16 / 18 April
JHR Developments has confirmed that 2021 British F4 champion Matthew Rees will remain with the team for the upcoming season, as he steps up to the GB3 Championship partnered by the BRDC.
The 16-year-old Welsh racer joined the multiple title-winning outfit last year and demonstrated why he is one of the UK’s top motorsport talents by claiming a superb double of the Driver’s and Rookie titles, while JHR Developments took the Team’s honours.
Matthew took pole position for the first five races in 2021, adding four race wins and a further seven podiums to finish the year 25 points clear of his next closest rival. He also picked up a Rising Star award from the BRDC, and is part of the Elite Cymru Sports Programme for top athletes in Wales.
Rees will commence a winter testing programme with the team as they get to grips with the new Tatuus MSV-022 chassis, which features the halo safety device, increased downforce, and an increase in power to 250bhp.
Rees said: “I’m hugely excited to move forward with Steven [Hunter], Liam [Hewitt], and JHR Developments. We built a strong relationship in 2021 which means we know each other, and we know our weaknesses and our strengths. They are probably one of the best teams to work with because we always move forward as one. They understand me and my requirements when giving me a car to go and race and, whilst I have been flattered by all the attention from other teams, I believe that JHR has the capability and desire to repeat our success from last year.
“I'm looking forward to being back with JHR, rather than going to a different team where you’d have to get settled in, learn how the team operates, and those sorts of things. When you're already there and you know the people, you can focus more on driving the car rather than trying to learn how to change your ways.
“With the team and the combination of Callan O’Keeffe and Mike Epps as my driver coaches and Sam Kibble as my fitness coach, we will be setting our goals, pushing to achieve them, and even going beyond! If everything goes to plan, hopefully we'll have similar success stories to those we had last year.”
JHR Team Principal Steven Hunter said: “We are delighted that Matthew will be continuing his development with the team as he steps up to the GB3 Championship. His performances last season, despite being his first in single seater racing, were outstanding and he continued to improve throughout, deservedly winning both the Drivers’ and Rookie titles.
“After a great F4 British campaign last year we are pushing to emulate that success in GB3 and, with some hard work on all sides, I can’t see why this can’t be achieved. The team will begin its pre-season build up with an intensive test schedule in Spain in February and we are all looking forward to developing the new, upgraded GB3 car, ready for the season ahead.”
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