SILVERSTONE IS THE NEXT TEST FOR FJC

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Jack Davidson si the man in form this season so far - Photo: James Roberts

Two meetings into 2017 and the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship has already thrown up 3 different winners from the first 4 races with more names lining up to take a top step finish for themselves as well. After the excitement of Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park, this weekend sees the first of two visits to the Silverstone National circuit.

Two meetings into 2017 and the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship has already thrown up 3 different winners from the first 4 races with more names lining up to take a top step finish for themselves as well. After the excitement of Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park, this weekend sees the first of two visits to the Silverstone National circuit.

Last season, this layout saw two of the most exciting races of the 2016 season with a three way battle for the lead in the final laps. On that occasion, a first win of his career went the way of Specialized Motorsport’s Nicholas Reeve, who went on to take his second in Cadwell’s opening race from pole position. His raw pace is evident and he returns here with fond memories of last year’s success.

The two drivers who have also tasted victory so far this season both had a weekend of two sides. Jack Davidson and James Hillery each had their low points, but both rebounded spectacularly. An off in qualifying forced Davidson to start from the back of the field in Race 1, but after a charge to 4th by the end and an excursion early in Race 2, his drive to a win in Race 2 was spectacular; perhaps indicative of his title aspirations this year.

As for Hillery, a solid P4 in qualifying for Race 1 turned into a broken driveshaft that forced a no score. From the back in Race 2, Hillery exploded off the line to reach 5th by the end of Lap 1 and eventually narrowly miss out on a podium in 4th. James had some of his best results here back in August last season and has already improved on them so far.

2016 champion Harry Gooding made a surprise last-minute return to Fiesta Juniors at Cadwell and found out that returning to the track after 7 months away doesn’t always mean a smooth return. Whilst clearly on pace with the frontrunners, Gooding couldn’t better a 5th place. That said, don’t let the results on paper fool you. This is still the same driver that took 6 wins and several podiums on his way to the title last year, so now that he’s shaken off the cobwebs, expect car #1 to be challenging for the same position number.

There’s also those who have scored podiums already this season. Both James Waite and Lochlan Bearman, teammates amongst the Jam-Sport stable, have picked up 2 each and the former has looked in great form in what is shaping up to be a full time campaign this year; Waite was only able to complete a part season in 2016 but impressed in the rounds he contested. As for Bearman, his Cadwell weekend was a turnaround in fortunes compared to a less than satisfying Brands Hatch. Two 3rd places were just what he needed to match his expectations for a second season in FJC.

More drivers made strides towards improvement in their pace and in their results. Matt Greenwood has been able to maintain 5th in the points table with a steady but competitive run of points finishes, while rookies Gus Burton and Josh Hislop are also continuing to make progress in leaps and bounds. There was also good development from Jamie-Lea Hawley as she used Cadwell Park to really get up to speed and notch up her first points of 2017. Also be on the lookout for Scott Cansdale, Josh Steed, Warwick Daden, Bradley Kent and Olly Turner, along with the returning Thomas Horton after missing Cadwell Park due to car troubles.

2016 saw 7 different winners in one season. Will Silverstone this weekend take this year’s total up to 5 already? Break time’s over, Juniors – class is back in session.

Scott Woodwiss

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