FJC BEGINS A NEW TERM AT SNETTERTON

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The FJC Class of 2016 is ready to get to work - Photo: Rachel Bourne

If there’s one championship which is being highly anticipated this season, it has to be the Fiesta Junior Championship and looking at the numbers, it’s not hard to see why. Using the Mk6 Ford Fiesta ST, drivers aged 14-17 are able to take their first steps into circuit racing from karting with a stable, cost effective platform that allows drivers of varying skill level to get to grips with fairly easily.

With driver registrations at an all-time high, 2016 looks set to be the most exciting FJC year since its inception. Let’s assess the runners and riders…

First of all, there’s the drivers returning for their second season. A selection stand out amongst the paddock, however if you had to pick a favourite for the title from one of them, the prime candidate would most likely be Carlito Miracco. The “Ginger Italian” as he’s affectionately known scored 3 wins towards the end of 2015 in his first year of racing altogether, which is no mean feat. Miracco will have the likes of Ronan Quinn, the Rookie Cup winner and podium finisher, pressing him all the way along with Lewis Kent and Richard Crisp, two impressive drivers from last season who both made top 5 finishes and in Kent’s case a podium.

Then, as you’d expect, there’s the raft of rookie drivers entering their first championship outside of karting. One youngster touted by some as one to watch is Nicholas Reeve, who passed his ARDS test at 13 years old! Impressing his driving coaches, Nicholas’ time in a race car has started superbly which indicates he’s handling the learning curve with ease. Another driver of note is Callum Hawkins-Row who runs with Jam-Sport whilst also receiving backing and support from Team HARD. This gives Callum all the tools to succeed and based on testing impressions, it appears he has the ability to back it up.

Callum is one of four drivers graduating to cars from the karting stable of Cooper Motorsport, who enter their first full season in FJC. Along with the returning Danny Harrison after his debut at the Brands Hatch finale, Lochlan Bearman and James Hillery also make the step up to cars. Having been firm teammates in Minimax karting, the pair graduate as champion and vice champion of their local championship respectively so momentum is definitely on their side.

Outside of that, Harry Gooding emerges as another karting champion having clinched the Southern Championship last season. He campaigns this year with Jam-Sport, as does Angus Dudley who progresses after plying his craft in IAME X30 karting which all in all gives Jamie Going’s Junior line-up a strong outlook. Former Fiesta champion David Ellesley brings his Race Car Consultants team into the frame as well, recruiting Elliot Wilson from Specialized Motorsport along with promoting Junior TKM race winner Jack Davidson.

Completing the grid are drivers either returning or making their own debuts this season and all certain to have points to prove. The likes of Sikander Hussain, Warwick Daden, Ben Swift, Bradley Burns and Cameron Pugh will want to build on their efforts from 2015, while newcomers Mark Hannigan, James Waite and Christopher Mackenzie all have ambitions to make their mark. More new drivers are expected to appear as the season progresses once they reach the age required to compete.

The past couple of seasons have seen FJC’s number grow steadily, with last year’s fields never dipping below double figures. This season, the championship is set to capitalize and improve further on that, with the first round already upon us. Once the lights go out, there’s no time for doubt – the Fiesta Junior class of 2016 is ready to tear up the track!

Scott Woodwiss

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Donington Park 14th - 15th Oct 2017

Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Jack Davidson 392 391
2 Nicholas Reeve 378 378
3 James Hillery 364 364