CADWELL PARK UP NEXT FOR FIESTA JUNIORS IN 2019

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Who will come out on top as the Fiesta Juniors head north? - Photo: James Roberts

This weekend, the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres makes another trip north as Cadwell Park plays host to Rounds 5 & 6 of the 2019 season, with a title favourite already beginning to emerge after the opening two meetings.

That title favourite appears to be JamSport’s Olly Turner, who has taken three of the first four race wins so far across Silverstone and Pembrey. Last time out in South Wales, Turner’s weekend got off on the wrong foot as an engine problem discovered in qualifying forced his time to complete a full engine change overnight. Forced to start at the back of the grid, Turner drove his way to 3rd place in Race 1, before picking up the lead in the second race and going on to victory. Olly has entered this season with renewed vigour and determination and it shows in his level of pace and consistency. Whether or not the twisty nature of Cadwell Park will suit him or not remains to be seen.

Arguably, his closest rival at the moment appears to be Joel Wren, who is the one in the four race wins taken so far this year. Joel was able to convert his first pole position into victory the next day in somewhat dominant fashion, however a gearbox problem forced him out of Race 2 whilst also holding 1st place. Now he comes to a circuit that’s somewhat different to the two he’s experienced so far, and he knows he’ll have to work hard to keep up with Turner if he’s to mount a serious challenge for the title.

Alfie Glenie was another star of that Pembrey weekend, coming away with the first ever Fiesta Junior lap record on the new Clubmans layout. This dovetailed his best weekend in the championship to date as 2nd place in the first race was followed up with a 3rd in Race 2, leaving him in a solid 2nd position in the points after an upturn in his fortunes. Alfie will be very keen to keep this going and will hope that Cadwell Park works in his favour. Ted Potts, in contrast, had a weekend he’d probably rather like to forget. A 5th place in Race 1 was all he was able to muster as mechanical issues brought a premature end to his meeting. As such, he will want to respond quickly and Cadwell Park could be the perfect opportunity.

One driver that has been something of a beacon of consistency is Abby Lock, having collected three 4th place finishes along the way in the season so far. This means that going into Cadwell this weekend she sits a very impressive 3rd place, but she knows that she’ll need to unlock a little bit more pace to capture that illusive first podium and maintain her place in the points standings. Then, there’s the new boy – Pembrey saw the debut of Joseph Loake, who had a weekend to remember after he captured a front row start for his first race before he picked up a sensational 2nd place in only his second time in the car. All of this saw him earn the coveted Driver of the Meeting award and with good reason, so all of this will have left Joseph on a high as he heads to his second race meeting. Can he repeat his stunning debut this weekend in Lincolnshire?

It’s certainly going to be a busy weekend for all our Juniors, but Cadwell’s tight and twisty nature will surely give all the drivers a real lesson in how to handle a race car on a circuit that provides a multitude of crests, elevation changes and undulations. Let’s go racing again!

Scott Woodwiss

Next Race

Brands Hatch - 27th - 28th Jul 2019

Last Race

Cadwell Park 11th - 12th May 2019

Current Standings

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