FR Americas: Callum Hedge and Cooper Becklin dominate their rivals in Virginia
The penultimate round of the FR Americas Championship was held on 5–8 October at the Virginia International Raceway And the Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport team had a cracking weekend. Two of its drivers shared victories at the meeting, Callum Hedge in the #17 Ligier JS F3 (races 1 and 2) and Cooper Becklin in the #19 (race 3).
• Friday 6th October: Ryan Shehan in the #66 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3 finished first in free practice with a lap in 1:45.274s.
• In the early afternoon, Hedge at the wheel of the #17 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport entry clinched pole position for Race 1 with a time of 1m 45.986s.
• Hedge, the championship leader, and Shehan were locked in a no-holds-barred duel during the race. #17 spun and #66 grabbed the lead. But a few laps later, the latter went off in turn. Hedge regained first place and clinched his tenth victory of the season.
“I was going to go for fastest lap that lap, but I went a couple meters too deep, got halfway through the corner and realised I was facing backwards,” Hedge explained on the podium.
For the Race 1 article, CLICK HERE .
• Hedge put on a flawless performance in race 2 and climbed onto the topmost step of the podium for the eleventh time this season!
“The car felt really good from lap one. I finally made a good start—which was nice—and I never really looked back.”
For the article on Race 2, CLICK HERE.
• The last race of the weekend on Sunday 8th October was an eventful one. While Hedge in #17 was in the lead he was involved in an accident. The damage incurred by his car forced him to retire. Qualified fourth, Becklin in the #19 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3 moved up the time sheets. He took the lead after Hedge's off and went on to score his maiden victory after 13 podiums this season.
“This feels amazing,” said Becklin after climbing from the car. “We worked all season. We've been fast enough almost every weekend, and it's finally worked out in our favor.”
For the Race 3 article, CLICK HERE.
The grand finale of the championship will take place on the Circuit of the Americas on 2 - 5 November.
For more information about the Ligier JS F3, CLICK HERE.