Jem Hepworth’s delayed debut worth the wait!

August 5, 2020

Britcar

Jem Hepworth had to wait a lot longer than she expected to make her debut in the Britcar championship. Along with the COVID-19 pandemic Jem picked up and an unexpected knee injury which would rule her out of racing at the season opener in July. But after weeks of rehabilitation Jem would safely return at round two, alongside teammate Danny Harrison, and did so in style taking wins in both races!

After her performances at events like the Citroen C1 24 Hour last year, with help from Motorsport Woman Jem landed her a seat to have her first full season in car racing. Jem would race the Praga R1T with VR Motorsport in the Britcar Championship, which is a hugely popular series for drivers looking to take their debut seasons in car racing.

Despite that Jem and Danny are one of the youngest pairings the championship has ever seen, but their raw talent made them the ones to watch coming into the season. Although COVID-19 would delay the first round no one expected Jem would have to sit out the opening round due to injury and it was a huge blow for Jem who had to sit on the side-lines at Croft.

However, Jem did not let her head drop and arrived at Brand Hatch fresh from some time in our sim and ready to race! With help from Danny, she was quickly up to speed and helped get the team pole position in qualifying to get the weekend off to a perfect start.

On her debut in the championship, Jem would be handed the car to start from pole position. There was no doubt the nerves were high, but she showed no such signs and would hold off any threats at the start and open up a gap of six seconds before handing over to Danny. Having shown his ability at Croft, Danny got in and built on that gap to take a comfortable win for the pair in their first race as teammates.

Jem would once again start in an extended race two, which would prove to be a much more eventful race. Running in 2nd early doors that race would take a turn when an unavoidable incident would bring out the red flags. Fortunately there was no damage to Jem or the car, who were brought back to take the restart from the pitlane.

Jem was now faced with the ultimate test of coming through the field and she wasted no time in getting the job started, picking off places straight away. On the Indy layout, the circuit was busy making Jem’s task even tougher with very limited overtaking opportunities. But Jem’s Karting experience would come into play and she made the most of her stint to climb up the field before handing over to Danny.

When Danny took the seat he was four laps behind the race leader and put in a sensational performance to catch the leader and take the race win! The result puts the pair in the lead of the championship as we approach the halfway point of the season.

Although missing round one for Jem was a huge shame, in some ways it has shone a light on her raw talent even more. She has handled the situation incredibly well and came in prepared and determined and leaves a double race winner and championship leader. After celebrations on Sunday, Jem will now get straight back to work to prepare for round three of the series in five weeks at Oulton Park.