HILLERY AND DAVIDSON OPEN THEIR ACCOUNTS AT BRANDS HATCH
This past weekend at Brands Hatch saw the opening two rounds of the 2017 BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship burst into life and while there were a whole host of “freshman” competitors tackling their first weekend of circuit racing, it was left to two “sophomore” drivers to each claim the first victories of their careers.
Ironically, both of them would start on the front row of the grid as Jam-Sport’s Jack Davidson and HillWood Motorsport’s James Hillery lined up alongside each other, ahead of James Waite, Lochlan Bearman and Nicholas Reeve. All 5 of the above mentioned drivers were expected to be front runners all season.
From the start of race 1, Davidson sprinted into an early lead that he would hold for approximately half the race distance. That was when for the first time in FJC history, the Code 60 flag was thrown after new boy Thomas Horton made an unfortunate exit into the gravel at Paddock Hill when an engine mount broke, ending his weekend prematurely. After all drivers had slowed to 60kph in a controlled manner and the incident was clear, Hillery was quick to pounce on the restart as he snatched 2nd from Waite before hunting down Davidson.
In just a handful of laps, Hillery caught an ailing Davidson whose tyres looked as though they were past their best. Into Druids, Hillery made the move stick and would stay at the head of the pack to the flag to take his first win from Davidson in 2nd and James Waite eventually taking 3rd, while Nicholas Reeve and junior racing convert Matthew Greenwood rounded out the top 5.
On into the second race with Hillery starting from pole, but again it would be Davidson that would hold the advantage and the lead for the majority of the race. On this occasion, however, his nearest challenger was Specialized Motorsport’s Reeve, who hounded him for the majority of the race. The two drivers appeared to match each other lap after lap, corner after corner and while Reeve closed in to as little as under 0.2 seconds, he couldn’t overhaul a victorious Davidson. That said, Reeve could still enjoy his first podium of the year, while Hillery backed up his Race 1 success with 3rd place. Waite had to settle for 4th place while Lochlan Bearman endured battles with fellow Jam-Sport drivers Matt Greenwood and Gus Burton to eventually come out on top.
The results leave Davidson atop the points table with a 2 point advantage over Hillery with Reeve a further 3 points back in 3rd. Waite holds station in 4th while the highest of the new drivers is Greenwood who sits in 5th. Just two points separate Lochlan Bearman, Warwick Daden and Josh Steed while Josh Hislop and Bradley Kent complete the top 10.
Next up, a new challenge for all of our drivers – the fearsome and notorious Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire where the Juniors will get their first taste of a circuit that’s been dubbed the “mini-Nurburgring” by some. Full of elevation changes, twists and turns, this will be a key test for both driver and machine as setup for Cadwell’s many different corners will be crucial.
You can find the full breakdown of the results from Brands Hatch via TSL Timing HERE.