Discovering Tomorrow’s Talents
The world of single-seater racing has undergone a radical shift with the introduction of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship in 2015.
Formula 4 has been developed and certified by the FIA as the pre-eminent open-wheel development category across the globe; the critical step between elite junior karting, Formula 3 and ultimately Formula 1.
The over-arching aim of this category is to unearth the next generation of Australian drivers who will make it to the world stage.
What is Formula 4?
It is a developmental single seater open-wheel racing category for young drivers who are serious about a pathway to the top of motor sport.
It is based on the new FIA international regulations for Formula 4 with a focus on keeping costs down and guaranteeing the highest possible safety standards.
It’s built on four cornerstones: technical regulations, organisational standards, sporting regulations, and marketing and communications.
The Formula 4 Prize
The top 3 placed drivers and the highest placed Rookie Driver at each event will each receive a trophy and prize money.
In order to be eligible for the prize money offered at each round, the driver must be 21 years or under as of the 1st of January 2016.
The round prize money is as follows:
Rookies will be in contention for the Burson Rookie Award at the end of the season, with individual round winners to receive a Burson Rookie of The Round Medal.
Individual winners will receive a special medal crafted for the round, and the overall winner at the conclusion of the championship will receive $20,000 towards competing in the next CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 championship calendar of events (Prize is non-transferrable).
The Burson Rookies Medal is open to drivers under the age of 18, as of Round 1 of the championship, who have competed in no more than three national series or championship circuit racing events in their racing career so far.
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Formula 4: FIA’s global pathway
The first step on the ladder from Karting to Formula One, Formula 4 has become an integral part of the single seater pyramid as defined by the FIA.
FIA Formula 4 Championships across the World
In order to maximise track time during race weekends and to highlight the performances of the best drivers, use of a sporting formula inspired by the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is being used for Formula 4.
Race weekend will take this format:
|DAY 1||Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2|
|DAY 2||Qualifying, Race 1|
|DAY 3||Race 2, Race 3|
How will starting grids be determined?
|Race 1||Fastest qualifying times set in Q1|
|Race 2||Reverse grid with first ten drivers from Race 1|
|Race 3||Second fastest qualifying times set in Q1|
What about championship point scoring… what’s the formula?
It will be based on the FIA international championships scale:
25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 point for the ten first drivers of each race.
The Formula 4 Championship round winners receive financial support:
$17,500 per round (1st – $10,000, 2nd – $5,000, 3rd – $2,500)
|CHASSIS:||FIA homologated Mygale Carbon Monocoque|
|ENGINE:||Ford EcoBoost 1.6L
Life of engine – 10,000 km
|TRANSMISSION:||6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shift + reverse gear|
|BRAKES:||Twin pot callipers|
|FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION:||Double wishbones and pushrods, twin dampers, adjustable anti-roll bar|
|PARTS:||All parts must be homologated and supplied by the official supplier at each round of the championship
Parts will be available for purchase from the supplier at each championship venue and must be used exactly as supplied
|DIMENSIONS:||3350 x 1750 x 950mm|
|SAFETY:||FIA standards (front and rear impact absorbing structures, anti-intrusion side panels, roll bars, removable seat, wheel restraint cables, on-board fire extinguisher, retractable steering column)|
The championship will receive significant television coverage as part of the 2016 V8 Supercars coverage on Channel 10 and Fox Sports, and SBS Speedweek.
|April 1-3||Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains (Live on Fox Sports)|
|April 15-17||Phillip Island SuperSprint (Live on Fox Sports)|
|July 1-3||Shannons Nationals, Sydney Motorsport Park (Fox Sports and SBS Speedweek)|
|July 22-24||Ipswich SuperSprint, Queensland Raceway (Live on Fox Sports)|
|Sept. 16-18||Sandown 500 (Live on Ten, simulcast on Fox Sports)|
|Oct. 21-23||Gold Coast 600 (Live on Ten, simulcast on Fox Sports)|