SOLID START: Cameron Shields is fourth in the Formula 4 standings after the first two rounds.
SOLID START: Cameron Shields is fourth in the Formula 4 standings after the first two rounds. Contributed

Cameron Shields steps up a gear for Formula 4 debut

MOTORSPORTS: Cameron Shields has adjusted well to life in the Australian Formula 4 Championship following the opening two rounds of the 2017 season at Sandown over the weekend.

The Withcott driver sits fourth in the overall standings after he recovered from a difficult first round.

He finished seventh in the opener but he took it up a gear to end round two in third place.

"Starting off it was a bit slow, we had a few issues throughout practice,” Shields said.

"That followed on into qualifying as well. For the first round, the first two races I didn't get to finish those, we had a few incidents on the track.”

Although he was happy with his improvement on the Sunday, the determined teenager was always striving for the top.

"Round two went a lot better, still could have been better I think,” he said.

"I didn't do qualifying, so started off the back row of the grid every time... I managed to move my way up forward up to the podium for each race, that was a really good result considering where we started from.”

He was able to enjoy himself, even when faced with a variety of weather conditions.

"That last race was probably one of the most fun I've ever had,” he said.

"Even though I didn't finish right up the top, it was still awesome fun passing heaps of people and in the wet out there, it was heaps of fun.”


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