The CAMS Foundation has confirmed the four young Australian drivers that will become part of the CAMS Foundation Rising Star program in 2017.
Circuit racers Simon Fallon and Cameron Shields have been selected as the programme’s elite drivers, with Zane Morse and Ryan Suhle as the Rising Star’s karting graduates.
CAMS Foundation Chairman, Valentina Stojanovska said “The CAMS Foundation has a great tradition in aiding the pathway for Australia’s next generation of elite motor sport drivers.”
“On behalf of the CAMS Foundation I would like to congratulate Simon, Cameron, Zane and Ryan on becoming a part of the new CAMS Foundation Rising Stars program.”
CAMS Foundation Director Mark Skaife added “We were thrilled at the quality of candidates applying to be part of the next-generation CAMS Foundation Rising Stars platform. We believe that our four selected race drivers are unquestionably talented, and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to working with them to improve them - both in and out of the car.”
The four drivers will receive a $50,000 scholarship loan from the CAMS Foundation to put together a racing programme to compete in the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
“With the CAMS Foundation Rising Star featuring such impressive alumni as Matthew Brabham, Macauley Jones, Scott Pye and James Courtney, we are excited to see how our Rising Stars of 2017 develop into Australia’s next generation of motor racing stars,” Skaife said.
“Importantly, the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship is internationally credentialed as a pathway for young drivers looking to make their mark in Australia in Supercars, or to those aspiring for an international open-wheel career such as past CAMS Foundation recipients Daniel Ricciardo and Will Power.”
Simon Fallon, awarded the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year title in the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, won his first national circuit race on the Gold Coast in October.
Cameron Shields was the youngest National Class Champion in the 2016 Australian Formula 3 Series, alongside being the series’ youngest starter in his first year with the category.
Ryan Suhle won Championships in both 2012 and 2014 at the Ipswich Kart Club and had podium finishes in 2014 at the NT, SA, QLD and Tasmanian State Championships. His career highlight so far as been travelling to Europe to represent Australia in the CIK-FIA World Cup in 2014 in Italy.
Zane Morse’s early karting achievements came as 2011 ACT Rookie Champion, 2012 ACT J-Max Champion, 2013 SA J-Max Champion, 2015 Queensland KF3 Champion and the first junior back-to-back National J-Max Champion in 2014 and 2015.
The first round of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will take place at Sandown Raceway on April 7–9.
2017 CAMS FOUNDATION RISING STAR DRIVER HIGHLIGHTS
• Dual Junior National Heavy and Junior Clubman Australasian Champion
• Tasmanian Clubman Light Champion
• Victorian Junior Clubman Champion
• Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year Winner in the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship
• 73 kart podium appearances, including 43 victories
• Ipswich Kart Champion
• Three-time Toowoomba Kart Champion
• 2014 Queensland Formula Ford race winner
• 2016 Australian Formula 3 National Class Series Champion
• 2011 ACT Rookie Champion
• 2012 ACT J-Max Champion
• 2013 SA J-Max Champion
• 2014 National J-Max Champion
• 2014 KF3 Race of Stars Champion
• 2015 Queensland KF3 Champion
• 2015 National J-Max Champion
• 84 kart podiums, 45 wins
• IKC Champion 2012
• IKC Champion 2014
• 2nd NT State Championship 2014
• 3rd SA State Championship 2014
• 3rd Tasmanian State Championship 2014
• 3rd CIK Stars of Karting 2013
• 4th QLD State Championship 2013
• 2014 & 2014 - JC Karts & Holden Kart Team
• 2015 World Championships LaConca, Italy
• 2016 – Australian Formula Ford Series