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SNETTERTON BECKONS AS FIESTA JUNIORS REACH HALF TERM

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Snetterton will be another new test for many of this year's FJC entry - Photo: Jon Elsey

This weekend’s rounds of the 2018 BRSCC Fiesta Championship racing with MRF Tyres will mark the half way point in the season, as the Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk plays host to a title battle that is getting ever closer between this season’s only two race winners – Magnus Kriklywi and James Waite. It’s the former that holds a slender margin over the latter in the points standings, but who will have had better fortunes come the end of the meeting?

So far, both Kriklywi and Waite are in a deadlock in terms of wins with three apiece. Waite dominated both of the opening races of the season at Brands Hatch, before Kriklywi fought back with a brace of his own at Cadwell Park. Rockingham couldn’t see either of them break the deadlock as they picked up a win apiece, with Waite’s victory coming at Kriklywi’s expense after the young Dane was judged to have made an unfair pass for the lead and was given a 2 second penalty as a result. Despite this, Kriklywi is just ahead on dropped scores having achieved better result in the one race he finished off the podium at Brands Hatch, compared to that of Waite’s 9th place after his Race 1 incident at Cadwell. Whether or not Snetterton will favour one over the other remains to be seen.

Behind there are a trio of drivers waiting for their first race victory. Mutation Motorsport’s Josh Steed collected his first ever FJC podium here last season and so far has had rostrum visits at Brands Hatch and Cadwell to his name, followed by a difficult Rockingham weekend where tyre and mechanical difficulties hampered him from start to finish. Olly Turner has been able to achieve a podium finish at each of the three venues visited this season and will be hoping to keep that run going at the same circuit at which he took his first ever podium with 3rd place. Meanwhile, JamSport’s rapid rookie Isaac Smith has been impressive throughout the opening rounds, beginning his circuit racing career with two 2nd places at Brands Hatch, followed by a 3rd each at Cadwell and Rockingham. All three of them have raw pace and talent – it’s surely only a matter of when rather than if that first Junior win arrives.

The rest of the field will all be out to find more pace, confidence and development in their rookie season in FJC. Nathanael Hodgkiss was able to make some impressive progress in qualifying by reaching the top 5 for the first time at Rockingham, but was sadly unable to see the finish in either race with mechanical woes. Alfie Glenie was able to finish the first race in 6th place before retiring in the second with car troubles of his own, but he appears to be settling down with his new team Daniels Motorsport rather quickly. Todd Garner was able to produce a 5th and 6th in his two races last time out and continues to rack up the points, while Abby Lock’s continued improvement in only her third career race weekend earned her the coveted Driver of the Day award. This will certainly give her confidence going into this weekend and the subsequent races to come.

Another warm weekend appears to be in store for our Juniors, who will be able to use Snetterton’s wide and fast straights to potentially practice their slipstreaming capabilities as well as take advantage of the big braking zones the circuit also features. Whether one or our two main championship leaders will be able to pull away from the other one is a different matter entirely.

 Scott Woodwiss

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Olly Turner 386 302
2 Ted Potts 276 242
3 Alfie Glenie 312 240