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FIESTA JUNIORS RUMBLE BACK TO LIFE AT BRANDS HATCH

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Who will kick start the second half of the season at Brands with victory?

It’s been a long break and they’ve been itching to get back on track, but finally it’s time for our young racers in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship to crack on with the second half of the 2019 season, starting this weekend at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent. They’ll be back here later in the year for the season finale in October with the Formula Ford Festival, but for now there’s still points to be scored in the quest for the title.

Last time we left the Juniors, returnee Nathanael Hodgkiss swept the board with a pair of impressive victories, his first of his FJC career. At the time of writing, Nathanael isn’t due to make an appearance this weekend which leaves the regular title contenders with a chance to get back to business as usual. This will particularly be pleasing for one Olly Turner, who leads the standings by a dominant 60 points over his rivals. Olly really has come of age in 2019 and ever since his emphatic double win at Silverstone to kick off the year, he’s been near unstoppable. From eight races run so far, Olly has won five of them and will be looking to add to that tally further this weekend. The support from his family and his JamSport team has been invaluable and watching him develop to the driver he is now has been quite a journey. His hope will be to take a couple of steps closer to that coveted championship crown.

Behind him, a fierce scrap appears to be developing between Ted Potts and Alfie Glenie. Both have stood on the podium more than one this season, both have managed to bank consistent points hauls and both have also had their share of bad luck with incidents, retirements and mechanical problems. Nonetheless, pace wise Glenie appears to have the advantage having been able to keep up with JamSport teammate Turner on more than one occasion. Potts, meanwhile, continues to get stronger and stronger and his future only looks promising from here on in. Both are certainly potential race winners in the making, but it’s a question of whether that success will come sooner rather than later.

Incredibly, 4th place is where we find newcomer Joseph Loake who has made a sensational impact since he began with us back at Pembrey. He already has a podium or two to his name so far this year and he certainly shows a lot of promise as well as plenty of guts and confidence. While he has been a little erratic on track at times, this will be ironed out over time with more experience and track time, but for now Joseph is learning hard and fast just how competitive circuit racing and this championship really are. Nonetheless, he continues to make impressive progress with every lap he drives.

Next comes Joel Wren, another driver who evidently has bags of talent, but maybe just hasn’t had all the good fortune to go with it. He could have been in contention for victory at Silverstone had it not been for engine issues. He won the first race at Pembrey, before a gearbox issue forced him out of Race 2. Since then, he’s elected to take the steady approach to his points scoring with a 2nd place at Cadwell, and while he missed Snetterton he’s back in the driving seat and ready to make up for lost ground.

Sadly, Abby Lock doesn’t appear to have been cleared to race yet after her Cadwell Park accident and therefore misses this rounds in the hope of reappearing on the grid soon this season. Away from the racing action, there’s also the chance to see the possible next generation of Fiesta Junior drivers get their first chance to try out a race car on track with our special Sampler Sessions taking place on Saturday afternoon. Be sure to keep an eye on them, as any one of them if not all of them could be names you’ll be reading about as contenders for 2020!

Scott Woodwiss

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Brands Hatch 26th - 27th Oct 2019

Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Olly Turner 588 560
2 Joseph Loake 446 446
3 Alfie Glenie 404 404