Champions, marshals and officials are honoured at the British Automobile Racing Club’s annual Championship Awards Evening, which this year took place at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire on Saturday (8th February).
Three 2019 Ginetta champions were present to collect their championship trophies from Ginetta motorsports manager Ashley Gallagher – Hedley, Junior Winter Series winner James Taylor and GT4 SuperCup victor Harry King.
There was further success to come for Hedley though as he was awarded the Peter Collins Memorial Trophy, a prestigious accolade that recognises the most promising newcomer competing in a BARC championship. He is the first Junior champion to receive the award since Jack Mitchell in 2014.
James Hedley: “I was quite shocked when Alan Hyde read out my name. I didn’t know too much about the award, but now that I’ve been able to look through all of the names on the trophy and all of the previous winners, I’m truly honoured.
“I’ve been up against some really tough, naturally talented drivers so it is nice to see that people are recognising all of the hard work that is being put together. This whole evening has been fantastic and again this award will be one I’ll treasure for a long time.”
Ian Watson, BARC General Manager: “The Peter Collins Trophy has always been about honouring the most promising newcomer competing in a BARC championship and James proved to be just that in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship last year.
“Winning the title in the fashion he did, especially with how competitive the series is, underlined that he has a bright future ahead of him and we felt he was worthy recipient of this award. We’re excited to see where his career goes next.”