SILVERSTONE CALLS FOR PENULTIMATE FIESTA ROUNDS

Two more race weekends are left in order to settle who will take the crown this season for the BRSCC Fiesta Championship racing with MRF Tyres, and this weekend the teams and drivers touch down at the Home of British Motorsport. Silverstone’s International circuit hosts the penultimate meeting of the season, with the battle between the top runners in Classes C and D getting ever more intense.

Starting in Class C, points leader Harry Gooding had a mixed weekend last time out at Thruxton. A dominant win in Race 1 after an early challenge from Samuel Watkins faded thanks to a wheel bearing problem, turned into a nightmare in Race 2 when Gooding retired with what appeared to be a similar problem. Nevertheless, the 2016 Fiesta Junior champion has more than proven that he can hang at the senior level, having won races at Rockingham, Snetterton, Castle Combe and indeed Thruxton. His nearest challenger in class is his JamSport team boss Jamie Going, who has also visited the top step more than once with two wins at Snetterton. The switch to the new tyre supplier MRF Tyres seems to have helped Jamie unlock the kind of pace that appeared to have been missing in the last 12 months or so. Going normally goes well on fast circuits and with Silverstone’s long straights playing a major role on the International layout, you’d be wise to bet on seeing him on the podium at least once this weekend.

The rest of the Class C frontrunners should certainly be kept in mind in case they find a turn of pace that allows them to challenge for the win. Defending Class C champion David Nye has also been a race winner this season after he picked up a pair at Cadwell Park, followed by a third in the wet at Castle Combe. Another hard charger is Danny Harrison who has had a few ups and downs this season in his second senior year. From the highs of a perfect hat-trick of wins at Brands Hatch in March, to a double DNF last time out at Thruxton, Harrison’s luck has been all over the place, but he’ll be hoping that it turns good again as the season plays out. Myles Baker, Ryan Faulconbridge and Thomas Hutchins should also be in the mix if their initial pace proves to be strong.

Amongst other regulars such as Samuel Watkins returns, after he troubled Gooding early on in Race 1 at Thruxton before a wheel bearing problem forced him out, so keep an eye on him if he ends up around the front of the field again. Jake Dawson and Ollie Hunt reappear once again, as does Richard Dawson, while the final two Class C cars are welcome additions to this weekend’s grid. First of all is long-awaited debutant Chris Loder, who pilots a Race Car Consultants prepared Fiesta ST for the first time. Secondly, we’re delighted to welcome back Tim Glover to the grid, after cruel luck saw his comeback to the championship unbelievably last just two corners before ending up on his roof again! This time, he’s back and more determined than ever and a strong result on his comeback is something we feel he deserves!

Over in Class D, defending class and overall champion Jamie White continues to lead the way in that division, however he knows that his nearest rival Zachary Lucas is able to match his pace every step of the way. The pair had a fantastic scrap in the second Thruxton race which saw both drivers walk away from with big smiles on their faces. Expect more of the same between them here. John Cooper is touted to make a reappearance, while fellow regulars Tim Bennett, Luke Banniser and Marco Ricci are also in the entry too.

As for Class A, it’s now becoming something of an eternal struggle between current leader Colin Newbold and the in-form Mark Court. Both took a class win each last time when the other suffered their own respective mechanical dramas, but if everything works like clockwork for both of them, it’ll be another fascinating on-track battle.

Scott Woodwiss

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