JUNIORS ROLL INTO ROCKINGHAM

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James Waite (#17) could be on the verge of his first win - Photo: James Roberts

It’s been nothing but fast and frantic in the opening rounds of the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship, as this weekend the field of 14-17 year old drivers heads to the tricky combined road course of the Rockingham Motor Speedway. A pair of races await on the International Super Sports Car circuit with the points standings for the top 3 as close as you like.

Carlito Miracco and Harry Gooding took a win apiece last time out at Silverstone, adding to the already consistent results they’d secured at Snetterton. The man they were all chasing at that opening meeting was Elliot Wilson, who seemed to be out of the spotlight last time out has he couldn’t better a 5th place all weekend. With Miracco at the top of the table by a single point from Wilson with Gooding a further 3 points back, there’s definitely no guaranteeing that the table will stay in that order come the end of the weekend. Carlito scored a win here last season, so expect him to run as strong as ever at the front alongside his current championship rivals.

James Waite was another driver who continued to perform well in what was only his second weekend in the Championship. A 3rd place in Race 2 helped him retain his top 5 place in the points. He’s currently sitting behind Lochlan Bearman, who has quietly kept himself out of trouble and allowed a steady haul of points over the first 4 races to help him move into 4th place. A fastest lap in the first race at Silverstone certainly proved he still has more pace awaiting to be unlocked as the season goes on.

Ronan Quinn ran very strongly here in 2015, as he was never out of the top 3 in all but one session  - that being the first race where he ended up 4th. So far this season Ronan has been a driver that appears to be able to dig deep and find pace whenever it’s needed, which should certainly help him here as he comes to Rockingham under the wing of his new team, Finsport. Sikandar Hussain has also continued to make positive strides in his progress, grabbing a 4th place last time out which helped him remain in the top 10. He sits 9th behind Jam-Sport’s Angus Dudley and ahead of Bradley Burns.

Another driver whose position in the points table doesn’t reflect his speed is Callum Hawkins-Row. The Jam-Sport junior secured his first podium of the season at Silverstone with a 3rd place, only for more bad fortunes to come when he became embroiled in the first lap multi-car incident on the opening lap in the following race. A clean weekend seems to be all he needs in order to start racking up the good results, so Callum will surely just want to finish and pick up as many points as possible - preferably minus any drama!

There’s also scope for more drivers to improve on their recent fortunes, such as James Hillery, Danny Harrison, Christopher Mackenzie and Ben Swift to name a few. All had less than satisfactory Silverstone meetings and will be hungry for redemption here at Rockingham. 

Finally, we welcome Nicholas Reeve into the field for the first time. The Romford youngster has now reached the eligible age to compete in the Championship, meaning he is ready to join his fellow FJC competitors to make this weekend's grid the largest in its history with 18 cars!

Any one of a large number of drivers in the field have the potential of at least fighting for strong top 5 finishes. This cements the Fiesta Junior Championship’s status as one of the most competitive junior series around!

Scott Woodwiss

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Donington Park - 14th - 15th Oct 2017

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Croft 16th - 17th Sep 2017

Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Jack Davidson 336 335
2 James Hillery 337 315
3 Nicholas Reeve 315 315