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Monger confirmed for third year with JHR

JHR’s Billy Monger has signed up for a second season in the British Formula 4 championship. The seventeen year old took three podiums last season and a pole position, but is still looking for his maiden win.

Monger, who started his car racing career in the Ginetta Junior championship moved to the Formula 4 series at the start of 2016. The Surrey based teenager quickly got to grips with the Ford powered car, taking a double podium at Thruxton in only the third round of the championship.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Billy on-board again for another year,” said team principal Steven Hunter. “We knew he had immense potential from his stint with us in Ginetta Juniors, and he confirmed that time and again over the course of what was an exceptionally encouraging rookie campaign in British F4.

“It’s great news that we’ve been able to reach an agreement so soon after the end of the season, which means we can really crack on with our preparations for 2017 and lay the foundations for a concerted title bid.”

JHR are planning big things for the 2017 season. Monger is the first of four drivers the team plan to announce, as they’re looking to expand to four cars for their campaign next season.

Monger described his decision to stay with JHR as a “no-brainer”, given the relationship he’s built up with the team.

“They’re a great bunch of guys and I feel very much at home inside the team, and that kind of environment really inspires confidence,” said Monger. “I learned so much in 2016 as I got to grips with single seaters, and I think my driving style is naturally quite well suited to the discipline, which helped to speed things up a bit.

“We proved as the season advanced how much progress we have made and there’s plenty of potential to build upon, so now we need to carry that momentum into the winter, and really knuckle down to ensure we come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders next March.”

Monger is targeting race wins this season. The seventeen year old was unlucky not to take his maiden win at Rockingham this year, when a mechanical problem slowed him down on the final lap of the race.

Next season begins at the start of April at Brands Hatch

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