F4 British Championship

Fortec Motorsport confirm James Hedley seat ahead of 2021 British F4 campaign

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Fortec Motorsport have confirmed James Hedley will join their line-up ahead of the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season.

17-year old BRDC Rising Star and 2019 Ginetta Junior champion James Hedley is set to make the switch to Fortec Motorsport from JHR Developments after a strong debut British F4 campaign in 2020, which yielded four wins including a clean sweep of victories at Thruxton on the way to a fifth place championship finish.

Hedley also scored four pole positions and fastest laps, as well as three additional podium finishes at Donington, Oulton Park, Silverstone and Snetterton, and arrives into 2021 as one of the definitive favourites for a title charge in his second season.

And with his continued participatipn on the BTCC support package, Hedley’s races will be screened live and free-to-air on ITV4, and capacity trackside crowds are expected, when the current government restrictions allow after May 17th and as the year progresses, further enabling him to put himself in the spotlight which is crucial for the development and progression of young drivers.

“I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be joining the reigning champions Fortec Motorsport in British F4. After an unlucky season last year, I have some unfinished business this year and I can’t wait to get started at my home track at Thruxton in less than a fortnight.
“We have the budget to start the season and hopefully my results will attract more sponsors along the way. A massive thanks to my loyal sponsor Hendy Group for their continued support.” said Hedley.

Fortec Motorsport’s F4 Team manager Ollie Dutton was quick to share his excitement of gaining Hedley’s services for 2021, paying tribute to his recent track record and looks forward to seeing what the pair can achieve.

“It’s fantastic to be able to unveil James as a Fortec driver ahead of the new British F4 season. His performances last year were very impressive; between that and his Ginetta Junior title the year prior, it’s clear he has a lot of potential.
“Driver development is something we put front and centre in our programmes, so it’ll be great to work with James on taking that next step and try to put a championship bid together. He’s clicked really well with the whole team, and new team-mates Joel and Ollie, during winter testing so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.” said Dutton.

The 2021 season begins at the high-speed Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire on 08-09 May.

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