Fiesta Juniors' Festival Finale

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Could Ronan Quinn take a breakthrough win at the Festival? (Photo: Rachel Bourne)

The spotlight will fall on our Fiesta Junior Championship drivers this weekend as they end their season on one of the biggest stages in national motorsport. Their finale takes place on the Club’s biggest and most prestigious event on the calendar – the Formula Ford Festival.

This year has been proof that the championship is a prime proving ground for young drivers, further backed up by the fact that several former drivers now find themselves ensconced on the TOCA package.

What’s more, this weekend sees the biggest grid in FJC history! Yes, you read that right – the entry for the final two rounds is up to an amazing 15 cars with two new drivers as part of that line-up. We’ll introduce them to you later, but first of all we’ve got a title battle to detail and it’s set to be an absolute cracker.

On dropped scores, as it stands right now, long time points leader Aaron Thompson holds a slender 5 point margin over teammate and closest rival Michael Higgs. The Jam-Sport pair have been the class of the field for the majority of the season. While Thompson has the runaway number of wins with 7 to Higgs’ 3, it’s Higgs that’s had better fortunes with more consistent points scores thanks to some tricky results suffered by Thompson at Castle Combe and mostly Silverstone, where a double DNF occurred. In fact if dropped scores weren’t a factor, it would be Michael on top. As it happens, they do and Thompson has the advantage. All he needs to do is make sure he outscores Higgs to seal the deal.

There are 3 other drivers who, if results should decide to go favourably in their way, could take a last minute swipe at the top two and claim glory for themselves. 3rd in points is Nathan Edwards, who has one win to his name this season from Castle Combe. He is 25 points off the top and can cause an upset if rivals fall by the wayside. One rookie driver who has been very impressive is Ronan Quinn, who lies 4th in the standings despite not winning a race up until now.

Hot on his heels just 13 points back in 5th is 3-time race winner Carlito Miracco. He, along with Edwards and Alex Tait, has been selected for the MSA Academy, which is designed to help young drivers and engineers learn and develop the required skills for a career in motorsport. We’re absolutely thrilled and wish all 3 the very best of luck. As for Miracco’s endeavours, he has been incredibly impressive to rack up wins in his first year of racing full stop.

As for our newcomers, please be sure to give a warm welcome to Warwick Daden and Danny Harrison to the grid. Both are looking to make the step up from karting with a view to full time campaigns next year. Along with the returning Richard Crisp and the regular contenders, it produces the biggest grid in the championship’s history, even counting its T-Cars days. It’s amazing to see and here’s hoping it only gets bigger and better moving into next season!

So, with the added bonus of racing in front of the Formula Ford Festival paddock, the scene is set for a thrilling season-ender. Thompson holds the advantage, albeit a slender one and will hope to cap his successful year with the overall prize. Only 14 other drivers stand in his way, but he and everyone else will be up to the challenge. Whatever happens, we can guarantee one thing – someone is leaving this weekend as the 2015 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Champion!

Once again, it's set to be a cold one this weekend with the threat of rain on Saturday afternoon which could play a part in our first race later that day. Sunday is looking brighter and dry but no warmer and temperatures look like they'll fluctuate between 5 and 12 degrees! You can tell Autumn's in full swing, can't you? Bring a warm coat, a scarf and also an umbrella just in case. A full forecast can be found here - BRANDS HATCH WEATHER.

Also, the final instructions, provisional timetable and entry list for this weekend's Festival can be found on the main BRSCC site HERE.

Scott Woodwiss

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Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
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2 Nicholas Reeve 378 378
3 James Hillery 364 364