Zane Goddard has confirmed that he will add an S5000 campaign to his part-time Supercars Championship drive this year.
The 20 year-old Gold Coast resident will drive for Team BRM in the Australian S5000 Championship – the first full season of the all-new, all-Aussie open wheel racing class.
It is also a return for Goddard to Team BRM. After he completed his karting apprenticeship, Goddard’s first car racing effort was with the South Australian team in Formula 4 in 2015.
This helped springboard his overseas open wheel ambitions, driving in the British Formula 4 title in 2016 before a full season in Formula Renault Eurocup.
He returned to Australian shores in 2018, driving for Brad Jones Racing in Super2 before switching to Matt White Motorsport last year, finishing fourth in the series.
This year, Goddard will contest the Supercars Championship in a unique way, sharing half of the sprint rounds with Jake Kostecki before teaming up in the endurance races.
Goddard recently completed a private test with Team BRM in the S5000 car at The Bend, which was enough to convince him to compete in the new wings and slicks series.
Before the opening round of the championship at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, he will get another chance to test at The Bend in late February during the official pre-season S5000 test on February 28.
“I’m really looking forward to it. To be back with Team BRM is like a bit of de jevu, but I can’t wait to get into it,” said Zane Goddard.
“The first session in the car at The Bend was an eye opener. I’ve experienced a lot of open wheeler, but it’s a completely different beast – the grunt and attitude it has is very impressive. It took a session to get to grips with it, but my first reaction was “wow, it’s got some go.”
“I think the racing is going to be hectic. Watching the two events last year, the racing was was really cool. They looked like they are able to get close enough to have a race. It’s obviously a little different to a tin top where you can’t lean on people, but the wheel to wheel stuff will be great.
“The first round at Albert Park is going to be awesome. The nature of the track will suit these cars. It will be my first-ever race there, and I’ve watched Formula 1 there since it went to Melbourne, so it will be a big career moment for me.
“Team BRM is the team I started in cars with. It’s nice to do a complete 360 and come back to where it all started for me.
“I’m going to do as many rounds as we can. Sponsorship will determine how deep we go into the championship. It is certainly going to be busy year with my Supercars deal as well, but my intention is to do as many rounds as possible – hopefully all of them. I can see how this category is really going to help my Supercars drive.”
Owner, Team BRM
“Zane ran with us in 2015, and that was his first year in car racing, and to have him back after what he has done in Europe and Supercars is awesome,” said Mark Rundle.
“I think he is going to be extremely competitive. There’s no reason why he can’t be winning races right form the word go.
“He is a very talented kid – there’s no questioning that. And because he has a strong single seat background, plus the Supercars experience, it is going to stand him in really good stead.
“He was very quick in the test. Very impressive. I see no reason why he will not be an instant front runner.”