James Hedley: “We need to keep the momentum going”

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!”