MOTORSPORT: Despite being the youngest driver on track, Cameron Shields has not wasted any time in staking his claim for a national championship title.
At just 15, and in his debut season, Cameron Shields has raced hard to top the 2016 Formula 3 Premier Series National Class standings.
The Withcott teenager extended his lead in the national class with a hard fought victory during round four of the championships at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend.
It was a remarkable feat for Shields, who had to overcome significant mechanical issues to finish the weekend on a high.
Shields finished the weekend’s opening race in sixth place overall, a solid 10 seconds ahead of his nearest national class competitors.
But a broken drive shaft in the warm up lap pushed him out of race two.
“That was a bit of a shame but the team worked hard to get the car ready for the final race,” Shields said.
The teen rewarded his Gilmour Racing Team’s efforts to take a national class victory and cross the line third outright in the final race of the weekend.
“I beat last year’s championship winner (Ricky Capo) too and that’s a class above me,” Shields said.
Shields said he was excited to add another national class win to his name and looked to continue the trend in round five at Queensland Raceway on July 29-31.
“I’m certainly looking for another national class win and to give the front runners in the premier class a close battle too,” he said.
Despite considering Queensland Raceway as a home track, Shields said round five would be as challenging as any race.
“It is my home track but I have no real advantage over anyone,” he said.
“I’ve only had one test day in the car so far.”
Reflecting on his season so far, Shields said he was proud to be racing up the front with the best.
“I’m the youngest person ever to race Formula 3 and to be leading the national championship in my first year I’m very happy with that,” he said.
Starting his love of motorsport on two wheels, Shields’ talents behind the wheel have sky-rocketed in a relatively short time-frame.
“When I was younger I started riding motocross but it was getting a bit dangerous so I moved into go-karting and its just progressed from there into Formula Ford and now Formula 3,” he said.
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