Alex Sedgwick feels his performances in the Ginetta Junior Championship this season have proved he was a worthy recipient of the Scholarship prize for this year’s championship, and he is now ready to challenge for podiums and race wins next season.
Sedgwick joined the BTCC support championship this year as the latest driver to win the Ginetta Junior Scholarship competition, following in the footsteps of Jamie Chadwick, Sennan Fielding and Oliver Basey-Fisher.
That success comes with natural pressure for the winner heading into the season and Sedgwick, who took five top six finishes with a best result of fourth, feels he’s justified his selection this year.
“I think with the results I’ve had, with so little time in the car, I’ve shown myself well,” Sedgwick told TCF.
“It’s been a good year all in all, I’ve been a lot higher up than I thought I would be at the start of the year and I’m happy with the results I’ve got.”
Battling into the top ten for the first time at Donington Park in April, Sedgwick’s breakthrough result for the season came with fifth overall and the Rookie Cup win in Round Eight at Oulton Park.
From there, Sedgwick’s Carlube and MIS Motorsport-backed Ginetta G40J was a regular sight towards the front of the grid, taking a top six finish on each of the next three weekends, including his seasons-best fourth at Knockhill.
While trips to Rockingham and Silverstone didn’t produce the results Sedgwick has hoped for, the JHR Developments racer ended his season on a high with fifth in the penultimate race of the season at Brands Hatch GP.
“At the start of the season we didn’t have much testing so we were a bit off where I wanted to be, but around Oulton Park and Croft we got going and got some good results,” Sedgwick reflected.
“From Snetterton onwards we’d only tested at Silverstone on the Media Day, so I had to learn the circuits quickly.
“I still managed to get some decent results out of it, plus at a few tracks we did really well in practice and qualifying, like Silverstone and Knockhill, but just didn’t get the results to show it in the races.”
While pleased with his performances, Sedgwick admits there is some slight frustration not to have got an overall podium finish: “It’s definitely frustrating not to have got one. I’ve had a few chances, but it’s just not come yet.”
Now Sedgwick, who was quick to thank Ginetta for the opportunity, is ready to build on everything he learnt in his rookie year and become a regular front-runner in the category in 2015.
“Ginetta have been really good,” he enthused. “They’ve given me an amazing opportunity and let me get on and make the most of it.
“I hope everything I’ve learnt this year can build up to next year, and I hope I can come back and be a front-runner.
“I think I’ve got the pace and everything, I just need to put it all together in qualifying and the races to challenge for wins and podiums.”