KRIKLYWI & WAITE SHARE VICTORIES IN FJC THRUXTON DEBUT

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This was the sight all of Kriklywi's rivals had of him all weekend - the young Dane in the lead! - Photo: James Roberts

A new circuit awaited the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres as the most recent rounds took place at the high-speed Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire. With all of the junior drivers experiencing the venue for the first time, the feedback was nothing but positive on the circuit with a common theme in stating after practice that it was challenging and fast, but very exciting.

The two title contenders perched themselves on the front row of the grid in qualifying as Magnus Kriklywi beat points leader James Waite to the top time and therefore pole position. Nathanael Hodgkiss put in one of his best performances of the season with 3rd fastest alongside Isaac Smith, competing in his first race weekend with Race Car Consultants after switching from JamSport. Olly Turner and Josh Steed took up the third row ahead of Abby Lock and Alfie Glenie, with Todd Garner completing the grid.

It only took one corner before there was drama as contact moments after the start on the approach to Allard put both Turner and Hodgkiss out on the spot before their race had even really started. Additional problems for Josh Steed had forced him into the pits to miss the start with mechanical issues, and while he would manage to get out on track during the race, he wouldn’t be classified due to only being able to complete 6 laps.

The safety car was brought out to manage the field as the cars of Turner and Hodgkiss were cleared up, and thankfully it only took until the end of the second lap to get the race restarted. Immediately both Waite and Kriklywi drove away into a private battle of their own as they clearly showed they were the class of the field. Waite’s hold on the lead lasted until Lap 6 when Kriklywi was able to find a way through and from there, as hard as Waite tried, the young Dane could not be ousted from the lead. Kriklywi held on to pick up the victory and therefore take some important points away from Waite’s lead. With Waite settling for 2nd place, a lonely 3rd went the way of Isaac Smith as he claimed yet another podium in his very impressive rookie season. Todd Garner picked up 4th place ahead of Alfie Glenie, while Abby Lock was set for her personal best result before a high-speed slide sent her sideways and down the order to finish 6th.

With Kriklywi and Waite again on the front row together, it looked as though it would be another race long duel between the pair of them – and so it was. In what turned out to be something of a constant back and forth pursuit, Waite ended up coming second best to Kriklywi on every single lap despite trying everything he could to pass and remain in front. However, in the end it turned out he didn’t have to. A 5 second time penalty was handed to Kriklywi in the closing stages for excessive track limits abuse, therefore allowing Waite to remain where he was and pick up the win on the timing screen, even though he finished 2nd on the road. Kriklywi was forced into P2 as a result, while Nathanael Hodgkiss collected his second podium finish of the season in 3rd place. Smith picked up 4th place while Turner salvaged P5 from what had been a tricky weekend, followed by Garner and Glenie, while Abby Lock and Josh Steed were both forced into the pits with technical issues but were still classified in 8th and 9th.

Just two more weekends are left to decide the 2018 Fiesta Junior title, and the championship now moves to Silverstone’s International circuit on September 22/23. It was the sight of 2016 champion and Fiesta Championship title contender Harry Gooding’s first circuit win on his way to the title that year, so will the next weekend of racing on the schedule produce a season defining moment?

Scott Woodwiss

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Current Standings

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