JUNIORS ROLL INTO ROCKINGHAM

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Waite, Kriklywi and Steed will all be hoping to score a solid haul of points this weekend - Photo: Jon Elsey

The Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres is now two meetings old for 2018 and so far there’s no clear standout favourite in terms of a title favourite. That said, with 12 races still to run including the pair this weekend, there is still a long way to go and a lot of racing still to be done before a true picture of the title battle begins to take shape. Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby is the sight for Rounds 5 & 6 on this occasion.

Despite race wins coming from James Waite at Brands Hatch and Magnus Kriklywi at Cadwell Park, neither of them lead the championship heading into this weekend. Instead, it’s JamSport’s debutant Isaac Smith that heads the standings. In fact, neither race winner this season is even in the top 3! JamSport’s young rookie Isaac Smith hasn’t won a race so far, but hasn’t finished lower than 4th while both Waite and Kriklywi have had contrasting fortunes across both weekends. Josh Steed has settled into his new team Mutation Motorsport quickly and it showed with two 2nd place finishes at Cadwell. His confidence will be high after that weekend and will come here to Rockingham on a quest to pick up that long awaited first win of his career.

4th and 5th is where we find Kriklywi and Waite, as both has won races but also a retirement and a finish off the podium. Despite the similarities, Kriklywi is in front thanks to the 4th place he scored at Brands Hatch compared to the lowly 9th that Waite was only able to manage at Cadwell, still nursing problems from his Race 1 incident that forced the stoppage of the race. Kriklywi will carry the momentum into this weekend, while Waite will need to pick himself up again and recover quickly to get back on the pace. Given his evident natural speed. This shouldn’t take him too long in practice.

The other driver in the top 3 is Nathanael Hodgkiss, another one of the handful of rookies contesting their first FJC campaign. Hodgkiss has already secured a top 5 finish in all four races so far, which will certainly please both him and his team. Whether or not Rockingham will suit him further remains to be seen. One driver who’s also suffered something of an up and down start to the season is Olly Turner. Having picked up 4th, 3rd and 2nd so far, he was also caught up in the incident that took out Waite in Cadwell’s first race. Because of this, he sits 6th and is more proof that consistency in results is what’s key here rather than simply winning races and standing on the podium. Turner is another driver who looks quick and is just that, but just needs a little more luck behind him. With that, he too can find his first victory.

The rest of the field is made up of three very keen and ever developing rookies. Alfie Glenie hasn’t finished lower than 6th so far and continues to learn more and more with each passing weekend. Todd Garner is another driver allowing himself to develop at his own pace and will use Rockingham to continue his racing education. Abby Lock is also back for more after she reappeared on the grid at Cadwell having recovered from illness. She should be fighting fit for this weekend and like Garner, will simply use this weekend to grow, learn and develop.

Scott Woodwiss

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Brands Hatch - 27th - 28th Jul 2019

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Cadwell Park 11th - 12th May 2019

Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Olly Turner 296 204
2 Joel Wren 178 175
3 Alfie Glenie 240 168