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14 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – After a weekend full of highs and lows for JHR Developments driver Billy Monger at Rockingham, he now plans to take his newfound confidence into the upcoming meeting at Silverstone in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.
Having led from pole, Monger controlled the final race of the Rockingham meeting in style; fending off championship leader Max Fewtrell and JHR team-mate Sennan Fielding until a technical problem cost Monger certain victory on the last lap, dropping him to third place.
“Following what happened at the last race at Rockingham initially I was devastated. I should have been happy with a podium finish, but I really wanted that win,” explained Monger.
“I worked so hard for it and was challenged by some very quick drivers. It was a tough blow to take at first, but looking back now I can only see positives from the entire experience. I cannot wait to be back behind the wheel.”
Monger has achieved multiple podiums in his maiden season in the fiercely contested F4 British Championship and is undoubtedly one to watch going into the Silverstone weekend.
Said Monger: “I am really looking forward to the challenge a demanding track like Silverstone will bring and feel like I have done enough so far this season to earn enough respect from my competitors to expect tough but clean racing this weekend. I am ready to go out and grab my maiden win in British F4!
“I have been working hard with all my sponsors Baylis and Harding, Metro Deconstruction and Reigate Environmental. I want to thank them for their support because without them I would not be able to finish the season.”
Monger has also recently become a Barnardo’s children’s charity ambassador in association with Nick Armstrong.
Commented Monger: “We have a lot of the Barnardo’s kids coming to Silverstone. I can’t wait to share my race weekend with the kids and hopefully do them proud. It will be a tough weekend and I’m sure all the drivers will want to up their game at the home of the British Grand Prix.”
In the three week break between Rockingham and Silverstone, Monger has worked with Lewis Hall’s kart team Virtus Motorsport; coaching the team’s drivers at Super One and club level in the Honda Cadet class in which Monger was British Champion.
“I really enjoy coaching the Virtus kids. It’s very rewarding watching their lap times come down,” said Monger.
“It’s a great way to promote both myself and the F4 British Championship, as well as help young aspiring racers out there. It lets me give back to the sport which has given me so much in my short career so far.
“It’s certainly going to be an entertaining weekend at Silverstone. The championship is close and so is the racing! Let the fun begin…”
The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford action gets underway with official testing on Friday 16 September, followed by qualifying and Round 25 of the championship at 1030 and 1510 respectively on Saturday. The weekend reaches its climax on Sunday with another race at 0940 and the Silverstone finale at 1515 televised live on ITV4. Fans will also get the chance to meet Billy Monger and the rest of the British F4 cohort during the Driver Autograph Session at 1300 on Sunday.