UNKNOWN TERRITORY AS FJC DEBUTS AT CROFT

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At least one driver will leave Croft as the circuit's first ever FJC race winner - but who? - Photo: James Roberts

Even though at one point it may have looked like the 2017 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship title was but a formality for one driver, it’s safe to say that heading into the final 4 races of the year it’s anything but. This weekend is a significant one as it marks the first ever trip to North Yorkshire in the championship’s history – Croft is the venue and the title race is still very much alive.

That said, our second visit to Silverstone last time out did present a rather ominous performance from points leader Jack Davidson as he performed the perfect grand slam of winning both races from pole position, with fastest lap in each to boot. This was in effect a carbon copy of his May weekend at the same circuit earlier this year, and with the young Scotsman back on top form it means that he could be on course to secure Jam-Sport’s 3rd FJC title in a row; Jack would join Aaron Thompson and Harry Gooding as the team’s championship winning alumni.

While the lead has remained virtually unchanged all season, 2nd place saw a dramatic changing of hands last time out. A nightmare situation for Nicholas Reeve saw his Silverstone meeting end after just 3 racing laps with a mechanical problem. A frantic engine change before Race 2 was needed but despite Specialized Motorsport’s best efforts, a small oil leak in the assembly area prevented him from taking the start. As a result, two 3rd places lifted James Waite into P2 behind teammate Davidson with the youngster having proven to be a beacon of consistency all season. Should Davidson suffer any melodramas in the last two meetings, could he steal the title from under Jack’s nose?

3rd place now currently belongs to HW Racing’s James Hillery, as he had to get his elbows out at Silverstone to remain in contention for strong points finishes in both races. Inheriting 4th place as a result of the incident that stopped Race 2 didn’t do his points tally any harm, but ultimately James has lacked the pace which saw him take his maiden win in the very first race of the year at Brands Hatch. This has been mostly down to the car, but on occasions like Rockingham his ability to drive around minor mechanical issues helped him to secure a double podium. His raw pace is evident when everything comes together.

His teammate Scott Cansdale, in contrast, has really come on in leaps and bounds this season, finding his form in May at Silverstone before taking a first win at Rockingham. Since then Scott’s been constant threat in around the top 5 at least and two 2nd places on his second Silverstone visit have further helped him shoot up the table. Olly Turner will miraculously be back in action this weekend despite the accident involving himself and teammate Gus Burton that caused the Race 2 stoppage last time. The use of a new car through one of his fellow Jam-Sport drivers will enable him to see the season through.

Other drivers to keep an eye on for this weekend will include Josh Hislop, Matt Greenwood, Jamie-Lea Hawley and Magnus Kriklywi, all of whom will wish for further progress and development as they continue their junior racing journeys.

Thanks to Silverstone, the battle for the championship just got a little more interesting. One has to wonder now just what the final two meetings of the season will have in store. Will it be a breeze for Davidson, or will his immediate rivals manage to put a halt to his title aspirations?

Scott Woodwiss

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Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Jack Davidson 336 335
2 James Hillery 337 315
3 Nicholas Reeve 315 315