FIESTA JUNIORS PREPARE FOR SILVERSTONE: PART 2

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Will Jack Davidson repeat his Silverstone domination from May? - Photo: Jon Elsey

There’s only 6 races left for our drivers in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship to contest in 2017 and the fight for the championship title is getting increasingly tight between leader Jack Davidson and 2nd placed Nicholas Reeve. The racing has been fast and furious all season with 5 different winners and 9 drivers in total gracing the podium, meaning this year’s championship has been one of the most competitive in FJC’s history!

Jack Davidson had to settle for two 2nd places last time at Snetterton, despite taking victory in Race 1 on the road before being demoted due to his move on Nicholas Reeve being deemed a little too robust by the stewards. Even so, Davidson’s wins at Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park and a dominant double on the first Silverstone visit in May leaves him 6 points ahead in the standings. Given his form here earlier in the year, one has to look at Davidson as a favourite to repeat his dominant weekend.

2nd placed Nicholas Reeve is the other driver to have taken the lion’s share of the victories so far with 3 to his name. Winning both races last time at Snetterton in what turned out to be a mix of weather conditions certainly didn’t do his title aspirations any harm as it added to his victory in the other Cadwell Park race that Davidson didn’t win. A further 4 podiums have provided further crucial championship points, meaning he’s firmly in contention to upset Davidson’s party should he make a mistake.

Snetterton saw two new faces grace the podium with Josh Hislop taking 3rd in Race 1 after leading early on, while he would also play a part in the fate of the other young gun to reach the rostrum; Olly Turner left it late but was just able to sensationally out-drag Hislop on the run to the chequered flag to pick up an emotional 3rd place for himself, his team and his family. The question is, now that both drivers have had a taste of silverware, how long will it be before they obtain their second trophy? For both, their hopes will be as soon as possible.

Our other race winners had fairly quiet and subdued Snetterton weekends. The HW Racing pair of James Hillery and Scott Cansdale didn’t seem to be able to ultimately match the pace of the leaders at their home circuit, with Cansdale taking the team’s best result of 5th place in Race 1. With Hillery’s car back up to full strength again this weekend and Cansdale returning to the circuit at which he clinched his first podium, it may be wise to keep an eye on the pair of them to be the cats amongst the proverbial pigeons, so to speak!

James Waite also very quietly picked up two top 5 finishes to help reinforce his 3rd place in the championship, 4 points ahead of Hillery on dropped scores. His win at Rockingham was long overdue and richly deserved, and he will be hoping that he won’t have to wait too long until he visits the top step again. Meanwhile there were drivers last time out that will have left Norfolk feeling less than satisfied; Lochlan Bearman had a nightmare scoring zero points all weekend, while Matt Greenwood banked solid points but would have hoped for more. Josh Steed had to bounce back after ending his Saturday practice on his roof and struggled to a top 10 finish, leaving his team with work to do before this weekend.

As for others, it’ll be all about further improvement. Jamie-Lea Hawley and Warwick Daden will look to make further gains, Magnus Kriklywi will be feeling positive ahead of his second FJC weekend and Gus Burton will be back after missing Snetterton keen to make up ground. Plus, Bradley Kent has decided to make the switch up to the senior Fiesta Championship – best of luck!

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