The recent confirmation of Tyler Everingham and Ryan Suhle at Zagame Motorsport is one of several driver movements during the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship off-season.
Sydney squad AGI Sport were the first to announce part of their lineup last November, with Harley Haber making the switch from Aussie Racing Cars alongside karting and Formula Vee graduate Sage Murdoch.
“We look forward to working with some of the most promising young drivers in the country in 2017 and help them on the road to become the next [Jamie] Whincup or [Daniel] Ricciardo,” AGI Sport Principal Adam Gotch said.
Haber has spent the past two seasons in Aussie Racing Cars with a podium finish on the challenging Clipsal street circuit in Adelaide last year, with his ultimate career goal being in Supercars.
“Working with a team and being in a professional environment are so important. I’m looking forward to getting used to slicks and aero as well,” Haber said.
“I did the test day at Wodonga with CAMS and I love the mechanical grip the car provides along with the brakes. It really rewards smooth and precise driving and I love that.”
Murdoch will step up to a national platform with Formula 4, after sampling open-wheelers racing a Formula Vee throughout 2016.
“It’s been my dream ever since I started karting to have a career in open wheeler racing, my ultimate goal is Formula 1,” Murdoch said.
“Having experienced most of a year in Formula Vee experiencing the excitement of open wheeler racing only reinforced my passion.
“When the opportunity came along to move into Formula 4 I decided to make a long-term commitment to make my dreams reality.”
Dual-championship winning squad Team BRM has confirmed three CAMS Foundation Rising Stars for 2017, with Formula 4 race winner Simon Fallon, Australian Formula 3 National Class series champion, and multiple class champion Zane Morse stepping up from karting.
“Simon [Fallon] really impressed me on the Gold Coast this year, he showed real poise for such a young driver fighting for a rookie championship,” Team BRM Principal Mark Rundle said.
“The team were really impressed with how Cameron [Shields] went about the test with us last year, and his credentials are certainly backed up by his performance, and Zane [Morse] has had a massive karting career and is a great talent he will be exciting to watch and super quick.”
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.”
Victorian squad JRD also welcomed a new rookie for 2017, with Jordan Mazzaroli committing to Australian Formula 4 after participating in multiple test sessions with the squad throughout 2016.
“I really enjoyed the rookie test I did [in November] and becoming familiar with the F4,” Mazzaroli said.
“I’ve always dreamed of making it to Formula 1 and this is the second step on the ladder towards that goal for me after karting, so I am rapt we have been able to put a program together.”
Further driver announcements are expected over the coming days and weeks, with the first two rounds of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship to take place at Sandown Raceway on April 7–9.
Confirmed Driver Lineups
Sage Murdoch (R)
Simon Fallon (RS)
Cameron Shields (RS)
Zane Morse (RS) (R)
Jordan Mazzaroli (R)
Ryan Suhle (RS) (R)
(RS) = CAMS Foundation Rising Star
(R) = Rookie