CAMS Sydney Motorsport Park Preview
The 2017 CAMS Foundation Rising Stars are preparing for their penultimate race weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park as Round Six of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship draws near.
Team BRM’s Cameron Shields is the leading Rising Star in equal second place, alongside Liam Lawson in the overall standings. The Queenslander sits 45 points behind championship leader Nick Rowe, with 75 points up for grabs this weekend.
“Sydney Motorsport Park is a really cool track. (It’s) similar to Phillip Island in that it has a lot of fast, aero corners that come into play,” Shields said.
“There’s a lot of the quick corners, that’s what I’m good on. So hopefully at Sydney Motorsport Park we can have a real good crack and get out on the top step.
“It’s certainly going to be very interesting there down at AGI’s home track, but BRM have had exceptional car pace there before so I’m sure we’ll be very good.”
Queenslander Ryan Suhle who holds a commanding lead in the Burson Auto Parts Rookie standings. Over 90 points separate the Zagame Autosport driver from Team BRM duo Zane Morse and Aaron Love in the debutant classification.
Suhle is also within overall championship contention, placed fourth overall and ahead of Zagame Autosport teammate Tyler Everingham.
“We’re kind of thinking about two things at the moment. I’m excited to be leading the Burson Auto Parts Rookie standings, but it’s also great to still be in the championship fight as well. It’s exciting considering it’s our maiden year in the category,” Suhle said.
“It’s going to be a great track from the little bit of running that we did in testing. It’s quite an exciting, fast, flowing track into some heavy braking. It’s got a lot of elements similar to Phillip Island.”
Team BRM teammates Simon Fallon and Zane Morse sit seventh and eighth respectively in the overall standings, although Fallon has previous experience at Sydney Motorsport Park after an impressive performance in 2016.
“The track’s really good, it’s nice because you can actually overtake there. Last year we went there and in one race we went from 11th to the podium,” Fallon said.
“I’m really looking forward to close racing, especially like the race we had with Nick Rowe (Australian Formula 4 Championship leader) and have a few more of those moments.”
"I'm excited for this weekend's racing at Sydney Motorsport Park," Morse said.
"I've only been there for practice a couple of times but it's going be close between everyone, and hopefully I have a good weekend."
Crews will complete a sole practice session prior to qualifying on Friday, with the opening race on Saturday and the final two races on Sunday.
The conclusion of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will take place on the streets of the Gold Coast, on October 20–22.
Qualifying and all three races will be televised live on Fox Sports 506 as part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship support coverage.
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