James Hedley says he needs to “keep the momentum going” after the JHR Developments racer returned to the podium in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Oulton Park.
Hedley’s first season in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series started on a high note with a maiden victory at Donington Park, but mechanical woes at Brands GP a week later put the brakes on his title bid.
The Hendy Performance-backed racer responded in Cheshire last time out, claiming pole position and a second podium finish of the campaign, as well as two solid fourth-place finishes, to propel himself back up the championship standings.
Hedley now finds himself involved in a tense four-way battle for positions third through sixth in the standings alongside Arden’s Alex Connor, Argenti’s Casper Stevenson and Fortec’s Roberto Faria.
Though he currently sits lowest of the four, a mere six points would move Hedley into the bronze medal position, giving him every incentive heading to the ultra-challenging Knockhill in Fife this weekend [29-30 August].
“It was a good weekend and putting it on pole was a good confidence booster and told us we were quick,” reflected Hedley on Oulton Park.
“Race one was dry, but I didn’t make a great start so finished fourth, which wasn’t the result we wanted. One silly mistake cost us dearly, but it was a good haul of points.
“Race two was wet and again I didn’t start well and lost positions but managed to make my way back up to fourth. We had a wet test day here, but it was a long time ago now. We’ve had limited running in those conditions, but I am usually good in the wet, so it was a learning experience.
“I got a decent start for race three and got fastest lap but couldn’t quite get the win. It was a tough race and we wanted to bounce back this weekend, and I think we’ve done that, and we need to keep the momentum going. I can’t wait for Knockhill, because I love it there!”