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Johnathan Hoggard will be racing in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship at the Sochi Autodrom in Russia

Young British racing driver Johnathan Hoggard is set to tackle the final three races in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship when the series travels to Sochi Autodrom in Russia this weekend.

Originally, the season was due to close at Circuit of the Americas in Texas at the end of October, but logistical challenges have meant a change in venue as well as a four-week reduction in the time between contests.

Johnathan, who competes in a Travel Planet-backed Jenzer Motorsport machine has been performing well in recent rounds, finishing sixth at Spa-Francorchamps, though some bad luck cost him a chance of further point-scoring finishes both in Belgium and at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

Jonathan Hoggard of Jenzer Motorsport. Photo: Diederik van der Laan/Dutch Photo Agency
Jonathan Hoggard of Jenzer Motorsport. Photo: Diederik van der Laan/Dutch Photo Agency

Regardless, the 20-year-old from Weston Hills, who is a member of both the BRDC SuperStars programme and part of Motorsport UK’s Team UK, has not competed at Sochi previously, but with most of the field in the same position he has his eyes on a strong finish to the season in Russia.

The former Deepings School pupil said: “It was a shame to see the event at Circuit of the Americas taken off the calendar, but I am very excited to go to Russia and race at Sochi Autodrom for the first time.

“I know that the teams have been here before but for most of the drivers it will be a new track so it should help level out the field and produce some exciting action.

“To be racing again so soon is a positive and I am aiming to have some strong results to see the championship out on a good note.

“This season’s racing has gone so fast since I came into FIA Formula 3 in June, but it has been a great experience.

“I have learned things every step of the way, so I am looking to build on the previous races and put it into action for the season finale at Sochi.”

Hoggard will head out for his first and only practice session on Friday with qualifying a few hours later.

There will be two 20-lap contests the following day, with the final race of the season set for Sunday.

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