It’s certainly been a year of resurgence for the Quaife Fiesta Championship with grid sizes and entry numbers totalling a figure of around 30+ cars a meeting. For this weekend, a good portion of drivers are heading to Anglesey to tackle the Coastal circuit, situated up on the coast of North Wales and set to provide a real test of handling and driveability.
On this occasion, all four classes will race together which means that traffic is certainly going to play a factor in Sunday’s pair of races. Once again, the brunt of the cars entered will feature in Class C for the Mk6 Fiesta ST model. Both on accrued and adjusted points (after dropped scores), it’s Sam Priest who continues to hold the advantage. The Specialized Motorsport man may not have won a race since Rockingham, but a consistent run of strong top 5 and top 10 results have helped him maintain his place at the top whilst others have hit problems. One of these rivals is team boss Simon Horrobin, who was forced to settle with just 2 points for pole position from 3 of the last 4 races. Thankfully the last of the 4 was a much needed win, cemented thanks to a red flag.
Over in the JamSport camp, Aaron Thompson was another top driver that made it back to the winner’s circle as he JUST clinched the first race at Silverstone last time by pipping Alfonso Skriczka by mere thousandths of a second. The pair, on dropped scores, are 2nd and 3rd in the standings, while Thompson’s fellow Fiesta Junior graduate Nathan Edwards remains 4th and has shown a real surge in pace in the last couple of meetings. All 3 of these drivers, along with Priest, are showing that there’s a real diverse range of young talent amongst the senior Fiesta ranks and could potentially see at least one or two of them push forwards into touring cars and beyond.
Lee Dendy-Sadler makes a welcome return to the class this weekend, whilst Jam-Sport boss Jamie Going would like a strong result to perk up what appears to have been a rather quiet season compared to the previous couple of years. Myles Baker is another strong name to look out for, long with Ryan Faulconbridge who clinched a notable 4th last time at Silverstone.
Class D for the most contemporary Fiestas on the grid is where you’ll find the overall points leader I Alastair Kellett. He’s rarely been beaten this year, although with that being said he didn’t feature on the top step in either race last time. That honour went to Stuart Robbins, a man enjoying a strong first season in the class after battling hard with John Cooper last season in Class B. All 3 drivers are here this weekend, along with Jamie White, Jessica King and the pair of talented female drivers in one-time points leader Jessica King and Dana Freeman.
In the other two classes, A & B, Peter Dendy-Sadler continues his quest to become Class C champion as he will square off again John Bateman, while Class B’s fight will once again be between Kieran White and Luke Bannister.
This meeting in some ways is a warm up for what is shaping up to see a simply unbelievable season finale at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, with separate races for both Class C and the remaining 3 classes and entry numbers already hitting over 40 cars; several drivers will be making their first appearances of the season and may even use the meeting with a view to competing next season. Nevertheless, this will be a key meeting for the frontrunners to gain vital points before the showdown in October!
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