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FJC TITLE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE AT BRANDS HATCH

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Will it be Waite (left) or Kriklywi (right) that leaves Brands Hatch as champion? - Photo: James Roberts

The BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres ends the 2018 season this weekend by returning to a tradition which has lasted ever since the first year of competition back in 2012. After a year’s absence, FJC makes a comeback to its traditional slot on the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in Kent. Thankfully, the return sees an incredible back and forth title battle going all the way down to the wire between two very worthy competitors.

Since the campaign kicked off at the exact same venue back in March, the championship fight has mainly been between two drivers – James Waite and Magnus Kriklywi. Heading into this weekend, the pair are separated by just one points after dropped scores. James set the tone early on with a brace of wins here in Kent back at the opening rounds in March, but bad luck at Cadwell Park gave young Danish driver Kriklywi the chance to double up himself. Rockingham would see them take a win apiece before Waite collected another three wins in a row at Snetterton and the opening race at Castle Combe. Thruxton would see an almighty tussle between the pair in which both once again collected a win each, before Kriklywi brought himself right on Waite’s tail with another double win last time out at Silverstone, while Waite had to settle for two finishes off the podium. Effectively, whoever has the better fortunes this weekend will take the championship and both will be on tender hooks from start to finish until Sunday afternoon.

There’s another close battle also taking place right behind them as the scrap for 3rd place in the standings is even closer. Josh Steed and Isaac Smith both sit right now on 498 points each and, like the leading pair, will need to hope the other driver doesn’t score as well in order to end the season on the podium in the points. Steed is the one holding 3rd due to his sole victory in the damp conditions at Castle Combe, while Smith has come desperately close on more than one occasion with an impressive string of podiums in his debut year. Expect both drivers to be keeping a very close eye on each other throughout the weekend.

Olly Turner isn’t too far behind in 5th place in the standings with four podiums and a further handful of top 5 finishes helping him along the way. That first win has to be a case of when it happens rather than if, as his talent is evident. An incident with teammate Waite at Silverstone wasn’t ideal, however his confidence in himself and the car has to be high going into the final weekend. If it all comes together, perhaps another podium could be on the cards.

Todd Garner has had an unspectacular yet steady and consistent debut season in FJC having picked up three top 5 finishes, incredibly leaving him ahead of double podium finisher and fellow first season rookie Nathanael Hodgkiss as he continues to get quicker. Alfie Glenie has also reached the top 5 on at least one occasion this season, while Abby Lock will certainly be one to watch next season having made exemplary progress throughout 2018 and getting quicker and quicker as each round passes. Plus for the second meeting in a row, new boy Ted Potts joins the grid after impressing many with his initial pace in qualifying at Silverstone and enjoying a relatively competitive start to life in the championship.

A point separating the top two and a tie for 3rd place in the points with two races still to go and everything to play for – once again the Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres is going to be an out and out skirmish between the top four to decide who places where. Who’s your money on to take the title?

Scott Woodwiss

Next Race

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