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Hughes and Hyman accept laurels for US F4 titles, FR Americas


With the 2022 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 US) season officially over, Lochie Hughes was crowned the Drivers’ Champion with Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport winning the Teams Championship at the annual US F4 Reception Awards. Bryson Morris won the Catherine Crawford Most Improved Driver Award.

“It’s been amazing,” Hughes said of his season. “Winning a championship is what you dream of. We couldn’t have won with better style than winning the last two races, and that’s thanks to the team. When I came [to America] this season, I didn’t know anyone. The team welcomed me like family, and for us to win this championship, I can’t thank them enough. It was a great year.

“It was a pleasure working with Lochie,” said Jay Howard, owner of Jay Howard Driver Development. “I couldn’t ask for more. He was all in. His parents are not there; he lives alone. He is dedicated and it shows every time he goes on the right track. I really appreciate all the hard work from the whole team this year; it was really a team effort. Lochie is a well-deserved champion.

Moving from his native Australia to America, Hughes was tagged by Jay Howard Driver Development to compete in the 2022 F4 US season. After being out of the car for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hughes was announced as one of the JHDD drivers just days before the start of the 2022 season. In his first racing season in America, Hughes led the American F4 field with six wins on Hankook tires and tied championship rival Bryson Morris for the most podiums of the year with 10 podiums.

As the 2022 Drivers’ Champion, Hughes earned a scholarship to compete in the 2023 FR Americas season. Worth $215,000, the prize includes an engine rental from Honda Performance Development, a chassis rental from Ligier Automotive, tires from Hankook Motorsports for all official sessions, an entry fee and a marketing package of Parella Motorsports Holdings, as well as $25,000 from HPD. Other prizes include a Bell Athlete Contract, Bell Carbon Helmet, Custom OMP Racing Suit, Bespoke Omologato Watch, Haas F1 Team Miami Grand Prix Guest Experience and Award Ceremony Invitation FIA prizes at the end of the season. . Additionally, the Aussie earned 12 FIA Super License points to help him on his F1 road journey.

Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport has won its fourth team championship this season. Averaging 5.5 American F4 entries per race and with two drivers in contention for the championship until the final event, it was no surprise to see the Dallas-based organization claim team honors. The victory, however, did not come without difficulties. In fact, the team had to fight after being ranked second halfway through the season to claim the title with their driver line-up. Throughout 2022, Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport drivers have won five wins, seven second places and six third places, for a total of 18 podium finishes. The award was accepted by team co-owners Garry Orton, Teena Larsen and Gill Kaszuba.

“It was probably the toughest win in years that we’ve been doing this,” Orton said at the banquet. “It went until the last race, which is actually pretty darn good. It could have easily gone either way, so I’m proud of the team. Just a fantastic result.

“We have such deserving champions this season,” said F4 US Race Director Scott Goodyear. “The battle our US F4 competitors fought all season was nothing short of impressive. We had some outstanding side-by-side racing, clean overtaking and a close championship battle. I’m sure Lochie [Hughes] will be a great representative of the talent that F4 US is developing, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

Bryson Morris received the Catherine Crawford Most Improved Driver Award. Selected by Ligier Automotive North America, Morris received not only a trophy, but also a $5,000 credit from Ligier.

“It was definitely unexpected, but I’m happy to receive the Most Improved Driver award,” Morris said at the end of the evening. “Thanks to Ligier for having selected me. It was a good season; we were second at the end so I’m glad to have been recognized and given all the help available.

F4 US will kick off its 2023 season March 9-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. For more information, visit F4USChampionship.com.

As the 2022 season of the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas) is officially announced, Raoul Hyman was crowned champion on Friday night at the FR Americas’ Championship Awards year-end reception. TJ Speed ​​Motorsports won their second consecutive Tag Team Championship.

“It’s been a great year,” Hyman said. “TJ Speed ​​Motorsports has been with me from the start. I’m grateful that we were able to sign with them and have this opportunity in the first place. It’s been two and a half years since I had a car; I’m not didn’t even go to a track. Having the opportunity to come and race – knowing that the purse was at the end of the championship if I could do the job – was such a privilege. I’m grateful to be part of the championship and to come away with the scholarship as well.

Hyman joined the 2022 FR Americas Championship after thinking his racing career might be over. Selected for the PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship Program, Hyman, 26, joined TJ Speed ​​Motorsports to drive the No. 27 Bethesda Holdings Limited/Solomon Capital Enterprises/Oaklands/Kinross Ligier JS F3 in what has been a storybook season. Drawing on his experience from the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, FIA F3 Championship, GP3 Series, Euroformula Open Championship, Toyota Racing Series and as the 2018 FIA F3 Asia Champion, the Englishman was able to pick up where he left off after hanging up. his helmet nearly two and a half years ago. During the 18-race season, Hyman rode his Hankook tires to 16 podium finishes, including 11 wins.

In the battle for the teams championship, TJ Speed ​​Motorsports had an impressive season with drivers Hyman, Jason Alder (#77 Drive for Diabetes Awareness / HAKUN Ligier JS F3) and Nick Persing (#29 OPI Commercial Constructors Ligier JS F3). With their first podium in the final race of the weekend at Road America, it was clear the group had something special, and then they reinforced it the next time the lights went out at Mid-Ohio Sports Car. Race. In 18 rounds this season, TJ Speed ​​Motorsports has earned 14 wins, nine second-place finishes and four third-place finishes.

“One of the highlights of the year was being part of the TJ Speed ​​team,” added Hyman. “Everyone gets along really well; it’s like an extended family. We worked extremely well together. The engineers were brilliant and so were all the guys on the team – every single one of them works hard. You can see it every day; everyone is getting started and they are ready to give the best of themselves. No one slacks off, they don’t take days off; it’s 100% all the time. You can see what it does in the results. There have been a few weekends where TJ Speed ​​has won every race and the pole positions. They were a cut above, I think. It’s almost sad to be at the end of the championship, we got along so well. I’m grateful to have had time here and to be able to come away with wins is also an added bonus. It was amazing.

As the 2022 Drivers’ Champion, Hyman earned a 2023 Super Formula scholarship from Honda Performance Development and Honda Motor Co. Motorsports Division. Worth up to $600,000, the scholarship covers a substantial portion of the cost of a full season, as well as providing an engine to run with a Honda-powered team selected by HM-MS. As a Honda and HPD brand ambassador, Hyman will have the opportunity to participate in Honda-sponsored events such as tours of the Honda Museum in Motegi, Aoyama Headquarters and Honda Appreciation Day. Additional prizes include a Bell Athlete Contract, Bell Carbon Helmet, Custom OMP Race Suit, Bespoke Omologato Watch, Haas F1 Team Guest Experience at the Miami Grand Prix and Invitation to the Grand Prix Ceremony. FIA prize-giving at the end of the season. . Last but not least, Hyman will receive 18 FIA Super License points – the highest of any North American development series.

“It has been a pleasure to have Raoul in our paddock this season,” said Scott Goodyear, Race Director for FR Americas. “His level of dedication, preparation and focus on and off the track has been the reason for his success. He understands how hard a racing driver has to work both on and off the track to be successful in this profession. I know that this level of dedication will bring him success in the 2023 Super Formula Championship.”

The 2023 FR Americas season kicks off March 9-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. For more information, visit FRAmericas.com.