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CADWELL DOMINATED BY FJC'S GREAT DANE

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Dane Kriklywi kept his nose out of trouble all weekend to score both race wins - Photo: Jon Elsey

The young chargers of the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres had spent just over two months waiting to get back on track after their opening rounds all the way back at the end of March at Brands Hatch. With Cadwell Park the next port of call for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2018 season, the question on everyone’s lips was whether or not points leader James Waite would continue his red-hot form would carry over from his double win at Brands. As it turned out, a new challenger would step up to claim their first taste of FJC glory.

Race Car Consultants’ young Danish hotshot Magnus Kriklywi topped both practice sessions before the all-important qualifying on Saturday afternoon. In a session that was affected by rain showers and changeable conditions, Kriklywi then went on to stick it on pole by just over a quarter of a second from Waite, with Jam-Sport locking out the second row thanks to Olly Turner and Isaac Smith. Josh Steed began his first race weekend with new team Mutation Motorsport with 5th fastest, ahead of Nathanael Hodgkiss, Todd Garner and Alfie Glenie. There was also the first appearance of the season from newcomer Abby Lock, fresh from recovering from illness and making her inaugural start of 2018 after debuting at the Donington Park finale last year. She would start Race 1 from the back of the grid.

With the track dry on Sunday morning for the first race, Kriklywi’s pole advantage couldn’t save him as Waite picked up the better start and went on to lead the opening lap. Waite remained in front over the next few laps, but then the race came to a premature and rather abrupt halt. Waite led the cars across the line at the end of lap 5, but an accident involving the #17 then proceeded to bring the red flag out. Olly Turner was also an unfortunate victim of an incident on the same lap, and with that, the organisers had no choice but to red flag the race. This turned out to be indefinite, meaning a result was declared and due to Waite’s car not running at the time of the stoppage, it gave Magnus Kriklywi his first Fiesta Junior race win – although probably not in the circumstances he’d have wanted. Josh Steed produced a carbon copy of his drive in the first Brands Hatch race as he stormed through from the back to take 2nd place, while Isaac Smith would complete the rostrum in 3rd ahead of Hodgkiss, Glenie, Garner and Lock.

Kriklywi had another chance to start from pole in Race 2 with Steed alongside him this time for company, and this time he nailed the start to lead convincingly by the end of Lap 1. From there, try as Steed might in 2nd place, the young Dane Kriklywi continued to extend his advantage lap after lap. By the end of lap 5, the gap was up to almost 3 seconds, where at this point Steed was able to pick up the pace a little and reduce the amount of time lost to just a couple of tenths per lap. Come the chequered flag Kriklywi’s winning advantage had stabilized to 3.6 seconds, but all that mattered was that victory was his. Steed completed a strong first weekend with Mutation Motorsport with another 2nd place finish and his good friend Olly Turner put in a superb drive from the back to pick up the final podium place in 3rd, from Smith, Hodgkiss, Glenie, Garner, Lock and a struggling Waite who appeared to have issues after his Race 1 incident that prevented him from keeping pace with the rest of the pack.

Incredibly, despite both Kriklywi and Waite having won races both races each, neither of them factor in the top 3 in the points standings. In fact, it’s Brands Hatch’s driver of the meeting Isaac Smith that assumes the points lead on dropped scores, ahead of Josh Steed in 2nd and Nathanael Hodgkiss in 3rd. Kriklywi and Waite are up next in 4th and 5th respectively, ahead of Garner, Turner, Glenie and Lock.

Thankfully, the Juniors don’t have too long to wait this time as the next rounds are only a couple of weeks away. Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby provides the next setting for Rounds 5 and 6 on June 23/24, a venue that holds good memories for James Waite; 2017 was the year in which Rockingham provided him with his first FJC victory, and he’ll be hoping to capitalise on that this season.

Scott Woodwiss

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Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
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