New Zealand Formula Ford champion and sportscar star Callum Hedge will make a surprise debut in Formula Regional European Championship with the G4 Racing team.
The 17-year-old will race in the Monza season finale next weekend with Michael Belov and Axel Gnos as team-mates, and it marks his first single-seater racing start in two years.
Hedge is currently part of Earl Bamber’s young talent-focused Porsche team, and sits third in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup-based Porsche Sprint Challenge Australia standings. He’s also been testing in Toyota Racing Series machinery.
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“I am incredibly excited and thankful to have the opportunity to race in Formula Regional European Championship in the final round at Monza with G4 Racing,” said Hedge.
“It is going to be a great challenge for me, having never raced or traveled any further than Australia. I’m really looking forward to getting over there and having a go at it.”
Before debuting in sportscars in late 2018 via New Zealand’s Toyota 86 championship, which he won, Hedge was a national champion in karting and then raced in FF1600. He won the 2017-18 NZ FFord title, and won in Australia’s national and New South Wales championship two years later.
G4 Racing’s sporting and technical manager Adrian Munoz said of his new signing: “Callum is a really interesting talent coming from New Zealand. Making his debut at Monza in the last race of the championship will be a big challenge, but I am sure he will surprise many people even if the track and tires will be new to him.”