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JUNIORS FACE A NEW TEST AT THRUXTON

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It's time to see who will become the first ever Fiesta Junior winner at Thruxton - Photo: SnappyRacers

The second half of the season in the 2018 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres has already begun with the drivers only a few weeks removed from the previous rounds at Castle Combe in Wiltshire. However on this occasion, FJC enters new territory as for the first time in its history it gets set to compete at the high-speed Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire. With every driver approaching this track having never driven a lap before, this could make for some very interesting results come Sunday afternoon.

James Waite will be looking to ensure that not only his lead in the points table remains intact, but is also strengthened thanks to some strong results. A win and a 2nd place certainly did his title aspirations no harm whatsoever, taking his total number of victories this season to six. Waite has only failed to take a victory at one race weekend so far this year, that being Cadwell Park where a Race 1 incident left him nursing a wounded car in the second race. Since then, he’s been on fine form and racked up a string of wins and podium finishes to hold a 37 point lead in the standings on dropped scores. This weekend will see him determined to take one step closer to the title.

Lying in 2nd place is young Dane Magnus Kriklywi, whose fortunes have also had a few ups and down along the way this season but has also tasted victory too. A pair of victories at Cadwell Park followed by another at Rockingham helped him remain in the hunt for the title, but retirements at Brands Hatch and Snetterton followed by bad luck in the first Castle Combe race have seen him drop points that could have left him closer to Waite as a result. Nevertheless, the margin to the lead isn’t insurmountable by any stretch and there’s still six races left to run with plenty of points up for grabs.

Moving swiftly into 3rd place is Mutation Motorsport’s Josh Steed, whose trip to Combe ended up becoming a landmark weekend in his fledgling racing career. Having picked up an impressive 2nd place in the first race, he was able to catch and pass Waite in the second encounter and keep him at bay to score his first Fiesta Junior win, to his and the team’s delight. Now he has the taste for victory, Josh will be thirsting for more and on a fast circuit like Thruxton, his raw pace could be set to appear once again. Perhaps the second half of the season will see Steed make a late surge into championship contention.

There’s a change of team for 4th placed Isaac Smith as he moves across from JamSport to David Ellesley’s Race Car Consultants outfit, the same team that runs 2nd place Kriklywi. While he is yet to have won a race in his rookie season so far, he has come close with a number of podium finishes. At times, it appears he’s lacked the outright pace due to car problems or setup direction, but it surely must be a matter of when rather than if he wins a race. A switch to a new team environment could be the impetus he needs to make that crucial next step in becoming a race winner. He sits ahead of Olly Turner, who is also chasing his first race win of his career and has shown flashes of front-running pace on occasion this season. Olly has racked up four podium finishes so far this year with a best of 2nd place at Snetterton and it’s incredible to see the progress he’s made since his debut in last year’s championship.

Todd Garner has been something of a silent assassin as he’s quietly collected a string of healthy points finishes to maintain 6th place in the standings, while 7th placed Nathanael Hodgkiss has collected his first piece of FJC silverware with a strong 3rd place in the first Snetterton race. His qualifying form has also helped him start towards the front of the field, which certainly suggests that there’s more hidden pace to unlock as the rest of the year unfolds. Alfie Glenie has made a handful of top 5 appearances along the way this season, while Abby Lock’s rookie year continues to see her make more and more progress with every passing session.

Six more races to decide the champion for 2018 – is it already something of a formality for Waite, or do Kriklywi and Steed have the right strategy to take it down to the wire at Brands Hatch in October?

Scott Woodwiss

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Brands Hatch - 27th - 28th Jul 2019

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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