2016 CAMS Jayco Australian F4 Championship - ROUND 1
After claiming pole and being involved in an early altercation which saw hm relegated to the the rear of the field on lap 1, BRM Cars Galore driver Will Brown has shown his true fighting spirit and skill to claim second place in Race 1 of the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Symmons Plains on Saturday.
Brown lead the field at the race start, only to be involved in an incident at Turn Four with Nick Rowe and Jordan Love.
Dropping to sixth, Brown rose back up to second place after a determined battle for the lead with Grove.
“Yeah, disappointing race obviously. Nick [Rowe] tried a lunge in Turn Four on the first lap and it didn’t work out, taking out Jordan and me,” Brown said.
“But we got back from sixth to second and had a bit of a dice with Brenton on the last few laps, but was unable to get him. Positive result and we’ll just push forward for the next one.”
Rowe, who set the U Race It Fastest Lap for Race One, claimed a return of throttle problems that the AGI Sport pilot had encountered in practice on Friday and Saturday.
“Unfortunately made contact with Jordan and Will, I didn’t mean to but hopefully I still got some mates there. We’ll see what happens.”
Debutant Brenton Grove has won the thrilling opening race, delighted to claim victory, having shown impressive pace across all three practice sessions this weekend.
“Will was fast,” Grove said.
“Will was catching me, I did everything I physically could in the car to try and keep him behind me but luckily I did and I won the first race. I’m stoked, I couldn’t be happier!”
Jordan Love was disappointed to be caught out in the Turn Four incident, but remains positive for Sunday’s two races after a strong showing during Saturday practice and qualifying.
“It’s happened, nothing I can really do about it now so we’ll come back in Race Two,” Love said.
“Pace has been really good… the only positive we can take out of the crash is that the tyres are 14 laps better than anyone else’s!
Josh Denton secured an equally impressive third place, despite some steering damage after making contact with fellow karting graduate Jack Smith who retired from the race after encountering suspension damage.
“It was a very good race between the three of us [Brown and Grove] at the end of the race,” Denton said.
“Unfortunately I did have a little bit of contact in Turn Four on the opening lap but I managed to push through it with a steering issue but it was all good".
Jordan McGregor achieved a fourth place finish, after the Jordan McGregor Motorsport operation made remarkable improvements during Saturday running.
“It was a bit of a chaotic race, coming from behind to fourth was a great start to the season and hopefully we can keep it going forward for the rest of the weekend.”
JRD’s Tyler Everingham has also made considerable improvements to his pace in comparison to Friday’s running, with the 15-year-old eager to keep learning. “I made a mistake on the cold tyres on the first lap, but you learn from mistakes and hopefully we can move forward from that,” Everingham said.
Races Two and Three for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship commence from 12:20pm and 4:05pm Sunday AEST respectively.