Josh Denton has once again showed himself as capable of racing against Australia’s best junior talent in the CAMS Jayco Australian F4 Championship.
After a delayed start to the season which saw Josh step into the race car with no testing miles in nearly six months he put the field on notice by setting the fastest lap in the season opening race, winning race two and finishing second overall for the first round of the championship.
Unfortunately Josh suffered issues at round 2 which saw him compete at a wet Sandown raceway, when he chose to use scuffed wet weather tyres instead of new tyres as the track looked as so it would dry up. Unfortunately this did not happen. He qualified fourth for the round but
Round three of the championship was held in Perth at the Barbagallo raceway. Josh had a good start to the weekend qualifying 6th and finishing race 1 in 5th at the track that is notoriously hard to pass at. He then started the second race well grabbing the lead and holding this for the majority of the race until his rear tyres started to drop away. Ultimately he finished in third place setting the fastest lap of the race. The final race was very processional as tyre degradation played a big part in the outcome seeing him finish in 4th.
Round four of the Championship saw Josh complete his first test day for 2017 on the Thursday before the event at Phillip Island. On used tyres Josh was able to set consistent times that would place him in a good position come Friday. Josh topped the qualifying time sheets for most of the session but with two minutes to go he was shuffled down the order to third. On his last flying lap he was quickest in sector 1 and 2 but a slight mistake coming into the tight turn 10 saw him miss out on pole by 0.08 of a second. He got a great start in the first race and settled into a rhythm only to be crashed out of the race by a fellow competitor who would later receive a penalty for the contact but still start race 2 in front of him. Josh unfortunately had significant damage, which included bodywork, front and rear floors and a complete gearbox. Race 2 unfortunately saw some undiagnosed come into play as he struggled with the car due to a rear right rocker being locked solid. In the final race Josh grabbed the lead off of the start line and showing great speed until the safety car was released. The field formed up behind the safety car as the rain started to fall with the field still on slicks. The race restarted wit two laps to go and they all tip toed around the wet circuit with Josh showing great maturity to come home in fourth place.
Throughout the year Josh has shown great speed but unfortunately the damage that he incurred at Philip Island through no fault of his own has put a stop to the season. Josh is still focussed on his racing and is training hard. He recently attended an F4 fitness camp and was the fittest driver per kg of body weight out of the group.
Josh is looking at his options for 2018 and would like to do F4 again but only if it can be done with adequate testing and a budget to ensure that he is not sidelined again. To that end he now has a marketing and sponsorship team who are setting their sights on 2018.
Thankyou for your support in 2017 and we look forward to working with you in 2018.