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HISTORY MAKER LOAKE COMPLETES PERFECT WINNING SEASON AT CROFT TO CLINCH PROVISIONAL 2020 FIESTA JUNIOR TITLE

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There was simply no stopping him - Joseph Loake was unbeatable to become the provisional 2020 FJC champion! - Photo: Robert Willsmore

Joseph Loake proved once and for all that he was simply unbeatable in the 2020 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship season as he rounded off the shortened calendar with two more wins at the final rounds at Croft to complete a perfect 100% winning record for the year and become the provisional champion in the process.

 After three superb weekends in a year that had seen the championship superbly revitalised compared to the previous seasons, the Fiesta Junior drivers headed to North Yorkshire to the venue which would replace the previous two cancelled events set to take place at Anglesey in North Wales due to local restrictions. The entry was slightly reduced compared to the final two races, mainly down to some drivers choosing to skip the final in order to prepare adequately for the 2021 season. In addition, Will Orton had switched to a backup car after his main race car had been sold on, so the replacement allowed him to contest the final two races to ensure his second place in points would be cemented once the day’s racing was over.

Of those who did make the trip north, Bradley Beavers managed to set the fastest time in practice but it was a usual name at the head of the timesheets as Joseph Loake took pole position yet again in 2020, with Jenson Brickley also impressing once more with a front-row starting spot for the first race. Beavers managed to line up 3rd alongside Sid Smith, followed by Albert Webster on the third row, Jake Weston and Joseph Knight on the fourth row and Orton forced to start back in 9th next to Briannie Davis as he had to get to grips with a different car than normal. 

Loake got away in typical fashion and held the lead through the opening lap, while Brickley was only able to complete one tour of the Croft circuit before he was forced to retire while still in 2nd place. This allowed Beavers to take up the mantle of main pursuer to Loake as he moved into P2 and managed to maintain position with a large gap to the cars behind. A battle for 3rd took place in the early laps which eventually saw Webster passed by a charging Weston who had made quick progress from starting in 7th and managed to get into a podium place on Lap 5 which he would ultimately also go on to hold. For Loake, however, there was simply no stopping him. He continued to lap at least half a second quicker than the rest of the field and by the chequered flag he had built up a six-second lead to comfortably take his seventh win of the season with the title and that perfect win record almost in his grasp.

As mentioned, Beavers managed to hold his own in a rather quiet race to his best result of 2nd place followed by a third podium finish from five races for Weston in 3rd. Webster did a fine job to remain in 4th place while a close finish for 5th saw Hotchin hold off Knight for the position. Smith claimed 7th, while Orton simply drove his own race in a bid to secure the points needed to secure 2nd in the standings to finish 8th ahead of Briannie Davis.

The final race of the season started as the first one had several weeks ago in August at Cadwell Park with Loake, the champion in waiting, on the front row starting from pole and poised to take victory. Once again, he got the jump from the start and moved straight into the lead with Beavers and Weston following in tow, and by the end of the opening lap the championship leader was already out in front by almost nine tenths of a second. Joseph’s lap times were incredibly consistent all the way through the final 15 minutes of the year and come the end he was clear by 3.5 seconds as he took his eighth win from eight races, confirming his dominance of the entire season and, most importantly, becoming the provisional champion of the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres for 2020. An incredible achievement given everything that had occurred in 2020 outside of motorsport and a testament to Joseph’s talent and dedication to the series.

Beavers again drove brilliantly to take another 2nd place finish to end the year strong, while another great comeback from Jenson Brickley saw him up to 6th by the conclusion of the opening lap and eventually onto the podium from the back of the grid with 3rd place, his second rostrum finish in as many weekends. Weston and Smith completed the top five, while Knight, Orton and Davis completed the finishers after Hotchin and Webster sadly retired early on.

So, the season is complete and even though it didn’t all go quite to plan, the racing we did manage to complete was superb. We feel very privileged to be in the position we’re in given that it was rather different more than 12 months ago and thanks to the hard work of our coordinator Laura, the BRSCC and everyone else that played their part in getting Fiesta Juniors back to where it should be. We now go into the winter break feeling much more secure and full of hope that 2021 will be an even better season with plenty of interest from new drivers looking to step up. Thank you to you all and onwards to next year when hopefully we can get back to some kind of normality! 

Scott Woodwiss

 

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Croft 31st Oct 2020

Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Joseph Loake 412 362
2 William Orton 342 312
3 Bradley Beavers 298 268