Best Weekend For 2017 Rising Stars At Phillip Island
The CAMS Foundation Rising Stars of Simon Fallon, Ryan Suhle, Cameron Shields and Zane Morse have enjoyed their most successful weekend as a collective in Round Four of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship at Phillip Island.
It is the first time the CAMS Foundation Rising Stars have locked out a podium 1-2-3 result this season.
All four Rising Stars appeared at least once on a podium across the weekend’s three races, with Ryan Suhle claiming his first win in Race One, Zane Morse making his podium debut in Race Two, and Simon Fallon winning his first race and round for the year in Race Three.
Race Three & Round Four Winner
“It was a really good feeling… it’s good to come out today with a fresh start, reset and show that even though we had a bad day [yesterday], keep pushing forward and make the most of it,” Fallon said.
“This is a big boost for us. We’ve had a rough start [to the year]… luckily now I feel like we’ve got the car up to a stage where we’re up the front again, we’re back into it, we’ll go into the next round confident and hopefully come out on top there.
“It feels really good to be the second Rising Star to win a Formula 4 round. The Rising Star program has been really good to us and really supportive, even when we’ve been down. Got us going to put our head straight and where we need to be.”
Race One Winner & 2nd Overall
“It’s pretty cool, it shows that we’re definitely in the game as a team with only two cars. It’s pretty cool to show that we have a lot of pace,” Suhle said.
“I really enjoy this circuit and I love it. It’s a circuit that I just enjoy driving on, and like pushing the limits of the track. It’s cool, you look down and you’re doing 220 kilometres per hour it’s pretty crazy. I just really enjoyed the whole weekend, it was cool to come away with second and tying for points for first with Simon is cool to be up there with the older drivers.”
“It’s been a very up-and-down weekend. Starting with the first race in second place, very good there to get some quality championship points. A bit of incident in Race Two which isn’t good at all, but to come through the last race again in the wet was a really good result,” Shields said.
“At this stage of the championship, it’s up to anyone to win really. Every race the results are up and down. There’s not a consistent person at the front taking off. I think the championship’s definitely going to come down to the last race at the Gold Coast.”
2nd Race Two & 5th Overall – Best Championship Result in 2017
“Saturday was a really good day for me. I started off twelfth unfortunately, but I worked my way up to sixth position so that was good. In the second race I started from pole and finished second. That was a good day!” Morse said.
“I’ve got a lot more confident after a crash on Thursday [testing]. I had a lot more pace, a lot more faster times and it paid off.”
Crews will now enjoy a two-month gap before we reach Round Five of the championship at Queensland Raceway on July 28–30.
Round Four Results
1st: Simon Fallon – Team BRM: 43
2nd: Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport: 43
3rd: Cameron Shields – Team BRM: 37
4th: Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport: 36
5th: Zane Morse – Team BRM: 32
6th: Nick Rowe – AGI Sport: 27
7th: Liam Lawson – Team BRM: 22
8th: Aaron Love – Team BRM: 14
9th: Josh Denton – Team BRM: 12
10th: Zak Best – AGI Sport: 12
11th: Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD: 12
12th: Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport: 12
13th: Harley Haber – AGI Sport: 10
Race Three Results
1st: Simon Fallon – Team BRM
2nd: Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport
3rd: Cameron Shields – Team BRM
4th: Josh Denton – Team BRM
5th: Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport
6th: Zak Best – AGI Sport
7th: Liam Lawson – Team BRM
8th: Zane Morse – Team BRM
9th: Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD
DNF: Nick Rowe – AGI Sport
DNF: Aaron Love – Team BRM
DNF: Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport
CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship Points After Round Four
1st: Nick Rowe – 187
2nd: Liam Lawson – 186
3rd: Cameron Shields – 158
4th: Ryan Suhle – 120
5th: Josh Denton – 106
6th: Tyler Everingham – 104
7th: Simon Fallon – 74
8th: Aaron Love – 66
9th: Zane Morse – 62
10th: Jordan Mazzaroli – 56
11th: Zak Best – 40
12th: Harley Haber – 34
13th: Sage Murdoch – 18