4-WAY DANCE FOR FJC TITLE IN DONINGTON DECIDER

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The points lead still remains with Jack Davidson - but will he leave Donington with the title? - Photo: Jon Elsey

As we come to the end of its sixth season, the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship continues to prove to be a fantastic proving ground for young junior drivers aged 14-17 years old. Just take a look at the list of significant drivers that have had or are currently enjoying success in championships such as the BTCC, the ToCA support package, British GT, Britcar and even Lamborghini Super Trofeo; there’s no denying the pedigree of our graduates.

The 2017 edition of FJC has been intense from start to finish and to justify that, the drivers now reach the final two rounds of the season at Donington Park with four drivers in with a shout for the title. At the top is young Scotsman Jack Davidson, who has capitalised on his second full season in the Championship by taking race wins at Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, both visits to Silverstone, Snetterton and last time at Croft. That said, he hasn’t been without misfortune – mechanical problems at Rockingham and Croft means that by dropping his three non-scores, every single point will count at Donington this weekend. One slip and he may end up snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Of course, Jack will do everything he can to make sure that doesn’t happen, but he will be looking over his shoulder at those chasing him down. Two such drivers are James Hillery and Nicholas Reeve, who are locked in a duel for 2nd could still overhaul Davidson. Hillery has relied on his consistency to score points in just about every race when his rivals couldn’t and his first win in the season opener at Brands Hatch helped kickstart his tally. Further podiums at Rockingham and Croft and helped sustain his place towards the head of the table, plus he’s shown to be able to keep his head down and out of trouble when it matters most. There’s a chance he could cause an upset, but time and fortunes will tell.

The other key name is Reeve, who has taken victories so far at Cadwell, Snetterton and Croft. The last of the 3 was critical after leaving the second Silverstone visit with zero points thanks to engine and gearbox issues. But, like Hillery and indeed Davidson, that consistent string of strong results have been vital to remain in touch with the leaders. He too could also crown his second season in FJC with the ultimate prize, but he’ll need to hit the ground running from the word go.

The outside bet still in with a shout is James Waite, although his presence at the time of writing this is as yet unconfirmed. The Rockingham race winner has remained a constant front-runner all throughout the season and has done well to pick up the pieces when his rivals have slipped up. While he doesn’t enter the weekend as the absolute odds-on favourite, do not count him out one iota. If he appears and luck goes his way, it could be an entirely different outcome.

A shout-out must go to all of our other Juniors racing this weekend and indeed throughout this season. Watch out for the likes of Matthew Greenwood, Josh Hislop, Josh Steed, Scott Cansdale and Olly Turner, who have all had their moments of brilliance throughout the year. Magnus Kriklywi will continue his development ahead of next year, while Jamie-Lea Hawley will also want to end her first year on a high note. Plus, she won’t be the only female on the grid – this weekend, FJC gains a new driver as Abby Lock makes her debut in her family prepared and ran Fiesta. She’ll wish for a trouble-free first weekend, with ambitions of a full campaign in 2018. Welcome to the grid, Abby!

So – four drivers, two races, but just one title. Who’s walking away from Donington as the 2017 BRSCC Fiesta Junior champion? Let’s find out!

Scott Woodwiss

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Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Jack Davidson 392 391
2 Nicholas Reeve 378 378
3 James Hillery 364 364