The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 championship reaches the mid-way point of the season this weekend when the field, led by young New Zealander Liam Lawson, takes to Victoria's Phillip Island circuit.
The 15-year-old racer carries a slender four-point advantage into the fourth round and is hoping repairs to his car's engine, which failed in the last race at Perth, will help him to retain the championship lead.
An electronic sensor failed on the his RetroCar.co.nz-sponsored Formula 4, robbing the engine of power as he limped home to finish ninth. The BRM Team discovered the failure the following day.
"Phillip Island is definitely a horsepower circuit so I'm glad the car will be fully sorted for the weekend," said Lawson.
The Pukekohe based teenager will get his first sighting of the Phillip Island track today at a testing day before Qualifying on Friday afternoon, two races on Saturday and a single race Sunday.
The current New Zealand Formula Ford champion has impressed since moving up to the more powerful wings and slicks cars in Australia and has been on the podium in every race but one, scoring 3 wins in the process.
Three new sponsors have come onboard for Lawson's Phillip Island round. BG World of Wheels, Archibalds and historic car racing group TACCOC have put their support behind him, the first Kiwi driver to contest the F4 series in Australia.
"Geoff Dixon at BG World of Wheels and the committee at TACCOC have decided to support me. I'm so grateful for all the Kiwi companies that are behind me. I just want to keep doing them proud and try to stay ahead in the championship. I love this Kiwi-Aussie rivalry, even if there's only one of us.
"The track looks awesome. I've watched lots of racing from there [Phillip Island] and I can't wait to get on the track," he said.
Lawson's campaign is proudly supported by RetroCar.co.nz, Giltrap Group, NZ Childcare Finance, BG World Wheels, Archibalds, TACCOC, Cyrus International Cargo and Showerdome.
CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship points (top six):
1. Liam Lawson 164 points
2. Nick Rowe 160
3. Cameron Shileds 121
4. Josh Denton 94
5. Ryan Suhle 77
6. Taylor Everingham 68
Liam Lawson 021 173 3624
Jared Lawson 027 547 7515
Grant McDonald 027 227 3554
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