid with dual-championship winning squad Team BRM.
Shields sampled a Team BRM Formula 4 in late 2016 at Winton Raceway and was impressed with the new surroundings of both the car and team.
“Team BRM… they’re very professional and they do a good job of what they do,” Shields said.
“The F4 has been a lot of fun. I’m coming to grips with the car and hopefully I can keep improving.”
Shields became the youngest National Class champion in the 2016 Australian Formula 3 Series at age 15, alongside being the series’ youngest starter.
Coincidentally it is the third consecutive year that Team BRM has had a driver from Toowoomba in their roster, with 2015 Champion Jordan Lloyd and 2016 Champion Will Brown also hailing from the Queensland town.
“I’m certainly looking at making a stand in the category and hopefully I can be right up the front throughout the season,” Shields said.
“I am looking forward to the level playing field that Formula 4 provides technically and can’t wait for the series to start in early April.”
Team BRM Team Principal Mark Rundle has had a good run of form with drivers from Toowoomba, and is excited by Sheilds’ potential.
“The team were really impressed with how Cameron went about the test with us last year, and his credentials are certainly backed up by his performance,” Rundle said.
“Having had Jordan Lloyd and Will Brown race for us over the last couple of seasons, Toowoomba’s certainly producing some great racing drivers at the moment. We’re eager to see how Cameron will develop with us this year.”
The McDonald’s backed driver has tasted success previously in Formula 3 and Formula Ford, and is eagerly anticipating his next challenge in Formula 4.
Having already raced a variety of machinery at such a young age, Shields noted the unique difference of the Australian Formula 4 car.
“With the turbo, it makes the engine more torquier. Out of the corners it’s got good grunt and also down the straight,” Shields said.
“With the Hankook tyre it is a very soft tyre, so you’re onto the pace pretty much straight away. They’re definitely a very good tyre, it’s very grippy.”
The 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will get underway from April 7–9 at Sandown Raceway as part of the season opener for the Shannons Nationals.