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WAITE WAITS FOR NO-ONE IN SNETTERTON DOMINATION

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Waite left his rivals chasing him all weekend - Photo: Jon Elsey

James Waite put himself further into contention as the favourite to win the 2018 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship after dominating both races at Snetterton on the 300 circuit. Dry conditions prevailed on a weekend two of his main rivals had mixed fortunes in both races.

Waite took pole in qualifying ahead of current main title rival Magnus Kriklywi, but unbelievably come the end of the first lap of Race 1, neither Kriklywi nor Waite’s fast rookie teammate Isaac Smith were in the running. Smith’s car had suffered an engine problem on the grid just before the formation lap, forcing his car to be pushed to the side and retiring before the race had even started. Kriklywi, on the other hand only lasted to the exit of Wilson hairpin before he too was out on the spot.

Once Waite hit the front, there was no catching him whatsoever and such was his advantage in terms of pace, that he was able to take the chequered flag in Race 1 by over 7 seconds to take maximum points once again. Olly Turner kept out of trouble to pick up another strong podium result in 2nd place, while Nathanael Hodgkiss impressed many people by securing his first rostrum visit with a well deserved 3rd place. Todd Garner once again had to power through from the back of the field to take 4th place, and Alfie Glenie would complete the top 5 in 5th place. Sadly both Abby Lock and Josh Steed wouldn’t see the chequered flag due to mechanical issues.

Waite looked as though he wouldn’t be challenged as he started from pole again for the second race, and the fact that he was able to finish the opening lap with an incredible 3.4 second lead only cemented that observation further. Amazingly, second place at the end of Lap 1 would actually go to Isaac Smith, who made a rocket of a start from the back row to tear through the cars ahead of him and leave only Waite to try and hunt down. However, his advantage would only last one lap as the equally rapid Magnus Kriklywi who dispatched Smith to take 2nd place and set off up the road after the leader.

In the end, he would go on to set the fastest lap of the race, but couldn’t usurp Waite as he did the double and took the chequered flag once again. All things considered, Kriklywi did well to execute maximum damage limitation by taking 2nd and the points to go with it. Smith also took home some much needed points and reward his hard working Jam-Sport mechanics that repaired his car in time   to get him back out. Josh Steed took 4th place, with Olly Turner in 5th, Todd Garner taking 6th and Abby Lock as the last finisher in 7th.

Next up is the deceptively fast and tricky Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire. Will the next rounds upset the form book at all, or will Waite continue to try and walk away with the 2018 championship?

Scott Woodwiss

Next Race

Brands Hatch - 27th - 28th Jul 2019

Last Race

Snetterton 300 25th - 26th May 2019

Current Standings

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