Miracco breaks through at Silverstone

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Miracco made it two from two at Silverstone - Photo: www.bournephoto.co.uk

The next generation of touring car stars in the FJC took their second trip of the year to the home of British motorsport, as Silverstone played host to rounds 11 and 12 of the series, which saw a first victory from one of the paddock’s brightest new additions.

Carlito Miracco, despite competing in only the sixth race weekend of his career, showed that he was handling his steep learning curve with aplomb by clinching a sensational pole position from championship regulars Aaron Thompson and Nathan Edwards. Cameron Pugh and Ronan Quinn rounded out the top 5 whilst Michael Higgs rued a less than satisfactory session which left him 6th on the grid.

This weekend also marked the debut of another newcomer to the series. Bradley Burns brought the #9 car to the paddock for the first time and managed to take to the track for his initial taste of Fiesta Junior action – albeit despite the fact that he’d only received his racing licence the day before practice. That’s certainly what you’d call being thrown in at the deep end!

Race 1 saw Miracco put all of his experience from the previous rounds to good use by producing a trouble-free performance to secure his maiden victory, both in FJC and his racing career. It was certainly a momentous occasion and one which he will savour for seasons to come. Keeping him honest all the way to the flag was Nathan Edwards with Ronan Quinn also displaying his rapid rise to form to round out the podium in 3rd. Michael Higgs and Sikander Hussain completed the top 5.

Miracco then decided that one victory just wasn’t enough and decided to gun for his second in quick succession, starting from pole once more. This time, however, he had the ever improving Quinn hot on his heels for the entire race and despite the #20 closing in to within 3 tenths of a second by the time they reached the chequered flag, it wasn’t enough to halt Miracco from doubling up on what was a magnificent weekend for the youngster from Bookham in Surrey.

Michael Higgs managed to grab a podium in 3rd with Nathan Edwards and Lewis Kent following suit shortly after. Kent would have been pleased with securing a top 5 finish from the weekend after a driveshaft failure saw him drop out from Race 1. As for the most recent additions to the field, Ben Swift was able to make significant progression from his Castle Combe debut to secure a pair of 6th places, while debutant Bradley Burns adapted well to his new surroundings with 8th and 9th respectively.

If lady luck was smiling on Miracco, she was sadly overlooking championship leader Aaron Thompson. The Jam-Sport driver had put car #41 on the front row of the grid for Race 1, only missing out on pole by 0.145 seconds. Unfortunately, he was forced into retirement due to gearbox issues causing the car to be stuck in 4th gear. Despite the Jam-Sport team doing their utmost to fix the issue, Thompson suffered further problems in Race 2 when the alternator cried enough and subsequently let go, which cruelly saw him end the weekend with nothing to show for it.

One thing he does still have to smile about is the fact that he continues to lead the championship, although his non-score from this weekend means his advantage has been severed to just 8 points ahead of teammate and chief rival Michael Higgs after dropped scores. Nathan Edwards remains 3rd, while the successful haul of points from Quinn and Miracco catapults them into contention in 4th and 5th respectively.

The FJC now takes a month’s break before heading north to the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, Northamptonshire on September 19th/20th for rounds 13 and 14. Thompson will know that this will be a key weekend in his title charge and has to do all he can to ensure he leaves with maximum points. Whether or not his rivals will allow him this luxury that easy is a different matter entirely.

You can see all the timing sheets and race results at SILVERSTONE RESULTS

Scott Woodwiss

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