BURNS TAKES A BRANDS BRACE, GOODING CROWNED CHAMP

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Harry Gooding confirms he's #1 in Fiesta Juniors for 2016! - Photo: James Roberts

On a weekend in which those involved were able to share the spotlight with those competing in the prestigious Formula Ford Festival, the final rounds of the 2016 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit played out in spectacular fashion.

Along with two new debutants in Scott Cansdale and Josh Steed, the 18 car strong field were met with bright, sunny conditions and a typical Autumn chill. Qualifying produced one or two surprising results, the most of which was a rather unexpected front row. Scotland’s Jack Davidson took a stellar pole position from Danny Harrison, while James Waite’s return netted him 3rd quickest alongside champion elect Harry Gooding with Elliot Wilson and Bradley Burns.

Gooding’s weekend, however, would last no longer than the opening lap of the first race, after contact between himself, Danny Harrison and Lewis Kent saw them out on the opening lap, while returnee Warwick Daden, Ben Swift and Cameron Pugh were 3 more drivers that would not see the end of Lap 1. A lengthy safety car period to clear the stricken cars left Burns in the lead from Waite and Davidson, with the top 2 pulling away from the rest by a couple of tenths per lap. While Waite continued to try and hunt down the leader, in the end Burns would go on to take his 3rd win of the season, while Davidson took his second podium of the year in 3rd. Elliot Wilson and Callum Hawkins-Row would complete the top 5.

For the final race of the year, Harry Gooding was unable to make it out however with the ability to use both races that weekend as his dropped scores, this in turn meant that he was all but confirmed as the champion. With one more race to truly decide it, Burns started the final race of the year from pole position alongside James Waite, with Jack Davidson and Elliot Wilson and Callum Hawkins-Row and Nicholas Reeve on Row 3.

Thankfully the second race was trouble free with no safety cars, as Burns instantly tooked to the front and stayed there throughout, despite substantial pressure from Waite in the closing stages after hunting Burns down for several laps which allowed him to take another 2nd place. Once again Jack Davidson looked on from a distance in 3rd, while Elliot Wilson ended an up-and-down season in 4th ahead of an equal best 5th from James Hillery, another driver whose year had been a mixed bag of fortunes thanks to his car’s reliability issues.

However, the main story of the weekend was indeed that, after 16 rounds of the best Fiesta Junior Championship in history, Harry Gooding and Jam-Sport walked away as the champions for the year. A superb effort from all involved and many, many thanks go to all of our drivers, their friends and families, teams, partners, suppliers and the BRSCC for their help, support and participation. The FJC family looks to grow even stronger in 2017 and we hope that you’ll all join us to be a part of it. Can next year top 2016? Who knows!

You can find the full breakdown of the final meeting’s results via TSL Timing HERE. A full detailed report will be available in due course, along with the TV highlights that will be uploaded to the BRSCC’s YouTube channel very soon.

Scott Woodwiss

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Current Standings

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