CURVY CADWELL PARK AWAITS FIESTA CHAMPIONSHIP BRIGADE

Cadwell Park awaits the next instalment of the 2019 BRSCC Fiesta Championship racing with MRF Tyres after a sensational opening two weekends at Silverstone and Pembrey. Looking at the form book so far, it appears that the young chargers in the field are taking the fight to the experienced hands, as the top of the points table is occupied by a number of both current and future racing stars.

Pembrey would see points leader Isaac Smith extend his advantage after taking a place on each step of the podium throughout the weekend. 3rd in Race 1 was followed by 2nd place the next morning and then a dominant race victory to complete the job. As such, he heads to the winding and twisting sweeps and undulations of Cadwell Park with a 30 point advantage over his fellow Fiesta Junior graduate James Waite, who has also impressed in his grasp of the transition from the treaded Junior MRF tyres over to the full slicks the senior level championship uses. In all five races run so far, Waite has hardly been off the podium and surely Cadwell will be a great chance for him to shoot for his first senior level race win. At the very least, not only are the young guns leading the way but it’s also a great advert for just how much of a superb proving ground the Fiesta Junior Championship really is!

Following in their wheels tracks in 3rd in the standings, Ryan Faulconbridge has also had a decent start to the year with two podiums from Silverstone, although Pembrey saw him a little further back it the pack than he would have liked. Nonetheless, Ryan is no stranger to winning races having picked up a couple last season and he’ll be determined to add to his tally this weekend. Just behind him in 4th is his JamSport team boss Jamie Going, a stalwart in Fiestas over the last few years and already delivering a bevy of consistent results from the first two weekends. With just six points between 3rd and 4th at the moment, it will be exciting to see this inter-team battle.

Former champion Alastair Kellett is the best placed Fiesta Zetec S after the merger of Classes C and D from last year, and the Irishman will be hoping that Cadwell’s tight and technical corners will help even the playing field further against the Fiesta STs with their larger engines. Hot on his tail in the standings are Zachary Lucas, already a race winner this season in the opening race at Silverstone, and fellow Daniels Motorsport driver David Nye, whose BTCC expertise and 2017 Class C title winning season will put him in great stead. Nye in particular has tasted success here in previous years, so he will be keen to repeat that feat.

The main to catch for most of the Pembrey weekend was Samuel Watkins, whose fortunes really have been polar opposites so far. What could have been a winning weekend at Silverstone quickly hit a wall (literally) after an incident in the first Silverstone race put him out of action for the rest of the meeting. He rebounded at Pembrey in his brother Joshua’s Fiesta ST and duly captured two race wins back to back at one of his home venues, before an engine issue halted him from taking the grid for Race 3. Now Samuel will be keen to make up ground with more victories, so expect him to push from the opening session.

Others who will be hoping to make progress up the points table this weekend include Tom Hutchins, Jake Dawson, John Cooper and Marco Ricci, while Robert Stevens reappears on the grid after missing Pembrey. Also, rookie Joel Ryton straps himself in for his third weekend in the championship as he continues to gain more and more experience and pace with every lap he drives.

Scott Woodwiss

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