For the seventh successive year, a new grid of Fiesta Juniors await the first round - Photo: James Roberts

After picking up its 4th Junior Series of the Year accolade from the Downforce UK Awards during the off-season, the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship looks set to rumble into another year of close, nail-biting junior racing action. With the series catering to 14-17-year-old drivers either fresh out of karting or beginning their racing careers entirely from scratch, the Fiesta Junior paddock has seen many current stars of the BTCC, the ToCA paddock, British GT and more pass through the ranks on their way to more significant fortunes.

Many of last year’s drivers have moved on into senior racing having reached the appropriate age, leaving the grid free for a new batch of talented youngsters to take their place. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone who competed last year has gone – there are still drivers in the line-up who have at least a year’s worth of experience in FJC that will undoubtedly head into this season as potential favourites for the championship.

One of them has to be James Waite – after he debuted in 2016, he picked up his first win last year at Rockingham and will be keen to build on that this season. If a full campaign is in the works, then he could be in line to become Jam-Sport’s fourth FJC champion in a row. Another one to keep an eye on will be stablemate Olly Turner, sporting a new car after his unfortunate accident at Silverstone in August. He will pilot Angus Dudley’s car from 2016 and will be counting on his season’s worth of experience to help him push further up the grid.

Also making a second appearance in successive seasons is Josh Steed, also with a brand new Fiesta built over the off-season. Having shaken down the car already a couple of times, Josh is another driver who will hope to make more progress up the grid and challenge his fellow established names. There will also be the re-appearance of Abby Lock this year after her encouraging debut at Donington last season, but expect to see her appear from Cadwell Park onwards. Danish driver Magnus Kriklywi, who first appeared at Snetterton in 2017, will also begin his first full season assault with Race Car Consultants.

So, what of the new drivers? Todd Garner brings experience competing on the short ovals in the JASCAR championship, a similar contest which Olly Turner can also boast expertise, and will be looking to make progress on his first season of circuit racing with Daniels Motorsport. Isaac Smith makes the switch from karting at a Super 1 level to join Jam-Sport’s junior outfit for his first campaign in cars, while Alfie Glenie joins Specialized after being a race winner at Junior X30s at his local kart club in the past. Nathanael Hodgkiss is another new name after progressing from last year’s Junior Rotax Max division at the Cheshire Kart Racing Club. We’re delighted to welcome all of them to the grid, with the premise of more new names as the season progresses.

One significant change from last season is the switch of tyre supplier from Dunlop to MRF. Those who have tested the latest specification of tyres specially produced and used by the Fiesta Junior competitors have given nothing but positive feedback, so this weekend will be their first test in a race weekend scenario. Nonetheless, those who adapt to them the quickest may just hold the early season advantage while their rivals will be forced to play catch up.

Once again, another term for our junior racers is set to begin once again with the big question as ever hanging over everyone – who’s going to be the 2018 champion? Time to kick things off and find out…

Scott Woodwiss 

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