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Hedge clinches American open-wheel title

CALLUM Hedge has secured another key opportunity for his future after sealing the 2023 Formula Regional Americas Championship.

Hedge put the result beyond doubt with victory in Race 1 of the season finale on the weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

He finished second in Race 2 before chalking up his 13th victory of the year in Race 3, helping him ultimately end up 95 points clear of runner-up Ryan Shehan.

“It’s really cool to finally wrap (the championship) up after a really long season,” said Hedge.

“Ryan put up a real good fight. He’s a class driver; I’ve really enjoyed being teammates and racing him this year.

“It’s just really a big credit for the people who made it happen for me – Mark Pilcher and Steve Horne – without them looking and finding this series, I wouldn’t be able to go on and do the cool things that I’m going be able to do next year.

“So, it’s a big credit to them and the people who came onboard and supported it – Tony Quinn Foundation, Giltrap Group and Tasman Motorsport Group.”

The Formula Regional Americas Championship prize is Honda backing towards a Super Formula seat. That is the Japanese open-wheel series in which Hedge’s compatriot Liam Lawson was the 2023 runner-up between making his first five Formula 1 grands prix starts.

Callum Hedge. Pic: Formula Regional Americas Championship

Hedge does have other options at his disposal though, having been nominated for the global Porsche Junior Shootout. If he wins that, a scholarship seat in the 2024 Porsche Supercup awaits.

The 19-year-old also recently completed an Indy NXT test.

He still has a championship to fight for too, entering the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia decider later this month in Adelaide trailing Jackson Walls by 21 points.

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