JUNIORS REACH HALF TERM AT ROCKINGHAM

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Who will have the ultimate edge as the first half of 2017 ends? - Photo: Jon Elsey

We’re already getting to the halfway stage in this year’s BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship and with dropped scores now coming into play it’s actually still closer than you might think despite how the results have gone so far. The drivers now congregate once more at Rockingham Motor Speedway for Rounds 7 & 8, as the 3 race winners of 2017 currently sit atop the standings.

Top of the table is Jack Davidson, with the young Jam-Sport driver putting his season’s worth of experience to good use. His 4 victories, including a pair of dominant drives last time at Silverstone, have marked him out as the early title favourite. You also have to look at the way he drove through the field at Cadwell Park to come back from a qualifying misdemeanour to finish 4th in the first race, followed by victory in the second. Rockingham sees the potential to add two more wins, putting him in the same breath as both Aaron Thompson and Harry Gooding to possibly become the third Jam-Sport junior champion in a row.

Then again, there are those out there determined to stop him. Nicholas Reeve has scored a win and several podiums so far giving him 2nd in the points standings after dropped scores and comes back to the circuit he debuted at last year with fire and determination. Specialized Motorsport will be determined to break the Jam-Sport stronghold and it could start here. Then there’s 3rd placed James Hillery who has so far has a mixed season with HillWood Motorsport. The ultimate high was a win and 3rd place at Brands Hatch, while a broken driveshaft and 4th at Cadwell was followed by a 4th and 7th at Silverstone. All of this keeps him in touching distance of the top 2 with the hope of more podiums to come.

Lochlan Bearman had a shaky start to the season, however two strong 3rd places at Cadwell pushed him straight back into the picture. While retirement in the first race at Silverstone left him with a mammoth task ahead in Race 2, Bearman put in what can be said as the drive of the season so far to from 14th to a sensational 2nd place. He’ll hope this great turn of form will continue this weekend. As for those behind him, there’s a trifecta of Jam-Sport drivers battling for a top 5 place as podium finisher James Waite holds the advantage over comrades Gus Burton and Matt Greenwood, a pair who almost seem inseparable out on track! That said, consistent point scoring from both drivers has left him in a healthy enough position.

There were other drivers that made a real impact at Silverstone too. Scott Cansdale put the second HillWood Motorsport car on the second step of the podium in Race 1 before a nasty incident put him out of Race 2. Despite this, he’s another driver to have found his mojo, so keep an eye on him here. Also there were great strides for Bradley Kent, the brother of senior Fiesta Class C points leader and FJC graduate Lewis as he managed to score a 9th and a personal best 6th place finish. He will wish to crack the top 5 very soon.

One name has so far been a glaring omission from this preview and that’s reigning FJC champion Harry Gooding. Having made a spectacular and unexpected return at Cadwell Park, Gooding has since struggled to get back into the groove aboard the #1 machine. 6th place at Silverstone was followed by mechanical issues in the afternoon, meaning he has a lot of work to do as he languishes down in a lowly 13th place in the points. However, Harry is a fighter and won’t allow himself to stay down there for long.

Of course, it’s wrong to ignore the rest of the field so be sure to also keep track of the progress of Olly Turner, Josh Steed, Josh Hislop, Jamie-Lea Hawley and Thomas Horton. All of them have faced their own trials and tribulations so far this season and will be pushing for further progress here this weekend.

Scott Woodwiss

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Jack Davidson 182 181
2 Nicholas Reeve 195 169
3 James Waite 213 165