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CAMS Rising Star Cameron Shields at Sydney Motorsport Park - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

CAMS Rising Star Cameron Shields at Sydney Motorsport Park – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

After a successful return in 2017, the CAMS Foundation Rising Star program will continue into 2018.

CAMS has confirmed that the Rising Star program, that currently supports Cameron Shields, Simon Fallon, Zane Morse, and Ryan Suhle in the Australian Formula 4 Championship will return in 2018, with up to four $50,000 scholarships to be made available.

In addition, CAMS will also continue to support Formula 4, with up to eight additional scholarships available each year until at least 2020.

“We are really excited about what lies ahead as we look to develop the next wave of junior drivers,” said CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca.

“CAMS has been committed to supporting an internationally relevant single seater category from day one.

“The success of the CAMS Jayco Formula 4 program in nurturing drivers for both the international and national stage is evident with more young Australian drivers competing overseas than at any stage in our recent history.

“With more Formula 4 drivers around the world achieving success in everything from F3 to F1, the future is very clear.”

Graduates of the Australian Formula 4 series have progressed both nationally and internationally, with former driver including Will Brown (Dunlop Super2 Series), Brenton Grove and Jordan Love (Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge), Thomas Randle (Formula Renault Eurocup, British LMP3, Toyota Racing Series) as well as Zane Goddard and Luis Leeds (Formula Renault Eurocup).

CAMS also announced that the 2018 Australian Formula 4 Championship will feature seven rounds across six events. While no events have been locked in year, it’s expected that up to four of the rounds will see Formula 4 feature on the Supercars support program, with a round in New Zealand also a possibility.

Nick Rowe currently leads the Australian Formula 4 Championship after the last round in Sydney.

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