JUNIORS TO HUNT FOR GOLD ON SILVERSTONE RETURN

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Will a first big result and some good luck finally come the way of James Hillery? - Photo: James Roberts

This year’s class of drivers in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship have all shown incredible skill, speed and maturity when it comes their exploits out on track. While there have also been one or two thrills and spills along the way, the group of 14-17 year old junior drivers have made up one of the finest fields in the Championship’s history, with any number of drivers capable of at least securing a strong top 5 finish.

The man which everyone appears to be out to beat right now is Jam-Sport’s Harry Gooding. With 5 wins under his belt this season, his year is starting to look a lot like that of reigning champion turned senior Fiesta driver Aaron Thompson. Gooding’s brace of victories at the tricky Castle Combe circuit last time out definitely solidifies him as a top driver, so his aim will simply be for more of the same this weekend. His teammate Callum Hawkins-Row was able to rebound from a disappointing second trip to Snetterton with two strong second places in Gooding’s wheel tracks (literally), so a first win for him must surely be on the cards soon.

Despite only joining the championship at Rockingham, Specialized Motorsport’s Nicholas Reeve has been nothing but impressive in the races that have followed since then he’s secured a front row qualifying slot at Snetterton followed by a pair of stellar 3rd places at Combe, meaning that should he choose to run a second season in 2017, he certainly would be in the picture as a possible title contender. His fellow stablemates Sikandar Hussain and Lewis Kent will also be in the mix for strong finishes, with Kent particularly keen to continue his run of good form with two strong 5th places last time.

Then there’s other names to definitely consider. Other race winners from the year include Ronan Quinn, Elliot Wilson and Bradley Burns. Quinn’s drive to victory in changeable conditions at Snetterton in June certainly put his name back on people’s lips, while Wilson hasn’t tasted victory since his double triumph at the same venue back in April. Burns did take a 3rd place on the road at Combe before a penalty knocked him off the rostrum, but seeing as all 3 know how to take 1st place it’s possible that they can strike if other frontrunners trip up.

Another driver who has come oh so close to tasting victory is Lochlan Bearman. His drives at the second Snetterton meeting were his best weekend to date and he almost took the second race were it not for a last lap skirmish with Gooding that denied him. His pace is more than evident when the car is hooked up, so keep an eye on him. The same should also be said for his former karting teammate James Hillery, whose car has been dogged with constant reliability issues that have masked his true pace, in no way reflected by his results. That pace has been seen at some point throughout each meeting so far, so all he and the team needs is a little more luck and good fortune and that first big result is sure to come.

Of course, there’s the rest of the field to consider too, including Cameron Pugh and Jack Davidson who both have at least one podium to their name from this year. Christopher Mackenzie showed some progress last time, as did Angus Dudley while Ben Swift continues to try and find more gains with every session he completes. This weekend is also set to see the appearance of a brand new driver as Josh Steed should make his FJC debut here at Silverstone, having now met the minimum age requirement to compete. Welcome to the paddock, Josh!

There was a lot of great action when the Juniors came here back in April on the International circuit, however with the National layout in use this weekend it’s sure to provide a different kind of challenge. Nevertheless, there’s always a strong chance that we could see another new face on the podium or potentially our 6th different winner of the year this weekend. Who’s your money on for this one?

The entry for this weekend reads 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
#21 - Jack Davidson
#22 - Elliot Wilson
#33 - Angus Dudley
#36 - Lochlan Bearman
#38 - Lewis Kent
#41 - Callum Hawkins-Row
#77 - Christopher McKenzie

You can find a breakdown of the weather forecast via the Met Office here - SILVERSTONE WEATHER.

Also, information on the final instructions, supplementary regulations, timetable and entry list can be found HERE.

Scott Woodwiss

Next Race

Donington Park - 14th - 15th Oct 2017

Last Race

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