FOR­MULA JEDI CHAM­PION HIN­GE­LEY GETS BRDC F4 SEAT

Highly rated racer joins HHC team

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, LAT

Reign­ing For­mula Jedi cham­pion Ben Hin­ge­ley has joined lead­ing squad HHC Mo­tor­sport for this year’s BRDC For­mula 4 Cham­pi­onship.

The 18-year-old com­pletes HHC’S three-car line-up for this year’s re­vamped cham­pi­onship, join­ing Sisa Nge­bu­lana and Omar Is­mail at the squad. HHC ran Will Palmer to last year’s BRDC F4 crown.

Hin­ge­ley, from Abergele in North Wales, has a strong kart­ing his­tory prior to his move to cars last sea­son. He won the 2011 Welsh Mini Max crown be­fore fin­ish­ing se­cond in Su­per One’s Ju­nior Ro­tax divi­sion in 2013 and win­ning the Bri­tish Ro­tax Bri­tish Open ti­tle. Those per­for­mances earned him an as­sess­ment with the Fer­rari F1 team’s Young Driver Academy train­ing pro­gramme.

Hin­ge­ley, who is also a mem­ber of the Ar­den Young Rac­ing Driver Academy, won last year’s For­mula Jedi crown, scor­ing eight race wins and tak­ing three lap records.

“I am thrilled to be com­pet­ing in BRDC F4 with HHC,” said Hin­ge­ley. “I’ve had the chance to do some lim­ited test­ing and I’ve found the car awe­some. HHC is a fan­tas­tic team with their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence so I hope to be up to speed very quickly.

“This is a new step for me and a new chal­lenge, so with the ex­tra down­force and power it will take some get­ting used to. It has taken quite some time to put this all to­gether and I’m look­ing for­ward to giv­ing it my all this sea­son.”

Char­lie Kemp, HHC team boss, added: “Ben is a tal­ented young racer and we are pleased that he has com­mit­ted to BRDC F4 with us. We are look­ing for­ward to de­vel­op­ing his tal­ent through­out 2016.”

Hin­ge­ley lifted Jedi ti­tle

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