Young Cumbrian Prodigy Triumphs in Thrilling F1 Season Closer at Austin

At just 18 years old, a rising star from the scenic region of west Cumbria achieved a historic milestone by becoming Britain’s inaugural F1 Academy race-winner. Jessica Edgar’s affinity for racing began early, gaining entry into the esteemed Motorsport UK academy at the tender age of 14.

In a remarkable debut in the F1 Academy this May, the Ennerdale native secured an impressive spot on the podium. However, her performance last weekend surpassed all expectations.

In an interview with the News & Star back in March, Jessica, who happens to be the cousin of Formula 3 driver Jonny Edgar, expressed her anticipation for the race in Austin. This anticipation turned into reality on Saturday, October 21st, when she skillfully maintained a two-second lead in the #11 Rodin Carlin, clinching her maiden victory in the F1 Academy at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

Executing a flawless start, Edgar swiftly seized the inside line from Marta García, while Nerea Martí swiftly moved into second place, determined to chase down the leader.

Reflecting on her victory, Jessica exclaimed, “It feels amazing to win. F1 Academy have given me an amazing opportunity this year and to win in the last round while we are with F1 is an amazing feeling. All the hard work we’ve put in this season has really helped my qualifying and starting P1 mattered a lot this weekend!”

Her triumph secured an eighth-place finish in the overall standings for the inaugural F1 Academy season, amassing a total of 114 points, while the champion, Marta García, dominated with 278.

With a series of exhilarating seven rounds featuring a total of 21 races and nine different victors, the inaugural F1 Academy campaign now draws to a close.

Looking ahead, the 2024 season is set to kick off in Saudi Arabia in March, with all seven rounds in support of Formula 1. Additionally, next year, all ten F1 teams will designate a driver to the series, each adorned with their respective team’s livery on one car.

Following Saturday’s extraordinary victory, Jessica’s season concluded on a perfect note, setting the stage for her to push the boundaries further when the season resumes in March.


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