KRIKLYWI CLAIMS 2018 FIESTA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

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Kriklywi becomes the fis

It was a championship showdown to remember for our Fiesta Junior drivers at Brands Hatch last weekend (20th - 21st October). Under the unseasonably warm Autumn sunshine, our tribe of junior racing aces performed their best, in front of the BRSCC Formula Ford Festival crowd.

With just one point separating the two title contenders, James Waite held the advantage over chief rival Magnus Kriklywi. Despite the latter controlling the early pace during practice and qualifying, topping the times in each, there was certainly everything to play for, and in true showdown style it went right down to the wire.

Using his pole position start to the full, Kriklywi led the way into Paddock Hill Bend as race one got off to a flying start. Determined to dismantle him, Josh Steed quickly appeared alongside as the field disappeared down the Paddock Hill drop.

As the 10-car strong grid navigated their way around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, Oliver Turner and Nathanael Hodgkiss followed one another off line, as the pair ran onto the grass exiting Graham Hill Bend. Quickly composed, the duo soon rejoined the track and began chasing the rest of the field.

As lap three came into sight, Kriklywi had a firm hold on top spot, defending from those behind. Still keen to dislodge the championship pretender, Steed was hot on his heels, maintaining a close distance with each tour. Isaac Smith remained a strong contender in third place, with current championship leader, James Waite in fourth place.

With a quarter of the race distance almost complete, Abby Lock suddenly found herself in a spin as she headed down hill towards Graham Hill Bend. As the rear of the car came to a halt against the tyre barrier, the youngster soon rejoined, albeit with the pit lane as her final destination. With damage to her Fiesta Junior machine, Lock's race sadly ended rather too soon.

As race one progressed we were far from plain sailing. Champion elect James Waite was the next to suffer bad luck, when his car began to smoke intermittently before slowing rapidly with each lap. As he carefully steered towards the chequered flag, damage limitation was key, in a bid to minimise disruption to his title prospects.

A solitary end to race one saw Kriklywi claim victory by over five seconds to Josh Steed. Isaac Smith secured a commanding third place, ahead of Hodgkiss, Turner, Todd Garner Alfie Glenie and Fiesta Junior newcomer Ted Potts. Although last of the finishers, Waite managed to limit the damage to his title hopes.

With just one race remaining of the 2018 Fiesta Junior Championship it was set to be a fiercely entertaining, and somewhat nerve-racking finale. With Kriklywi and Waite positioned at opposite ends of the grid, we were ready for 20 action-packed minutes of racing.

Another good start for Josh Steed saw him settle alongside Kriklywi, as he and Isaac Smith made it a three-way battle for control, as the trio headed into Paddock Hill Bend. With space quickly vanishing, the drivers regrouped, with Smith coming out on top.

Sadly the start of lap two saw another abrupt end to the race for Abby Lock, as she landed in the infamous Paddock Hill gravel trap, unable to rejoin.

Chasing that illustrious first win, Smith set the pace, with Steed mere millimetres adrift of his rear bumper. As Steed got closer, Smith executed a perfect drive, enough to hold him off for a number of laps.

As the pair rounded Paddock Hill Bend at mid distance, Steed saw his opportunity. Knowing the outside line wouldn't work in his favour, he quickly darted back to the inside. Although initially denied by leader Smith, Steed managed to carry the speed out of Paddock Hill, as the pair rushed towards Druids. Positioned on the inside around Druids lined Steed up perfectly for the pass into the lead.

Seeing the top two battle amongst themselves, Kriklywi managed to catch up, as he began to hassle Smith for second place. Despite an initial scrap, Smith held his ground to implement a sterling drive.

Just three laps from the final chequered flag of the season, Alfie Glenie was another driver to fall foul of the Paddock Hill gravel. With Lock's stricken car still in position against the barrier, the inevitable happened, with Glenie's Fiesta coming to a fierce stop against it. A quick hug for the pair and all was forgiven, as attentions returned to the final few laps and the championship decider.

A commanding second half of the race for Steed saw him seize the spoils, to claim his second race win this season and also the prestigious Driver of the Day accolade. Smith held onto second place, some four seconds ahead of the 2018 Fiesta Junior Champion, Kriklywi. Chief title rival, Waite finished just behind in fourth place. Hodgkiss, Turner and Potts completed the finishers, in fifth, sixth and seventh places, respectively.

Despite finishing equal on accrued points, it was Kriklywi who had the edge when dropped scores came into play. A dominant season from both parties saw Kriklywi and Waite each claim seven race victories, with either rarely without a podium finish.

Josh Steed claimed third place in the final championship standings. Other than our championship contenders, Steed was the only other driver to win this season, an impressive feat in itself. Isaac Smith was awarded fourth place in the overall standings, ahead of Olly Turner, Todd Garner, Nathanael Hodgkiss, Alfie Glenie, Abby Lock and Ted Potts.

It has been a superb season for our Fiesta Junior drivers, we have enjoyed some spectacular races, but now we look ahead to 2019. Hopefully we will see some of our juniors return to the series next year. Maybe others will move up to the senior Fiesta Championship. Either way we wish you all the best for next season.

Leanne Fahy

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