With just over a week until we finally get the 2020 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost underway, there’s been a driver swap on the grid. It’s been announced today by JHR Development‘s that Danish hopeful Mikkel Grundtvig won’t be competing this season, and that his replacement albeit for a part-season schedule whilst he works around studying, will be experienced tin-top racer, Nathanael Hodgkiss.
The 16-year old from Newport, Wales will partner 2019 Ginetta Junior champion James Hedley and Abbi Pulling in what now becomes one of the most exciting lineups on the grid. Hodgkiss will make his debut at the Donington Park season opener on August 1st/2nd, and will be looking to make a good impression even though he’s had little testing in comparison to rest of the grid.
“It is an incredibly exciting prospect to be part of the F4 British Championship and I cannot wait to get started with JHR Developments, who have been very welcoming and positive.
“I’m glad to be in their hands as this is such a big step up from anything I have done before, and I feel the reception from the team has helped massively in this process. I want to be in the upper part of the grid this year.” said Hodgkiss.
This will be Hodgkiss’ first year racing in single seaters, with the Welsh driver only previously having driven a part-time schedule in Ginetta Junior championship and BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship, in which he claimed two victories and a further three podiums last season.
“I think it is possible with the positive feedback from the tests and the team, and that will be my aspiration for this season. Getting used to slicks and the amount of power the car has, coupled with the prominent downforce aspects of the car has been a steep learning curve, but I feel I’m getting more comfortable with every test, which is an encouraging feeling.
“Overall, I can’t wait to start the season. It is such a prestigious and exciting series in motorsport, the welcome from the team has been incredible, and with juggling schoolwork and racing they have been very accommodating while still maintaining a professional and focused atmosphere.” said Hodgkiss.
JHR Development’s team boss Steven Hunter is excited at the arrival of Hodgkiss, and believes his natural ability and maturity can help him propel himself to great things in 2020.
“We are really happy to welcome Nathanael to the team and work with him across the 2020 season. He is a talented and positive young man who has been working hard to adapt to single seaters both at test days and in our simulator.” said Hunter.
The British F4 season finally gets underway on the 1st August at Donington Park after a 4 month delay due to COVID-19.