Weston Hills GT racer Johnathan Hoggard makes positive start to Absolute Racing career in Malaysia
Weston Hills motor racing star in the making Johnathan Hoggard is casting a ‘more realistic eye’ over his future after a promising performance at the weekend.
The 19-year-old award-winning prospect made his debut for the Team StarChase operation at the first-ever Porsche Sprint Challenge Asia event in Malaysia.
Hoggard – who collected the prestigious Aston Martin Autosport BRDC (British Racing Drivers’ Club) Young Driver of the Year Award in December – claimed back-to-back second places in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at the Sepang International Circuit, which is the home of Formula One’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
“It was really good for what was my first time being there and the first time driving the car,” Hoggard said.
“I had a really great experience and I really enjoyed it, although the only problem was the heat.
“Driving in temperatures of 33 degrees celsius outside meant it was 55 degrees celsius in a car with no air conditioning.
“With me wearing driver’s gear and a helmet as well, it was very, very hot and hard work, but good fun as well.”
Hoggard’s impressive drives in Malaysia came on the back of a strong showing for the Precision Performance Motorsports team at the Rolex 24 endurance race in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, last month.
But the opportunities for Hoggard to show his driving ability opened up for him even before he was named the most promising young driver in junior motorsport at the end of 2019.
Finishing runner-up in last vear’s BRDC British Formula 3 Championship – with seven victories, seven pole positions and eight fastest laps – underlined the ex-Deepings School student’s talent after he finished third in the British Formula 4 championship in 2018.
Hoggard said: “Team StarChase contacted me after the British Formula 3 season last year.
“They were then really impressed when I was announced as the winner of the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year,” he added.
“I’ve been figuring out my plans for this year and signing up with Team StarChase means I can take part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series.
“It’s contested by different motor dcalerships in Asia and Team Starchase were kind enough to sponsor me, allowing me to race in a Porsche, which is one of the hardest GT (grand tourer) cars to drive.
“If you tell a friend who isn’t involved in motor sport that you’re driving a Porsche, they’ll get very excited.
“But as drivers, we’re so fixated with lap times that we don’t really think about the make of car we’re driving.
“I’m looking at my career with a more realistic eye now because I know there are a lot of opportunities for me to get involved with Porsche through Team StarChase.”