New Zealander Liam Lawson was one of the many standout drivers from the group of drivers in the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
With a limited testing programme prior to the season with Team BRM, Lawson raised the attention of many by starting on the front row at Sandown, winning the event’s first race and finally the round.
Lawson’s results were particularly impressive given his limited knowledge and experience of the Australian venues Formula 4 visited in 2017.
“With the experience that I had coming from New Zealand Formula Ford and into this series, it was a huge step,” Lawson said.
“The first round we prepared really well, but unfortunately with the tight turn around we only had one test day before it. We still worked really hard for it.
“The main goal there was for qualifying. We qualified really well, P2 in both rounds, so that really set us up for a good weekend.”
The string of strong results helped maintain momentum at the top of the championship, before being surpassed by the year’s eventual Champion Nick Rowe.
Lawson recovered strongly at the final round on the Gold Coast to finish runner-up in the championship standings, collecting five race wins across the journey of the year.
With New Zealand’s credentials in establishing motor racing talent being second-to-none, Lawson was thrilled to share the same turf as some of his New Zealand idols.
“I look up to all of the Kiwi drivers, but I think my idol from New Zealand is Richie Stanaway.
“The people that support me now from New Zealand, they’ve worked with Richie over his career. I’m hoping to follow in his footsteps.
“Coming from New Zealand, where the exposure is not that big with the events that we have, so coming to these events with F4 with all the exposure at the Supercars rounds has been really awesome.”