KRIKLYWI SCORES FJC DOUBLE TOP AT SILVERSTONE

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Taking two more wins helps Kriklywi to take the FJC title down to the wire - Photo: James Roberts

It was another dynamic performance from our drivers in the Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres at Silverstone (22nd - 23rd September). The penultimate race weekend of the 2018 season provided two more thrilling races, and as we welcomed a new driver to the ranks it proved to be another superb weekend.

Tricky conditions all weekend meant our youngsters were forced to navigate some interesting situations. A dry test session on Friday gave drivers the chance to sample the Silverstone International Circuit first hand, albeit in different conditions for what was to come.  

We were pleased to welcome newcomer Ted Potts to the grid for the Silverstone weekend, making his Fiesta Junior Championship debut, and an impressive debut at that.

Two wet practice sessions on Saturday prepared drivers well for more of the same during qualifying, as they steered their way through treacherous conditions. As the session came to an end it was championship challenger, Magnus Kriklywi, who mastered his surroundings, to claim a dominant pole position, ahead of Josh Steed.

As the first race began, soggy conditions remained. No match for Josh Steed, he launched himself to the front of the pack, with pole sitter Kriklywi hot on his heels. As the rest of the field searched for a dry line on the circuit, Alfie Glenie steered his way into the pit lane. After a quick chat with his engineer, he swiftly rejoined, albeit further down the field.

A close battle at the front, Steed's lead soon came under threat, as Kriklywi saw his opportunity to sneak past into the lead. With little over one second separating the top four drivers, their pace was soon interrupted as the safety car was released.

After two laps at neutralised pace, the race was restarted with Kriklywi, Steed and Olly Turner immediately pulling away from the rest of the pack.

Following 12 action-packed laps, the chequered flag flew to crown Kriklywi as race one winner, ahead of Josh Steed, Isaac Smith, Olly Turner and James Waite, who pulled off circuit immediately after taking the flag, seemingly with issues.

Abby Lock secured a strong sixth-place finish, ahead of Nathanael Hodgkiss and debutant Ted Potts. Sadly Todd Garner was the only retirement, exiting the race early on. After a sterling performance following an unexpected early visit to the pit lane, and despite finishing sixth on the road, Alfie Glenie was later disqualified from the result.

It was a front-row lockout for Kriklywi and Steed ahead of race two, and with a dry track in front of them this time around, it was sure to be a thrilling performance.

As the race began, all 10 drivers executed another superb display, with Kriklywi a dominant force once more. A solitary outing, Magnus finished over 11 seconds ahead of nearest challenger Steed, for another commanding drive.

Having started in eighth place on the grid, Nathanael Hodgkiss dismissed the opposition, to steer his way to a third-place finish, ahead of Isaac Smith and Olly Turner. James Waite claimed a sixth-place finish, with Todd Garner recovering from his race one woes to finish seventh. The youngest drivers on the Fiesta Junior grid, Abby Lock and Alfie Glenie followed one another home in eighth and ninth places, respectively, whilst Ted Potts completed the top 10.

All teams and drivers are now focused on the season finale and championship decider, which takes place at Brands Hatch during 20th - 21st October. Sharing the weekend with the infamous Formula Ford Festival, it should be a thrilling end to what has been a fantastic season.

The Fiesta paddock also ensured to pay tribute to the late John Bateman, a former Class A driver who sadly lost his life while racing at Donington Park on the prior weekend. To show their respects, the entire Fiesta fraternity turned out onto the grid along with BRSCC personnel and a handful of members of John’s family members to hold a minute’s silence in his honour. All of the Fiesta competitors also ran commemorative decals on their cars as a further gesture of support. The BRSCC, Fiesta Championship and everyone involved all extend their deepest sympathies and condolences at this difficult time.

Leanne Fahy

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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