James Hedley expects lots of opportunities to open up after winning the 2019 Ginetta Junior championship.
Hedley took the title with his seventh win of the season in the opening race at Brands Hatch. He ended the year 89 points ahead of Zak O’Sullivan, giving Elite Motorsport it’s third consecutive drivers’ title.
The 16-year-old has already started to consider his 2020 programme, and hopes that his championship success will open doors.
“Winning the championship means everything,” he told Ginetta Junior Update. “It’s already opened some doors and I’m sure some doors are going to be opened.
“It’s just going to give me loads of opportunities.”
Hedley’s predecessor, Adam Smalley, continued down the GT route, competing in the GT5 Challenge championship this season and finishing second overall. But Hedley is looking at different options.
“I’ll probably go more the single seater route,” he said. “Maybe Formula 4, something like that.
“I’ll test over the winter and see what happens.”
Having won the title during the first of three races at Brands Hatch, Hedley was considering sitting out the final two races of the season. With the worst two scores of the season dropped, it would have boosted Hedley’s overall points total. The two DNSs would have been counted as his dropped scores, rather than the retirement (with fastest lap) and 17th (with pole) that resulted in six points being lost.
Hedley chose to compete in the final two races, finishing fifth in both and taking the fastest lap from race three.
“The last one [on Saturday] we chose to race just to get the team championship, so I was just being safe,” he explained. “As long as we beat the Richardson [Racing] cars that was all that mattered to secure the teams’ championship. We raced for Elite.
“And [on Sunday] we just raced for a bit of fun, to end our last race.”
Hedley – as well as team-mates James Taylor and Suleiman Zanfari – achieved the goal, with Elite taking the teams’ title 66 points ahead of Richardson Racing.
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