Zagame Motorsport has become the latest outfit to join the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, with a two-car lineup announced last week.
Held at the team’s official launch in Melbourne, Zagame Motorsport General Manager Cameron McConville welcomed Tyler Everingham and CAMS Foundation Rising Star rookie driver Ryan Suhle to front the squad.
The team’s Formula 4 campaign, Zagame Motorsport Juniors, runs in conjunction with other programmes for customers across Porsche Carrera Cup and the Australian GT Championship.
“I always wanted this team to have a multi-tier to it, so here we’re going to have the Juniors and they can step up to Cup Challenge or Carrera Cup or GT,” McConville said.
“I said to Bobby [Zagame] it’s not one of our brands – obviously a Mygale F4 – but he said ‘I like it. I like the concept of having Zagame Juniors.’ We had a discussion about it, and it started to come together late last year.”
With Zagame’s strong links to GT3 racing, McConville hopes the team’s Formula 4 programme can prove to be a viable pathway to sports car racing alongside Formula 1 and Supercars.
“A lot of these young drivers now look at Matt Campbell and Mark Webber, and they look at GT3 and Sports Cars as being a potential option for a career. The fact that we are going to specialise in our field, we’re obviously much in that space with our high-end team, we can offer a progression through for them.”
Formula 4 graduates who have stepped up to sports car racing include British LMP3 racer Thomas Randle and Porsche Jamey Blaikie Scholarship recipient Jordan Love.
Tyler Everingham, who was initially slated for a spot at Team BRM for 2017 after completing his first year with JRD in 2016, will be Zagame’s senior driver alongside Formula 4 debutant Ryan Suhle.
“It seems a bit funny with me being 161 centimetres tall and being a senior driver!” Everingham joked.
“Hopefully I can lead Ryan and help him through the year, likewise he should be able to help me a fair bit out so it should be a great year for the both of us.”
With a solid year of experience under his belt, and a best race result of fourth at Sandown, Everingham is eager to accelerate his development and breakthrough for his first race win.
“I’m ultimately looking at winning this year. A lot of the tracks and races I’ve been to already, I should be able to bring that past experience back and really hone in on some of the lap times,” Everingham said.
“It all comes down to what motor sport draws you and the luck that you’re given.”
Ryan Suhle was recently announced as one of four drivers as part of the CAMS Foundation Rising Star programme, and expressed his delight in part of a programme that developed some of Australia’s best local and international drivers.
“It’s a great opportunity that the CAMS Foundation has given us, I’m just so grateful. You see the list of names, and to be on the same list as them is incredible,” Suhle said.
Suhle’s karting career includes Championships in both 2012 and 2014 at the Ipswich Kart Club, and has had podium finishes in 2014 at the NT, SA, QLD and Tasmanian State Championships.
“The step up to Formula 4 is going to be incredible to be at a big national level, bigger events, faster cars, street circuits… it’s going to be the next step up.”
The first two rounds of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will take place on April 7–9 for opening weekend for the Shannons Nationals at Sandown Raceway.