Terrific Thompson Takes The Title!

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An ebullient Thompson celebrates his emphatic title victory - Photo: James Roberts

He may have had to wait until the very last race of the season, but in the end Romford's Aaron Thompson did everything that was required at Brands Hatch to secure the 2015 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship.

On a weekend in which the Juniors shared the paddock with the runners and riders of the Formula Ford Festival with their biggest grid to date, it was a chance for them to strut their stuff in front of any potential future teams.

Thompson claimed the early advantage in practice, setting fastest time by almost 2 tenths of a second from title rivals Nathan Edwards, Michael Higgs and outside bet Carlito Miracco. The returning Richard Crisp did well to set 5th fastest time. Moving into Saturday afternoon, the Brands Hatch Indy circuit produced one of the most competitive qualifying sessions of the season, with the entire 15 car entry separated by just 2.3 seconds. It was particularly close at the top of the times as Edwards was the man to claim pole, but only by 0.032 from Thompson with Higgs a further half a tenth back in 3rd. Miracco was hot on their heels to line up 4th ahead of Ronan Quinn and Richard Crisp. Alex Tait was one driver to particularly impress, lining up 11th for Race 1 only 1.7 seconds off pole, highlighting his rapid rate of progression since the start of the season.

Amongst the line-up there was a warm welcome to two new faces. Cooper Motorsport entered Danny Harrison for the final round and likewise Daden Motorsport for Warwick Daden, two drivers making their debut in Fiesta Juniors with a view to potentially considering a full season next year.

Come race time, it was Higgs who got the best start and led away from the line with Thompson in pursuit in 2nd, as Edwards dropped to 4th by the end of Lap 1. The top two were never more than just under a second apart from each other for the majority of the race. Thompson appeared to bide his time until striking for the lead on lap 14, which he duly took. He then ran away to a lead of over 3 seconds to take win number 8 of the season the flag from Higgs, taking him one step closer to the championship. Miracco pressured for 2nd towards the end of the race and finished 3rd on the road, however he was handed a 5 second penalty for track limits. This gave Quinn the final step on the rostrum, only for Miracco’s penalty to be rescinded later on and his podium reinstated.

Edwards ended up 5th ahead of Elliot Wilson with Cameron Pugh and Richard Crisp 7th and 8th respectively. Both of FJC’s newest recruits impressively made the top 10 in their very first race with Daden 9th and Harrison 10th.

As the final race of the season came around on Sunday, Thompson knew that he only needed a top 8 finish to seal the deal. Starting from pole as a result of his Race 1 win wasn’t going to damage his chances, although by the end of the first lap, it was Higgs at the end of the field with Miracco in tow and Thompson behind both in 3rd. This didn’t seem to faze Thompson one bit and the top 3 stayed as it was, helped by the appearance of the safety car midway through following Daden’s excursion into the Druids gravel. There was also contact prior to that when Harrison’s lunge to make a move at Graham Hill Bend didn’t come off, resulting in significant contact with Ben Swift.

After the restart, the status quo remained and the top 3 took the flag in the same order. Higgs clamed his 4th win of the season with Miracco 2nd, but behind it was Thompson who had done all he needed to be crowned the champion. Edwards completed his final race of the year in 4th and Crisp sealed another impressive top 5 behind. Quinn just missed out to settle for 6th ahead of Cameron Pugh, while Lewis Kent held off the attentions of Bradley Burns and Ben Swift to secure 8th.

So, after 16 dramatic and intense races which saw the Fiesta Junior Championship grow even further than it has done already, Aaron Thompson put all his knowledge gained from last year to good use and put in a sterling effort all season to lift the 2015 crown. He, along with Higgs, Edwards and Tait will move to pastures new with the new champ touting the Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship as his next destination, with a chance to wrestle the Class C crown from fellow young hotshot James “JJ” Ross. As for the other 3, their paths are somewhat unknown, although Higgs’ association with Jam-Sport could see him consider a move into the Renault Clio Cup on the ToCA package.

It’s been an incredible 2015 and to that end, we say thanks to all involved, both with the British Racing and Sports Car Club and all of our teams and drivers. Next season has the makings to be even bigger and better and we hope you’ll join us once more to see who the next future stars of tomorrow may be. Once again, congratulations to Aaron Thompson – your new BRSCC Fiesta Junior Champion!

Scott Woodwiss

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