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HODGKISS TAKES SNETTERTON DOUBLE ON FJC RETURN

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Hodgkiss showed an impressive turn of pace on his Fiesta Junior return - Photo: James Roberts

It was a surprise reappearance from Nathanael Hodgkiss in this year’s BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres as he went on to dominate proceedings at the most recent rounds at Snetterton in Norfolk, taking the fight to the season long drivers including points leader Olly Turner.

During practice and qualifying, Hodgkiss was a constant presence at the top of the times, but when it came to set the grid it was rookie Joseph Loake clinching his first Fiesta Junior pole at only his third attempt. A superb effort saw him on the front row once again with Hodgkiss lining up alongside him in 2nd place. Olly Turner and Ted Potts made up the second row, while Alfie Glenie made up the back of the grid. Sadly, Abby Lock was unfit to race after her incident at Cadwell Park and was advised to sit on the side lines on this occasions, while Joel Wren was also able to make the grid on this occasion either.

Hodgkiss wasted no time in jumping into the lead from the start and was able to ensure that Loake would remain in 2nd place for the duration of Race 1. Over the course of the seven laps, the gap never went over the 1 second barrier and Hodgkiss’ pace was more than strong enough to hold on and proceed to take his first ever Fiesta Junior win in his career. Loake picked up another superb podium finish in 2nd, while Olly Turner was able to further add to his points lead with 3rd place, claiming the position even though he and 4th placed man Ted Potts were both given time penalties for exceeding track limits. Alfie Glenie completed the top 5 finishers with a steady performance.

For the second race, Hodgkiss again took the lead starting from pole but it was Turner who would end up as his main pursuer on this occasion, taking 2nd place from the start and picking up where Loake had left off in giving chase. For most of the race Turner was hardly more than half a second away from the lead, but Hodgkiss had the measure of the championship leader and wouldn’t be headed from start to finish. Nathanael completed his Norfolk double with victory once again, while Turner’s second podium finish of the meeting allowed him to further enhance his points total once again. Ted Potts was able to collect yet another podium finish in 3rd place, with Loake forced to settle for 4th on this occasion and Glenie somewhat off the pace but still clinching a consistant 5th place.

Now there’s a lengthy break for the drivers as we look to the second half of the season, which begins at the end of July with the first of two visits to the superb speedbowl that is Brands Hatch in Kent. One has to wonder if anyone can topple championship leader Turner at this stage!

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