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LOAKE CONTINUES FJC WINNING RUN AT SILVERSTONE THRILLER

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Loake's rival have closed in, but none could yet stop his winning form - Photo: Jon Elsey

After a successful beginning to their truncated 2020 season, the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship racing with MRF Tyres moved on to the Home of British Motorsport as Silverstone’s National circuit would be the venue for the second weekend on the calendar. After the excellent racing that kicked things off at Cadwell Park, much was expected of the on-track action second time around.

The biggest news was the appearance of four new drivers since the trip to Lincolnshire, all making their debut in the championship and three of them having never raced on a circuit such as Silverstone ever. Alex Sprange and Mitch Marie were both welcome newcomers having never raced anything before and came to Silverstone ready to complete their first-ever competitive race weekends respectively. Alex would be running solo as an independent entry while Mitch brought a new team to the paddock in the shape of Misty Racing, a successful club racing outfit that had succeeded in junior racing elsewhere in the UK as well as run cars a number of different championships and series with various levels of success. Alex Ley became Alastair Rushforth Motorsport’s second driver fresh from karting, as he partnered Will Orton in a car sporting a livery near-identical to that run by Trade Price Cars Racing in the BTCC this year. Plus, Jake Weston made the switch across from one junior championship to another as he made his first FJC appearance, choosing to compete with the successful Race Car Consultants team.

If practice and qualifying showed one thing, it was that the chasing pack had caught up somewhat to double winner at Cadwell Park, Joseph Loake. Rather than clinch pole for Race 1 in qualifying by two seconds in Lincolnshire, testing in between rounds had helped several drivers bring the gap to pole to within a second. Will Orton was just four tenths behind as he lined up on the front row, with Joseph Knight kicking off his weekend in much better fashion with 3rd fastest time. Weston began life in FJC strong with 4th quickest ahead of Sid Smith and Jenson Brickley, followed by Bradley Beavers, Jake Triggs, Albert Webster and Alex Ley.

Loake held the lead from lights out and through Copse and tried to make an early break with Orton looking to go with him, while Weston snatched 3rd from Knight before the first corner before Jake Triggs put him down another place to leave him 5th at the end of the opening lap. The field quickly began to run single file as battles started brewing throughout, as Loake did his best to try and pull away from Orton but was unable to erase him from his mirrors. By Lap 3, Orton was on Loake’s tail and putting him under pressure and over the next few laps kept him honest, but heading towards the closing stages Will’s tyres began to go off and while able to maintain the margin to Loake, he just didn’t have the ultimate pace left in them to make a challenge for the win.

As he had done at Cadwell, it was a lights to flag win for Loake in the first race of the weekend to continue where he left off, while Orton now had three 2nd place finishes to his name and was firmly staking a claim as his nearest challenger for the season. A fantastic three-way dice for 3rd place raged for the entire 15 minutes between Weston, Triggs and Knight over the last podium spot, eventually going to Weston in a statement of intent on his FJC debut, while a light touch between Triggs and Knight at Luffield on the penultimate lap gave the former 4th place. Dylan Hotchin had something of a quiet race to 6th ahead of Albert Webster and Jenson Brickley, followed by Sid Smith and then Bradley Beavers, who was given a 10-second penalty for a false start.

Loake and Orton both started the second race by sweeping to the inside line to cover off Weston on the approach to Copse for the first time and while Loake would lead through the opening lap, Weston made a challenge for 2nd and stole it at Luffield from Orton before the lap was done. Hotchin also made a fast start and picked up two places from the grid up to 4th and immediately he too put the pressure on Orton to knock him out of the podium places, while behind them some awesome racing was taking place for 5th between Knight, Webster, Triggs and co. Heading into Copse on Lap 3, Brickley and Beavers were side by side behind them battling for position and as they turned into together, contact between the pair forced Beavers to run out wide and lose momentum. He managed to continue, albeit a little battle-scarred as a result. At the same time, George Davis was left with nowhere to go in avoidance and tagging the rear of Triggs’ car left him with damage that forced his retirement at Becketts.

Meanwhile, Hotchin was now up to 3rd at Orton’s expense and with Weston being the main pursuer for the lead now, the lesser amount of pressure for Loake was allowing him to create more of a gap this time than he had to Orton in Race 1. Another battle that was providing entertainment was for 6th between Webster, Smith and Brickley, with the latter of the three passing Smith for 7th at Brooklands and then Webster a few corners later to pick up P6. These three plus the returning Triggs would put on a great display of racing throughout the remainder of the race. In front of them, Hotchin had caught Weston with Orton still trying to tag along with 4th. After a few laps of chasing and with time running out, Hotchin attempted a dive inside at Becketts, but Weston closed the door which caused contact between both drivers and as they slid wide, Orton picked up the pieces to steal 2nd place away. Weston carried on but now under threat from Knight, while Hotchin was forced out a couple of corners with subsequent damage from the contact.

Out in front, there was still no stopping Loake as he took the chequered flag to continue his unbroken run of race wins with four from four. Orton admitted he was lucky to get 2nd as an ABS issue had hampered his pace early on but another strong result was vital and well received. Weston made it two podiums in his first FJC weekend just ahead of Knight, with Brickley surviving his early contact to take 5th place. Alex Ley would end up in a superb 6th ahead of Webster in 7th and Beavers in 8th, and the other two debutants of the weekend rounded it off with top 10 finishes, as Alex Sprange captured 9th and Mitch Marie took 10th.

Next on the calendar is a trip to another classic British circuit, as the exceptional Donington Park National circuit in Leicestershire plays host to what’s sure to be two more exciting races for the junior championship that’s on its way back up!

Scott Woodwiss

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Croft 31st Oct 2020

Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Joseph Loake 412 362
2 William Orton 342 312
3 Bradley Beavers 298 268