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Weston Hills driving prospect 'keeping busy' ahead of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series

Award-winning driver Johnathan Hoggard (19) is ready and waiting for his next chance to shine on the track next month.

The current Aston Martin Autosport BRDC (British Racing Drivers' Club) Young Driver of the Year, of Weston Hills, is "keeping busy and keeping up the routine" ahead of his next challenge.

Hoggard is due to take part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship which starts at Thailand's Chang International Circuit from September 18-20 when he will be driving for the Team StarChase outfit.

Johnathan Hoggard is preparing for his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season opener in Thailand next month.Photo supplied.
Johnathan Hoggard is preparing for his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season opener in Thailand next month.Photo supplied.

The ex-Deepings School student is hoping to show off the skills and speed that saw him come third in the British Formula 4 championship in 2018, followed by a runners-up spot in the BRDC Formula 3 championship last year.

Hoggard said: "It's been a bit tricky because of the coronavirus situation, but I'm still quite fortunate in that, at the minute, I have a drive with Team StarChase.

"There are lots of people who have been signed up for the start of the season, only to have to pull out because the sponsorship isn't there.

"I'm keeping busy and keeping up the routine, doing bits and pieces in the gym and on the simulator because when you get the call for a drive, it's generally at the last minute."

Hoggard's last outing on the track was as a result of a late call-up to drive in the second round of the Formula Renault Eurocup regional F3 event at Imola in Italy on the last weekend in July.

But electrical issues stopped Hoggard from showing the kind of form that impressed the Team StarChase owners when he made his debut for them at the Porsche Spring Challenge Asia event, staged at Malaysia's Sepang F1 International Circuit in February when he managed two second place finishes.

Hoggard said: "I hadn't sat in a car for over four months when I got to Imola, so I was a little bit rusty.

"But it was a really good opportunity and I was in good hands because the R-ace GP team I was driving for had won the Eurocup drivers' and constructors' championships.

"I had time to prepare on the simulator with the other drivers, making sure I was ready for the challenge, and then I had two test days before qualifying started on Saturday, along with the rest of the grid.

"It all went well, but then we had electrical issues which stopped the engine from performing how it should.

"I was on the back foot from the first qualifying round until the race itself, although the mechanics stayed up all night to change the engine on the car.

"Imola was one of those weekends when I wanted to go as well as I could.

"But sometimes things are out of your control and anyone in motor sport will tell you that they've had one or two weekends where it all goes round and there's nothing you can do about it."

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