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FJC HEADS TO PENULTIMATE ROUNDS AT SILVERSTONE

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The Juniors are all set for a trip to the Home of British Motorsport - Photo: James Roberts

There’s only four races left to run in the 2018 edition of the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres to decide which way the champion status will go before the end of the year, and at the moment it appears to be boiling down to just two drivers. This weekend, we’re back on the Silverstone International circuit for the first time since 2016, where a certain Harry Gooding collected his first ever FJC win on his way to the title. While he races in the senior Fiesta Championship this weekend, this year’s crop of junior drivers will be out to emulate them.

For the record, the battle for the title is locked in between James Waite and Magnus Kriklywi. The pair have traded the majority of the race wins this season, and while Waite started off stronger with a double at Brands Hatch, Kriklywi fought back with a pair of wins at Cadwell Park. Waite picked up another double at Snetterton, but it was Rockingham where both drivers appeared to match each other for pace as they took a win each. Castle Combe’s tricky conditions allowed Waite to win Race 1 before Josh Steed picked up his first victory in the second, but it was Thruxton that got everyone talking in the fight for the title.

In both races, Waite and Kriklywi were virtually inseparable as they tailed each other around the high speed Hampshire circuit. Kriklywi picked up the first win of the weekend, however a time penalty in the second saw Waite inherit victory on the timing screen. As a result, Waite comes to Silverstone with a 32 point gap to Race Car Consultants’ young Danish charge and both will be looking to be on the pace straight away from the first practice session.

Up in 3rd place is the best of the rookies in the field in Isaac Smith. Despite having not won a race so far this year, Smith has seen the podium no less than six times which is undeniably impressive for a first season of circuit racing. Smith made the switch from JamSport to Race Car Consultants before Thruxton, but still showed the same amount of pace that had been with him all season. A fantastic battle with Nathanael Hodgkiss all weekend in both races helped him display his racecraft and he’ll be looking to further develop it this weekend while still chasing that first win.

A first win went the way of Josh Steed at Castle Combe, but the highs of victory quickly turned into the lows of mechanical woes at Thruxton. Issues plagued him in both races, eventually retiring from Race 1 before a lengthy pit call left him on his own on track and a couple of laps down before finally getting up to the pace he’d shown in practice earlier in the weekend. This has nudged him down to 4th in points, but only 12 behind Smith, so the prospect of 3rd in the championship isn’t out of reach provided his fortunes are better on this occasion.

5th placed Olly Turner’s fortunes were also somewhat up and down after he was forced out of Race 1 by a collision at the first corner, before banking a 5th place for his troubles in Race 2. Like Smith, on his day Turner is a regular podium finisher but has yet to score that crucial first FJC win. Surely it’s only a matter of when rather than if it happens, and Olly will be pushing harder than ever to make it happen sooner rather than later.

The rest of the regulars are all here once again: Nathanael Hodgkiss picked up his second podium at Thruxton with 3rd place and has consistently found more and more pace with each passing weekend. Tood Garner and Alfie Glenie have also made significant strides in their progress since their debut races at the start of the season, while Abby Lock had a standout weekend last time out as her pace and could have been on for her best ever finish before a high speed slide at Goodwood Corner pushed her down the order.

Plus, we’re delighted to welcome a brand new Fiesta Junior to the grid this weekend – Ted Potts, the son of Porsche, Alfa Romeo and historic racer Stephen Potts, makes his circuit racing debut here at Silverstone with Daniels Motorsport and will be hoping for a trouble free weekend as he begins to find his feet. Welcome to the grid, Ted, and we wish you the very best of luck!

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