The 2019 Australian Formula 4 calendar has been finalised with races to take place across six rounds at four venues.

Revealed on Tuesday, the season-opening round will debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix in March with three races on the schedule before four races at Sydney Motorsport Park in May supporting the Shannons Nationals event. The category will then run double-round weekends at their two final destinations at Phillip Island and South Australia’s new permanent racing circuit The Bend in a June and July respectively to close the season. Six races will be run at each double-header weekend bringing the total tally of races up to 19 for the season, two less than in 2018.

2019’s schedule reveals that four venues are absent from 2018’s calendar being; Symmons Plains in Tasmania, Queensland Raceway, Winton in Country Victoria and Pukekohe Park in Auckland. Meanwhile, the championship picks up two new circuits, both being at world-class facilities at Albert Park and Tailem Bend situated one-hour from Adelaide.

Ryan Suhle leading teammate Jayden Ojeda and the rest of the field down into the tight right-hander of Turn 10 during the Phillip Island round in June 2018.

Following feedback and consultation across the last few seasons, drivers and teams will experience more track time than ever before as the championship moves away from supporting Supercars rounds. Instead, the championship looks to supporting Shannons Nationals events in order to gain better access to more flexible track time as Michael Smith, CAMS General Manager of Motorsport explained.

“For 2019, we took onboard a lot of feedback from drivers and teams – past and present – in terms of how we could change the format of Formula 4. Overwhelmingly, drivers wanted more track time. Given the age of our drivers, a shorter calendar also suits a driver’s school commitments around their racing program.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to start the fifth season of the Australian Formula 4 Championship, under the backdrop of the Australian Grand Prix. This category’s the first step out of karts for many out of our drivers, and I couldn’t think of a better event for a driver to enjoy their first circuit race than Albert Park.”

The Australian F4 spec cars boast a Ford EcoBoost 1.6L inline-four engine with a six-speed gear box. All Formula 4 regulated cars are capped to 160bhp.

Also unveiled was the confirmation of a Formula 4 Asia Pacific Cup, a racing event to be held in China at the end of the year. The top three drivers from next season’s Australian Formula 4 Championship will be offered a place in the event racing alongside other successful championship talents from various Formula 4 championships around the Asia/Pacific continents. Championships in the region include the Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian Formula 4 Championships.

A World Cup event is also in the works featuring the world’s best Formula 4 drivers.

The full calendar for the 2019 Australian Formula 4 Championship is listed below:

Round

Location

Date

Supporting

1

Albert Park

14-17 March

Australian Grand Prix

2

Sydney Motorsport Park

17-19 May

Shannons Nationals

3 & 4

Phillip Island

6-9 June

Shannons Nationals

5 & 6

The Bend

12-14 July

Shannons Nationals

Images via CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship

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Luke McCullough

Melbourne Based - 17 Grand Prix attendances and counting in Australia, Singapore, Canada, France, Austria and Great Britain.
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