A JUNIOR WEEKEND ON THE WELSH COAST

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Burns is back on winning form after taking a victory at Silverstone - Photo: Marvin Hall

The cars and stars of the sensational Fiesta Junior Championship have certainly stolen the show at a number of the meetings they’ve appeared on the timetable and in many ways, they did just that in two sensational races last time out at Silverstone on the National circuit. With the first encounter contested on a dry circuit and the second in very tricky wet conditions, this season’s talented pack of 14-17 year old racers displayed some wonderful racecraft that just cements why FJC is seen as one of the benchmarks of junior racing.

That weekend was also special for one clear reason – a 6th different winner for 2016. Specialized Motorsport’s Nicholas Reeve from Romford claimed pole position for Race 1 and withstood substantial pressure from both race winner Bradley Burns and current championship leader Harry Gooding to take his first win in only his 4th weekend of circuit racing. His win was so impressive that he car was even checked before this weekend to ensure it complied with the regulations, which it dutifully did so. An impressive 2nd place also added to the pair of podiums from Castle Combe, meaning he’s the in-form man at the moment.

That said, Somerset’s Gooding certainly didn’t do his points advantage any harm as a brace of 3rd places helped him maintain his advantage at 41 points from Elliot Wilson. By contrast, Wilson’s fortunes took an unfortunate nosedive after getting caught in a first lap multi-car incident in Race 1, before taking 8th in Race 2. Burns’ win and 2nd helped him cement 4th place in the standings, as he sits behind surprise package Lochlan Bearman. Even though Specialized’s newest member of their roster has only taken to the podium a couple of times, a consistent run of solid points scores have helped him maintain a strong 3rd place only 2 points away from Wilson.

Callum Hawkins-Row is one driver who has come desperately close to his first victory with several podiums but as of yet, it hasn’t come to fruition. Then again, there’s always the possibility that as every race weekend comes around that this time it may just happen. One man who certainly pressed him hard in Silverstone’s first race was James Hillery, whose car troubles finally seem to be behind him and after a terrific battle scored his best result of 5th, followed up by P6 in the wet later that day. Danny Harrison also raced well in the wet to get as high as 3rd at one point, showing his pace is evident when fortunes go his way.

Sikander Hussain and Lewis Kent had great battles all the way through, while Cameron Pugh and Ben Swift were also victims of the first lap incident in Race 1. Jack Davidson and Angus Dudley will also hope that this weekend sees them take away strong results to add to their points tallies.

The entry list for this weekend consists of:

#4 - James Hillery
#5 - Ben Swift
#7 - Cameron Pugh
#9 - Bradley Burns
#12 - Nicholas Reeve
#16 - Harry Gooding
#19 - Danny Harrison
#21 - Jack Davidson
#22 - Elliot Wilson
#33 - Angus Dudley
#36 - Lochlan Bearman
#38 - Lewis Kent
#41 - Callum Hawkins-Row

It’s the penultimate meeting of the season before the Juniors take to the infamous Brands Hatch circuit amongst the Formula Ford Festival, so for some drivers it could be their last chance to score a big result and impress before the title fight takes centre stage. That said, this weekend will also be the first visit to Anglesey for most if not all of the drivers, so perhaps that could be the catalyst that prompts our 7th different winner from this season? Only time will tell…

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