Nick Rowe takes the round win at SMP to take second place in the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship
Jack Smith juggled two drives over the weekend and had a ripper first race in the fourth round of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
AGI Sport have unveiled a two car livery in time for the first round of the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship underway at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains next month.
The cars are already sleek and athletic, and the full red livery of the SCT Logistics two-car team is certainly going to stand out at every racetrack around the country.
AGI Sport Team Manager Adam Gotch was delighted to have two cars running under the same banner,
“It’s exciting news that SCT Logistics have come on-board this year to support two young drivers in the Australian Formula 4 Championship. The cars look fantastic in the red livery of SCT Logistics and will certainly stand out on the grid.
‘We tested both Nick Rowe and Jack Smith together in February and the boys both got on extremely well.
‘Nick competed in selected rounds of the F4 Championship last year so will go into this year with plenty of experience while Jack comes to us direct from a National level karting background.
Jack Smith will pilot the #68 car. The young Queenslander is looking forward to getting back on track.
“I feel really excited about running in the Australian Formula 4 Championship, after getting a feel for the car at a few test days last year.
‘I’ve been eager to get into a race for a while now and I can’t wait to see what this year holds.
‘Formula 4 is a great category as it’s compatible with the rest of the world with the use of wings and slicks, and it’ll help me prepare if I’m able to race overseas in the future”.
Nick Rowe has been announced as the second driver for the SCT Logistics team returning to the #97 car.
Nick competed in selected rounds of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship last year and managed to finish on the podium regularly including a race win at Sydney Motorsport Park.
“I’m super excited to be confirmed for the Australian Formula 4 championship, I can’t thank AGI and SCT Logistics for the amazing support, the cars look awesome. It’s pretty cool to have two cars looking identical, I’m sure throughout the year we can hopefully see both cars on the podium.
‘Hopefully we can have a great year together and win the championship. I’m raring to go and can’t wait for the first round”.
Keeping the cars all equal brings it all down to driver talent with both Nick and Jack both looking promising during pre-season testing.
AGI Sport will announce its full driver line-up for the season next week.
The teams test at Phillip Island on 21/22 March before heading down to Tasmania for the first round of the championship April 1-3, 2016.
The Gold Coast Castrol 600 is some of the most challenging driving for the young Formula 4 drivers so far this year. The track is proving unforgiving with no room for error.
IQ Option Racing driver Tom Grech was the first of the AGI Sport drivers to luck out after a huge hit into a wall left his car unsalvageable. Luckily the carbon fibre monocoque protected Grech and he managed to walk away uninjured.
Grech was pragmatic after the accident. “I just lost control of the car, not so surprising in a place like this, unfortunately we hit the wall. It’s been a massive effort from the team and CAMS to get me into this spare car for the rest of the weekend.”
The AGI Sport team worked hard to the Jayco Dealership ‘spare’ car up to scratch for qualifying. Tom then jumped into the unfamiliar car and pushed out some blistering laps to start front row of the grid in Race One.
“Its probably one of the best circuits I’ve ever been to, having a lot of fun racing around the streets of the Gold Coast.”
Championship front-runners Jordan Lloyd and Thomas Randle soon claimed the top two spots after Race 1 with AGI Sport driver Jimmy Vernon finishing well in the Toolforce Racing car.
“Race one was a really good one for us. I came home in P3, I was in P2 for a little while there but it just wasn’t meant to be.
‘We had some strong pace and I just had a ball out there it was a lot of fun and bagged a lot of points for the championship.
Jimmy was in his element around the Gold Coast streets,
“The street racing is heaps of fun, we did Townsville earlier in the year and we were fast there and we seem to have come out of the box in the top 3 or top 4 this weekend.”
Race 2 proved even more fun for the young Sydney-based driver.
“We led in Race 2 for a few laps there. I pushed really hard and I made a little bit of a gap to start with and it just wasn’t meant to be.
‘The guys behind me had a lot if pace and they caught me and there were a few little things.
‘I got passed by Luis Leeds who then cut the chicane so I think they are looking into it now but I’m not really sure on the outcome of that.”
Penalties will be applied to the final race of the weekend shaking things up into Sunday.
Car Galore driver Will Brown didn’t manage to set a qualifying lap which had a huge impact on his weekend.
“I hit a pretty hard bump down the main straight which turned the ignition off. By the time the truck got there and we worked everything out I was already getting towed in.
‘I probably could have kept going. It was sort of my fault so I let the team down a bit but we looked forward and started off ninth for Race one and got up to seventh.
‘ I didn’t get the best of starts which was a bit disappointing. In that last one we got up to fifth from ninth. Tomorrow we start of ninth and hopefully we can just push forward and get in the top five again.”
Will also had high praise for the gritty racing the street circuit provides.
“I love Surfers Paradise, it’s awesome, the kerbs – you can just smash them. Went great in practice, I think we got fourth in one session and first in the next one, a bit disappointing in qualifying. The racing is so close, its just hard to move through.”
The three AGI Sport drivers will start on track at 11.35am EDST on Sunday with all the action live on Foxsports.
The inaugural round of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship kicked off under brilliant tropical weather in sunny Townsville, Far North Queensland.
The newest support category to the V8 Supercars placed thirteen drivers on the grid at the demanding street circuit and the racing was a textbook example of the soaring highs and plumbing lows of motor sport.
AGI Sport had committed to a five car entry but a last-minute deal saw Western Australian teenager Nick Rowe jump on a plane to Townsville late Thursday night to drive a sixth entry for the Sydney-based team.
Rowe proved handy in the open wheel category coming from a solid background in Formula Ford and recently contesting the Asian Formula Masters with strong podium results.
Qualifying was one of the most important sessions of the weekend with each driver’s fastest lap setting the grid for Race 1 and the second fastest lap setting the grid for Race 3. The second race made for some interesting track time with a reverse grid of the top six finishers from Race 1.
Toowoomba-based driver Will Brown made the best of it with P3 in Race 1 and 3. Late arrival Nick Rowe managed some handy laps for his first time in the car placing P4 and P7 respectively. A split fuel line on Tom Grech’s IQ Option Racing car meant the Victorian did not make the start grid.
In an exciting first race AGI Sport driver Will Brown managed to improve on his grid position with an excellent start taking him to a lead he managed to hold through a number of safety car sessions. Will makes history as the first ever winner of an Australian Formula 4 race.
He was followed to the chequered flag by late entry Nick Rowe who kept a clear head and a clean nose to hold out the Dream Motorsport entry of Luis Leeds.
Jimmy Vernon steered the Toolforce Racing car to a handy fourth place finish. Jack Sipp finished in 11th spot while Jordan Love recorded a DNF after touching a wall.
The reverse top six grid saw a different style of racing with the young guns fired up and ready to rumble. Jimmy Vernon got off to a blinding start to take the front from Thomas Randle and Harry Hayek.
The signature green Toolforce entry car held the lead for most of the race, again slowed by a number of safety car sessions.
A controversial move by Thomas Randle defending his position from Jordan Lloyd on the penultimate lap sent Vernon into a spin that Queensland teenager Zane Goddard could not avoid, both cars sustained substantial damage. Randle was heavily disciplined for the move with a 30 second penalty.
The revised result placed Nick Rowe second behind Team BRM entry Jordan Lloyd with Will Brown posting a handy fourth place. Jordan Love and Jack Sipp placed seventh and eighth. Jimmy Vernon and Tom Grech were among four drivers that recorded a DNF for the second Saturday race.
The team and engineers worked hard through the night to get the damaged cars race ready for Sunday morning. Jimmy Vernon overcame his intense disappointment to channel a new mindset for the final race of the weekend.
The grid order was this time determined by the second fastest qualifying lap with a consistent Will Brown starting front row next to Jordan Lloyd. Jimmy Vernon was gunning from P3 with Nick Rowe P7, Jordan Love P8, Tom Grech P9 and Jack Sipp in front of penalty magnet Thomas Randle.
Jimmy Vernon kept a level head to steer to third place points behind Jordan Lloyd and Drew Ridge. Nick Rowe collected his fifth place to finish one point behind Jordan Lloyd for the round win with Jordan Love a respectable seventh place in the final race.
Will Brown secured an eighth spot, enough to hand him the third place on the podium for the round. Jack Sipp finished ninth while Tom Grech nursed a damaged rear upright to 11th place.
Team BRM took the round win with Jordan Lloyd flanked either side by AGI Sport drivers Nick Rowe and Will Brown.
Nick Rowe had every reason to be proud of his result. “ It was a great weekend here at Townsville for Round 1 of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Series.
‘Getting here on Thursday night and being ninth after first practice, the team and I worked hard all weekend and we made a huge improvement to the car during the weekend, and also in my driving.
‘We made the F4 car a rocket ship and I can’t thank the team enough for all the hard work. To get a second on debut is a great feeling and the team and myself are looking forward to taking the next step up the podium hopefully at Queensland Raceway. “
Will Brown was ecstatic with his first race win in Formula 4, “I’ve had a great weekend here in Townsville. Coming into it as a rookie and finishing first in the first race was amazing. We’ve ended up third in the round. The last couple of races were a little bit tougher so we will try and work of them next time.
‘I couldn’t thanks AGI Sport enough for all their help. The CAMS Foundation too, I couldn’t have done it without them, they’ve been a great help. All in all we’re just going to try and push through and see what we can end up with for the season.
‘To come in as a rookie, along with all these other rookies and win the Rookie Award is just an awesome experience. A big thank you to Burson Auto Parts for putting that on”
Attention now turns to more exciting racing on offer at the second round held at a Queensland Raceway, Ipswich July 31 – August 2, 2015.
As the first #F4AU round at Townsville fast approaches, Toolforce driver Jimmy Vernon shares his feelings on the car and the season ahead.
Just weeks away from the first round, IQ Option Racing AGI Sport Formula 4 driver Tom Grech shares his thoughts on the Sydney test day and what lies ahead.
Tom Grech has unveiled his IQ Option Racing livery at the first official CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 team test day held at Winton Raceway during the week.
AGI Sport, BRM and Dream Motorsport gathered under the watchful eye of CAMS officials and Formula 4 Development Manager Cam McConville for a full day of testing at the Victorian track.
Driver Tom Grech was happy to finally get behind the wheel of his own Mygale Formula 4 car.
“It’s been very exciting to finally be able to show the car off for the first time here at Winton. It’s been such a long road to the first test, so those first few laps on track were hugely satisfying for all of us.’
‘Its fantastic to be a part of the new CAMS Jayco Formula 4 Championship with AGI Sport and after completing a full day of successful testing I know for sure we have made the right decision.’
‘We are really excited to take the industry leading success that IQ Option have out and onto the track!’
‘Their in-house design team has also done an outstanding job on the graphics and branding and additionally we have some pretty exciting stuff lined up off track later in the year.’
‘The cars perform as well as they look, we are appearing at some pretty high profile rounds and spotlight will be on so you can’t ask for anything more than that!”
Both Tom Grech and AGI Sport teammate Jimmy Vernon had worked hard to get their cars wrapped and pit garage displays completed in the few days between the cars arriving and the Winton Test.
The cars arrived from the Mygale factory in France just a couple of weeks before the first official test and the teams were working against the clock to have them unboxed and track ready.
AGI Sport team manager Adam Gotch said his team had plenty of late nights ahead of the test but it was all worth it.
“We had a very productive first test with the brand new Mygale Formula 4 cars. I’ve been involved in a number of new car tests with the major race car manufacturers in Europe and there are always niggling issues to begin with.’
‘We worked through the issues with both Mygale and Walkinshaw Performance throughout the day with some ‘fixes’ being introduced before the Phillip Island Test in two weeks’ time.’
‘Our driver’s tested a number of the allowed optional components such as springs and brake pad compounds. All three drivers covering more than 150km’s of testing each.”
Adam was impressed with how the IQ Option Racing livery design looked on the car.
“The Mygale F4 in the IQ Option colours looked brilliant not only in the garage for the launch but also on the track the following day.”
Gotch also revealed there were more drivers taking an interest in the brand new series with the possibility of AGI Sport fielding more than the two cars they have committed to already.
“For the second F4 Test later this month at Phillip Island, we have three drivers scheduled to test for the team. Jimmy Vernon, Tom Grech and young QLD karter Will Brown.’
‘We’re also in discussion with a number of other hopeful drivers for the fourth and final seat with the team.”
Tom Grech was also looking forward to the next test session after getting more comfortable with his dedicated race engineer and mechanic on the car.
“AGI Sport has been fantastic. I’m feeling really at home in the team and the guys are working so hard and putting in huge hours so their commitment is absolutely appreciated”.
The Formula 4 teams will test at Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park before heading into Queensland for the final test at Queensland Raceway. It’s then onto the first round of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship round at Townsville in July.
The AGI Sport F3 Team kicked off its 2015 racing at Wakefield Park April 10-12. The Goulburn circuit played host to first round of the NSW Formula 3 State Championship.
New team driver Nick Filipetto made his debut behind the wheel of the F304 Dallara previously campaigned by Nathan Gotch. It was Nick’s first race meeting in an ‘Open Wheeler’ after two years in the ‘one-make’ Hyundai Excel Championship.
Nick showed immediate aptitude for ‘wing and slicks’ racing, over the two Qualifying sessions on Saturday morning he set the fastest time in both sessions to secure pole position for Race 1.
Filipetto lead into turn one of the first lap and was never headed over the 8 lap race, winning by a 5 second margin over the F301 Dallara of Aaron McClintock.
It was cracking Sunday morning race at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park.
Aaron McClintock jumped pole winner Nick Filipetto at the start to lead the field for the first lap. Filipetto set about chasing down McClintock for the lead but had a high-speed spin while following the leader into turn 3. A quick recovery meant Nick would chase down McClintock and take the lead by the halfway point of the race with a pass out of turn 8.
Lapped traffic spiced up the action with Nick getting balked out of turn 9 and McClintock retaking the lead on the second last lap.
On the final lap Filipetto pulled off a brave move around the outside at turn 3 to re-take the lead and the victory
It was a magnificent drive from Nick in an incredibly exciting race from start to finish.
Filipetto lead the pack into turn one and started to pull a healthy gap from the first lap. A slight mistake on the run up to turn 3 early in the race meant a high-speed spin from the AGI Sport driver and a trip onto the outfield. Nick made a strong recovery from last position to take it back up to 5th by the chequered flag.
In another exciting race that showcased the bold racecraft he gained in the Excel Championship Nick made a decent getaway from 5th on the grid in the trophy race to be 3rd by the second lap. Within another 5 laps Filipetto had overtaken the fast-starting Greg Muddle.
A superb move up the inside of rival Aaron McClintock at turn 10 on the penultimate lap ensured Filipetto took the lead and the race win. It was a great way to finish off a very successful debut weekend for the new driver.
AGI Sport driver Nick Filipetto finished the weekend with 3 wins out of 4 races for Round 1 of the NSW F3 State Championship.
Seasoned Formula Ford competitor Tom Grech has inked a deal to be the second driver for NSW-based Formula 4 team AGI Sport.
Tom has a solid history in open wheeler racing having spent four years racing Formula Fords in Victoria and winning the Victorian Championship in 2013.
Tom also works hard behind the scenes building relationships to support his goal of becoming a professional driver and has consistently secured sponsorship support throughout his racing career.
2015 is no different, Tom brings 3 backers to pit lane. Team IQ Option is excited to sponsor Tom Grech as he joins the AGI Sport’s race team.
According to Andreas Matsas, CEO of IQ Option, “ We see tremendous synergy between high performance racing and the excitement of precision trading”.
“Whether you are a professional racer or trader, the tools you use can be the difference between finishing in the money or on pit lane. That’s why we are so thrilled to sponsor Tom with AGI Sport. In our business, seconds matter. AGI gets that!”
Long-term personal backer Stewart Bracken is back on board and Reebok Crossfit Frankston also provide their valuable support as a minor partner.
Tom gets his amazing work ethic from father Jeff Grech who enjoyed an epic 30 year career in motorsport including 10 Bathurst and eight Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar Championship wins. Jeff also kick-started the careers of a crop of current superstars including Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy during his tenure as team manager of the hugely popular Holden Racing Team.
AGI Sport team principal Adam Gotch was pleased by the deal, “Tom is a fine young driver with plenty of open wheel experience. He has the skill and race craft to hit the ground running in this series and we are looking forward to working closely with Tom and his sponsors in this inaugural season of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship”.
“It’s exciting to see more drivers take the Formula 4 path and we can’t wait to get testing and then hit the street circuit at Townsville for the first round”.
Tom was also thrilled, “I’m really excited about 2015. It’s been fantastic to form such a great partnership with an international brand like IQ Option. They are tremendously excited and enthusiastic about their entry into motorsport and we have some great promotional stuff planned this year”.
“I’m also very keen to work with Adam and his team this year. His experience in high level motorsport shows he knows what it takes, so I’m looking forward to working with them and picking up some great results this year”.
“I can’t thank the guys at IQ Options and my other sponsors enough for their support, can’t wait”.
Tom will now join AGI Sport team mate Jimmy Vernon, other confirmed drivers and CAMS officials for an unofficial test day and car shakedown on February 25th at Winton Raceway.
The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will officially get underway at the Castrol Townsville 400 on July 10-12.