Jem Hepworth wins Britcar title!

November 4, 2020

Britcar

It was a big weekend for the #YRDArmy as Jem Hepworth crowned herself the Britcar Endurance champion with VR Motorsport in her first full season of car racing. Having had experiences to race in some car events last year this would be Jem’s first full season and she would jump straight in the deep end piloting a Praga R1T. But Jem and teammate, Danny Harrison, would be threats from the off and eventually went on to claim the title by just five points.

After injuries for Jem, she would sadly have to start her season from the side-lines but at round two she made an immediate impact taking a double win at Brands Hatch Indy. Round three would see mechanical issues forcing the team to retire which put them on the back foot, but they would bounce back with a win at Silverstone before further dramas in race two.

The two DNF results meant Jem and Danny were now chasing at the Snetterton finale putting a lot of pressure on Jem in her first season in the championship. But it’s pressure that Jem thrives on and she duly accepted the challenge for what looked set to be a grandstand finish.

Jem’s opposition would be the fellow VR Motorsport car along with SB Race Engineering. Putting the car on the front row was a solid start to the day and now two races lay ahead to sort out the 2020 champion.

In racing terms there would be two hours split into two races and Jem and Danny really needed to get off to a winning start to put the pressure back on the opposition. As they have done on a couple of occasions not only did Jem win, but she did so convincingly going on to win by an astonishing 30 seconds!

With championship rivals 3rd and 4th it put Jem in a great position championship wise. However, with things so close in the points no mistakes could be afforded in the final race of the season.

It was a tough race for Jem and Danny who were put under a lot of pressure over the duration of the race and were forced to fight back on a few occasions. But they did everything required to score the points and would come home in a comfortable 2nd place to crown themselves the Britcar Endurance champions!

A brilliant result for Jem who becomes the first female champion in the series and to do it in her first season made it even more impressive! Given the circumstances the result has also seen Jem, Danny and the VR Motorsport team and widely recognised from the Motorsport community.

Jem Hepworth: “I was so fortunate to be able to take part in a series that actually went ahead this year. To become 2020 Britcar Champions is a dream come true. Danny and I had our fair share of ups and downs this season but it all paid off in the end. Thank you to Steve at YRDA for a time spent coaching me in the simulator. This undoubtedly paid a large part in my success. Thanks also to Motorsport Woman who without it wouldn’t have happened and also my incredible sponsors Time Piece and Fox Transport.”

Jem will now turn her attention to the 2021 season and after her success this season she will no doubt be a hot prospect for many as she looks to move further up the Motorsport ladder.