HARRY GOODING - A LOOK BACK AT 2016
With the new Fiesta Junior Championship on the horizon, we took time to speak to outgoing champion Harry Gooding towards the end of last year to talk about his experience in FJC. Harry moves on to pastures new in 2017 but he was full of positive thoughts on his time with us.
Speaking to us back in November, Harry said:
"My year in the Fiesta Junior Championship has been amazing from start to finish. At the start of the year I was hoping to end up in the top 3 in the championship, but when we went to Silverstone for the 2nd round it all stared to change because that is when I got my first podium finish. I managed to finish 2nd in the first race and in the second race managed to go one better and get my first of many wins in the FJC.
After Silverstone, that is when i started to think that I could win the championship so then we went to Rockingham and in the first race I managed to battle from 7th on the grid to 2nd by the 2nd corner and remained there for the whole race. Due to finishing 2nd in the first race, I started 2nd for the last race of the day and we managed to get win number 2. So after that good weekend we went back to where the championship started at the beginning of the year at Snetterton. In the first race, I managed to get 3rd with a damp track making it a lot harder for the drivers. We then started 3rd for the 2nd and last race of the weekend, when the lights went out I managed to get a good start and I was in the lead for about 4 laps. However, I was then forced wide onto the grass by another driver but was able to work my way back up to 2nd place. On the last lap I managed to find a gap for the lead, that was win number 3.
So we then went to my home track Castle Combe, after a successful qualifying session my Jamsport car was on pole position, this was then my 4th win so far, later on that day I repeated the first race with a lights to flag victory meaning my 5th win. So then we moved on to silverstone again, I gained another 2 3rd places even though the weather was constantly changing and the track conditions were different. Anglesey was the penultimate round for the 2016 season, I started 2nd for race one alongside my team mate Callum, I stayed in 2nd the whole race which meant yet another podium. Due to this I started in 2nd for the last race of the day, a good start saw me take the lead early on in the race, as the pack was battling for position behind me I managed to gain a 9 second lead and I got a good start and was on the back of the leading car and made a move onto the back straight and managed to get a 9 second lead gap which took me to my 6th win so far.
However, the season finale at Brands Hatch wasn't as successful as I hoped, I was to start 4th for the first race. After a good start I was leading the pack, however, this wasn't meant to be as contact with another driver put me in the gravel at Graham Hill and out of the rest of the race. Sadly, I was not able to race the last round of the season, which is not how I wanted my season to end. Due to drop scores and being able to drop this round I was too far in front meaning no other drivers could beat me in the championship. I was crowned the 2016 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Champion.
This is an amazing feeling coming into my first year in car racing and coming away champion. I can't thank everyone at Jamsport enough for all their help and support this season, we won this championship as a team as I couldn't of done it without you. and is is a great feeling coming in to my first year in car racing and at the end to have won the championship I can't thank all the Jam-Sport team for all your help and support all year!
We won this championship as a team as I wouldn't of been able to of achieved this all without you. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me all season, I'm so greatful for this. I'd like to say a big thankyou to Maisie Bates and Julieann Bates for everything you have done for me this season. You are all great people and I would like to thank all my family for supporting me all your so grateful for what I do and a big thanks to Maisie Bates and Julieann Bates for everything you've both done for me this season. Thank you everyone."
The question now remains - who's going to follow in Harry's footsteps as Fiesta Junior champion of 2017?