SOUTHAM College student Alex Sedgwick was given the ultimate French lession after competing at the legendary Le Mans Circuit.
Like all 16-year-olds across the country, Sedgwick has spent much of the year preparing for his GCSE exams earlier this summer, which has put his motorsport career temporarily on hold.
But with his last exam completed, Sedgwick’s attention once again moved back to his next motorsport challenge as he took part in his first French F4 Championship test.
Since the age of eight, Sedgwick has raced continuously in the UK with great success which has resulted in him becoming British karting champion in 2011.
Now he will start a new chapter in France in the French F4 Championship run by the French Autosport Academy.
The Championship, which is recognised as one of the top single seater championships in the world, has produced over the years a number of drivers who have gone on to drive in Formula 1 and win the Le Mans 24Hrs.
Sedgwick will compete in the final half of this year’s championship as one of the youngest drivers in the event and with the plan to return for a full season in 2016.
Before his first race at the famous French circuit of Magny-cours next month, his first challenge was to master the F4 championship car and the chosen venue was the legendary Le Mans circuit.
He travelled to the circuit last week for a full day’s testing and finished the test less than half a second off the fastest time.
“Getting to drive on the famous Le Mans circuit was a dream come true,” said Sedgwick.
“The other drivers have contested all of the championship so far, so to be only half a second off the fastest time, I am very pleased.
“Now I have to work hard before my next test later this month at Magny-cours to close up this gap. I have got a lot of French homework to complete, so school is not out for me yet.
Further testing will again take place at Magny-cours in France on July 16 with the rest of the French F4 Championship drivers.