Our Class of 2017 will be itching to get back on track once again in Norfolk - Photo: James Roberts

The Fiesta Junior Championship is now entering an important phase of the 2017 season. A time when results really start to matter and one small slip up from any of the title contenders could either seriously damage their chances or even spell game over. Snetterton in Norfolk is the host setting with plenty of talking points after a dramatic Rockingham meeting last time.

It was dramatic mainly for points leader Jack Davidson, who has dropped scores to count on as his saving grace after suffering terrible luck. Despite starting the weekend strong with pole for Race 1, a mechanical issue saw him stop just moments after the formation lap started. With a non-score from Race 1, Davidson then started the 2nd race from the back and while he did charge up to as high as 4th place, more technical problems reared their ugly head that left him scoring zero points. With those two results dropped and his lowest points score also taken into account, Davidson is still points leader by 11 points from Nicholas Reeve, meaning that while he does still hold the advantage, it’s not a massive one.

Reeve himself had a weekend of two sides at Rockingham – a first lap retirement in Race 1 also left him with work to do in the second race, but the Specialized Motorsport youngster charged through to take a hard fought 4th place finish. Reeve will be hoping that more podiums and even another win comes his way this weekend. Speaking of wins, James Waite was able to pick a long awaited maiden victory 14 months after debuting in the championship and followed that up with a 2nd place to cap a very strong meeting. He will certainly be carrying the momentum here at Snetterton.

James Hillery is another driver who saw the podium twice at Rockingham, as 2nd and 3rd help him hold equal 3rd in the points with Waite. This was despite an apparent engine issue all weekend, but Hillery appeared to be able to drive around it and score a pair of valuable points hauls. Another win could be on the cards on his and his team’s home circuit, but it was his teammate Scott Cansdale whose impressive surge in form finally saw him pick up his own first win of his career in the second Rockingham race, which helped to quash the disappointment of being penalised for starting out of position in Race 1 through no fault of his own, leading him to lose his 2nd place in that race.

Lochlan Bearman returns to the circuit where he picked up his best results of the season last year with a pair of 2nd places and is desperate to go one better this time, while Gus Burton took to the podium for the first time at Rockingham and will be keen to pick up another one this weekend. Jam-Sport stablemate Matt Greenwood continues to get better and better with every race he drives, Josh Steed managed his best result so far last time with 5th place in Race 1 at Rockingham, and Josh Hislop is hoping to make further progress throughout the field, as are Jamie-Lea Hawley, Olly Turner, Thomas Horton and Bradley Kent.

Finally, a new name joins the 2017 grid this weekend as Danish youngster Magnus Kriklywi lines up for the rest of the season with Race Car Consultants. With experience of karting on the continent, Magnus has already been out testing and will be hopeful of a successful and promising start to his circuit racing career with Fiesta Juniors – welcome to the grid, Magnus!

Scott Woodwiss

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Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
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