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WREN AND TURNER SHARE BRANDS HATCH FJC HONOURS

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A win each allowed both Wren and Turner to keep their championship campaigns on track - Photo: Jon Elsey

It was a long wait for the young chargers of the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres to get back on track after a long summer break, but finally it was time for the second half of the 2019 season to get underway at Brands Hatch in Kent, with championship leader Olly Turner hoping to extend his lead in the points standings.

Joel Wren was able to pick up pole position in a disrupted qualifying session on Saturday after the red flags came out for Joseph Loake. The Race Car Consultants youngster hit the barriers exiting Paddock Hill Bend moments after he’d taken provisional pole, forcing him to move to a back up ca for the rest of the weekend. Despite this, Loake would still line up on the second row of the grid, while Turner would be on the front row for next to Wren for Race 1.

Before the race had even started, Aflie Glenie was forced out on the formation lap with mechanical problems, meaning he would have to sit out the first race. From the start, Wren led the way and maintained 1st place over the opening half of the race, before Turner found a way past on Lap 6. However, a mere two laps later Turner would suffer mechanical problems of his own forcing out of the race and pulling off the road at Graham Hill Bend. This left Wren re-inheriting the lead he’d held for most of the race and went on to secure his second victory of the season. Loake took another podium with 2nd place and Potts did likewise with a solid drive to 3rd.

With all five cars back to full strength and able to start Race 2, it was Wren who once again grabbed the lead courtesy of his pole position while Turner quickly blasted his way up to 2nd place by the end of the opening lap. Turner maintained his pursuit of Wren and stuck on his tail until the #41 would encounter technical problems of his own. Joel’s car slowed on the pit straight much in the same way Turner’s car had done just before he retired from Race 1 and while his chances of victory were gone, he elected to carry on in a bid to still score some valuable points. Back at the front, Joseph Loake took over the mantle as Turner’s main pursuer and was able to keep the gap to the lead at under a second throughout the rest of the race. Nevertheless, Turner’s pace was enough to keep him at bay and he romped home to his sixth win of the 2019 season, further cementing his championship lead with three meetings to go. Loake bagged yet another podium in his debut season with 2nd place, followed by Potts in 3rd ahead of Glenie in P4 and an ailing Wren able to nurse his car to the flag in 5th place.

Next up there’s a shorter break as the season heads over to Anglesey in north Wales for Rounds 11 and 12 on August 17th/18. Join us there!

Scott Woodwiss

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Silverstone International - 5th - 6th Oct 2019

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Anglesey 17th - 18th Aug 2019

Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Olly Turner 524 484
2 Ted Potts 444 410
3 Joseph Loake 408 408