The BRSCC Fiesta Championship racing with MRF Tyres is ready to rumble once more for the 2020 season and after the thrills and spills of 2019, there are many names that are keen to get back on track and back into the action once more. With a calendar that will span visits to Silverstone (including this weekend’s opening rounds), Snetterton, Brands Hatch, Croft and Pembrey, it should be full of memorable moments from start to finish.

There’s a very good chance that this season we’ll be crowning a brand new champion, as several of the drivers expected to be front runners in 2020 will be looking to take this opportunity to mount a serious challenge. From those registered, the key names to keep an eye on will be Samuel Watkins and Jamie Going. Both are proven race winners and both took to the top step of the rostrum at least once in 2019, so it would be wise to mark them out as the two drivers most likely to be near the top of the points table throughout the season.

Others who will be familiar names from the last couple of years include Richard Ashmole, back for a full season assault after making a tentative return towards the end of 2019. On his day, he’s shown some great pace and will be hoping that he can produce this on a more regular basis to make progress towards the head of the order. Also back for more is Ryan Beck, after he took a year away to build a new car for this season and should be fired up to remind everyone of what he can do when everything clicks into place. Stalwart Fiesta racer John Cooper will also be on the grid this weekend, while Marco Ricci and Sam Walton will also return from last season.

Ethan Rogers may have appeared in the last couple of rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch in 2019, but he will still feel like something of a rookie against his competitors as he embarks on his first full Fiesta season. Having risen through the ranks of junior racing himself, he will be looking to make an impression from the first session as he sets his sights on becoming a championship contender. Gary Miller was another driver that sampled Fiesta racing last year too, and he’s elected to come back this season to prove his skills that have been honed behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo in previous encounters.

As for new drivers, one name that will be familiar to those who follow the Fiesta Junior Championship is Olly Turner, last year’s champion who is making a long-awaited first step into senior-level racing. As he will be looking to use the same car he pedalled in his previous campaign, Olly will look to get to grips with both the heightened level of competition as well as the slick variant of MRF Tyre used in the series. The parent of one of our new Junior drivers is also debuting at Silverstone too, with Rob Smith piloting the car his son Sid will drive later in the year in FJC to dial it in. Plus, Specialized Motorsport also brings Dominic Bush to the paddock, a promising young talent who will be raring to go for his first race on Sunday morning.

Wherever they go, the Fiesta Championship always tends to put on a great display of club level tin-top racing and with 2020 all set to get underway, this season looks to be no exception!

Scott Woodwiss

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