SNETTERTON: TAKE TWO FOR FJC

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Another healthy FJC grid returns to where it all began this season - Photo: James Roberts

We’re three meetings in to the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship for 2016 and now that dropped scores come into play, it means the championship remains to be as close as ever. This weekend’s return to Snetterton will see our junior drivers reach the halfway point of the season and by the looks of it, the race for the title is set to be closer than ever.

At the top of the pile, the top 3 are only separated by just 4 points with Jam-Sport’s Harry Gooding in control. His two wins this season at Silverstone and Rockingham have been coupled to an impressive string of podium and top 5 finishes, all of which have given him a strong chance of gunning for the title this season. Behind him there could very well likely be a shake-up for 2nd place onwards as Carlito Miracco is not expected to be in attendance this weekend, leaving him vulnerable to slip down the table with two non-scores. Elliot Wilson returns to Norfolk knowing that on his first visit at the beginning of the season, he came away with two rather commanding victories. One wonders whether he’ll be able to repeat his success from April on this occasion. As such, he is only a point away from passing Miracco’s tally, so a couple of solid scores this weekend should see him right.

A battle that’s becoming just as fraught is the scrap for 4th which sees the next 6 drivers in the table covered by merely 9 points. Bradley Burns catapulted himself to the head of that pack with an exceptional debut win for Daniels Motorsport at Rockingham followed by a 2nd place from the subsequent pole, so his new found pace will certainly give him an air of confidence on this occasion. Specialized Motorsport’s Sikandar Hussain has certainly been silencing his critics with some impressive performances so far, most of which have been netting him strong top 5 scores. This is enough for 5th in points right now and expectations will be for more of the same. Another driver enjoying a successful debut year is Lochlan Bearman of Cooper Motorsport, with regular top 10s placing him higher than some drivers who have already finished on the podium this season.

James Waite has also been a driver to watch with 3 podiums to his name already, however poor luck at Rockingham meant he could do no better than 15th in the second race, leaving him wanting more than just 7th in the table. Having come close already, is a first win on the cards soon? We’ll have to wait and see. Ronan Quinn is another driver to have suffered mixed fortunes – from the highs of a podium at Silverstone to the lows of the testing times he suffered at Rockingham. However with both having joined new teams in Jam-Sport and Fin-Sport respectively, it could spell a turnaround for them here this weekend.

The one driver that is surely expected to continue his rise up the table is Callum Hawkins-Row as 3 podiums from the last 4 races have seen him play catch-up after a tricky first few races. Having come close at Rockingham, a first win is also something he’s desperate to put a line through and here at Snetterton it could just happen. Other drivers who have been steadily improving include Jack Davidson, Danny Harrison, Angus Dudley and Cameron Pugh, the last of those even powering his way to pole in Rockingham qualifying. Specialized’s new boy Nicholas Reeve also shone on his debut last time, netting an impressive 6th place in his very first race.

On a final note, spare a thought for the recent fortunes of local lad James Hillery of HillWood Motorsport, whose terrible luck in the past two meetings hasn’t been a reflection of his flashes of true pace. Despite having to change an engine and two gearboxes throughout the last two meetings, incidents and mechanical problems have blighted any chances of top scores. Now back on home turf, the team and James will want redemption for their woes.

The entry list for this weekend is as follows:

#4 - James Hillery
#5 - Ben Swift
#7 - Cameron Pugh
#9 - Bradley Burns
#12 - Nicholas Reeve
#15 - Sikandar Hussain
#16 - Harry Gooding
#17 - James Waite
#19 - Danny Harrison
#20 - Ronan Quinn
#21 - Jack Davidson
#22 - Elliot Wilson
#33 - Angus Dudley
#36 - Lochlan Bearman
#38 - Lewis Kent
#41 - Callum Hawkins-Row
#77 - Christopher Mackenzie

The Fiesta Juniors just about stole the show at Rockingham as some expected that they would. With the championship continuing to be as close as it is right now, that doesn’t seem set to change any time soon. Enjoy seeing the stars of the future battle it out for the top step of the podium this weekend!

You can find all the information regarding this weekend via the BRSCC website HERE.

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