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LOAKE DOMINATES FIESTA JUNIOR SEASON OPENER AT CADWELL PARK AS CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS IN SUPERB FASHION

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Loake was untouchable all weekend to start the 2020 FJC season in style - Photo: Jon Elsey

It had been a long wait and a long winter of hard work and effort, and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic meant we had to wait a little longer to see the latest group of drivers contesting the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres for 2020, but finally, they were able to get out on track for the opening rounds at Cadwell Park, a challenging, tight and twisty circuit that saw all but one driver in the entry contesting their first ever circuit racing weekend.

That one driver returning for a second campaign was Joseph Loake, who immediately set out his stall and after topping free practice on Saturday morning, he went on to set a pole position time in qualifying that was a staggering two seconds quicker than anyone else, showcasing that he clearly was the favourite for the season. Will Orton was best of the new drivers with 2nd fastest to line up on the front row for Race 1, ahead of fellow karting graduate Dylan Hotchin in 3rd fastest, followed by former junior short oval racers Jenson Brickley and Albert Webster in the top 5, then Bradley Beavers starting 6th ahead of Jake Triggs, George Davis, Sid Smith, Joseph Knight and Brianne Davis.

Loake wasted no time in jumping into the lead from the start and ended the opening lap with a margin of almost four seconds, a staggering time difference after just one lap to the rest of the pack, with Hotchin up to 2nd from Webster and Orton. Loake was simply uncatchable all race and once he’d managed to get at least 10 seconds out in front, he conserved his pace and his tyres to ensure he got to the chequered flag trouble-free. Reeling off the rest of the 15 minute race lap by lap, he managed to take the first win of the 2020 season by over 13 seconds in the end, sending a clear warning shot to the rest of the paddock that he was the man to beat.

This meant the main battle was for 2nd place downwards, as Webster passed Hotchin for 2nd for the end of Lap 2 and Orton followed him through shortly after to set up a showdown for the podium places. A mistake from Webster allowed Orton to slip through up to P2 and with the clear air around him, Will was also able to drive without any pressure and begin his circuit racing career in fine style with 2nd place at the finish. Webster was also able to get back up to speed quickly and could keep both Jenson Brickley and Dylan Hotchin at bay by a few seconds to retain the final rostrum slot with 3rd, also scoring his first podium finish in his inaugural start. George Davis and Hotchin enjoyed a great back and forth battle over 4th, which eventually went the way of Hotchin as George ended up dropping behind JamSport’s Bradley Beavers as he completed the top 5 with Davis in 6th. Jenson Brickley could have scored a better result had it not been for a mistake on Lap 5 that lost him several seconds and eventually dropped him to 7th at the flag, followed by Sid Smith in 8th after an incident in qualifying and Briannie Davis, who was getting to grips with racing with a manual gearbox for the first time and survived her first race to finish 9th.

From the start of Race 2, Loake again managed to get the jump on everyone, while Webster beat Orton into 2nd ahead of Beavers and Brickley, with George Davis in 6th as they headed around the opening lap. Webster quickly tried to keep pace with Loake as he pulled a small gap on Orton, who in turn set off to try and catch him to leave Brickley, Beavers and Hotchin to scrap over 4th. Hotchin made a bold pass into Coppice inside of Beavers for 5th and was immediately pushing on to apply pressure to Brickley as he made the aim of making up places over the next few laps. Just ahead, a mistake from Webster put Orton on his back bumper but while he seemed to recover initially, a potential missed shift gave Orton the invitation he needed to make an outside pass at Park Corner to pick up 2nd place. This battling brought Brickley and Hotchin into play, the latter daring to dive inside for 4th at the Hairpin as he continued his pursuit of a first podium.

Webster ensured he remained on Orton’s tail as the pair circulated together with Hotchin trying to use the clear air available to close in on them and sure enough the trio were nose to tail with Brickley keeping a watching brief in 5th place. Hotchin dared to make a second dive at the Hairpin as this time he snatched 3rd from Webster, and in Albert’s efforts to reclaim it he put a wheel onto the grass heading into Charlies and ended up sliding out over the grass at high speed. Keeping the car off the barriers, Webster ambled his way back onto the track but further down the order than he would have liked. Out in front, Loake appeared to be in a class of his own and once again took a lights to flag win from pole in dominant fashion to effectively hold maximum points leaving Cadwell Park thanks to superb driving all weekend.

For 2nd place, Hotchin put Orton under real pressure in the final couple of laps, but Orton managed to put his car in all the right places at all the right times to retain track position and claim his second podium finish in as many races, although Hotchin was still equally delighted with his first circuit racing silverware by taking 3rd place. Brickley scored an improved result with 4th ahead of Beavers in 5th, followed by an excellent 6th place for George Davis ahead of the recovering Webster in 7th, then Triggs, Knight and Briannie Davis. Sid Smith was sadly unable to make the flag, but showed encouraging improvements in his pace with every lap he drove.

Now the championship moves on to Silverstone in Northamptonshire, the “Home of British Motorsport”, on September 12/13 after the originally scheduled Anglesey rounds on August 22/23 were sadly cancelled due to the ongoing Welsh Government restrictions thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, the Juniors will still get a chance to race on the Welsh Coast this year, as their Anglesey round has been rescheduled to November 6/7 at the popular Race of Remembrance event. We’re looking forward to it already!

Scott Woodwiss

 

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Joseph Loake 307 307
2 William Orton 280 280
3 Bradley Beavers 204 204