Leading Australian F3 outfit Team BRM has revealed plans to join the all new CAMS Formula 4 category next season.
The South Australian squad is one of the leading lights in the F3 scene having claimed five CAMS Gold Star championship, seven Australian F3 titles and more than 100 wins.
With programs in the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup, the team is now eyeing a multi-car entry to compete in the 21-race Australian F4 Championship, set to begin in June/July next year.
Team manager Mark Rundle believes a move into F4 will complete the squad's pathway for developing young drivers.
“We feel that this is the next big positive step for our team and its progression,” said Rundle.
“We are in a unique position of being able to offer young drivers a choice of Australia's best series for developing young driving talent in Formula 3 and Carrera Cup; series which open pathways to top-level motorsport both here or overseas.
“The addition of Formula 4 to our program will allow us to bring drivers through the ranks internally and give them the stability and consistency they need to really develop – it's a very exciting opportunity for the team.
“There is a lot of investment being made in the series and it is clear that it is quickly going to become a key place for young drivers making a step up from Karting and into circuit racing.
“The level of investment being made and the prizes on offer make it an extremely exciting proposition and it is one we are very keen to be part of and contending for championships.”
The news of Team BRM's plans has been well received by CAMS manager for Motor Sport Michael Smith.
Since CAMS unveiled plans for the Australian F4 Championship in March this year a total of 49 expressions of interest to join the series have been submitted.
“Team BRM are one of the most prominent teams in Australia, certainly when comes to open-wheel racing and they are the sort of team we're very happy to have involved in the new formula,” said Smith.
Elsewhere, leading Karting squad Parizicorse is evaluating the possibility of joining the series with boss Michael Patrizi awaiting more information from organisers CAMS before making the commitment.
The category is yet to unveil its control engine and tyres for the inaugural season.
“We are also looking very heavily into Formula 4,” Patrizi told Speedcafe.com.
“We have definitely had a lot of interest from drivers which is great so we are just waiting for some more information from CAMS.”