Has it really been more than two months since the opening rounds of the BRSCC Fiesta Championship racing with MRF Tyres? It certainly feels like it, if not more! Even so, it’s a trip all the way north from Brands Hatch to the second meeting of the year and the awesome Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire – it’s a real driver’s course with plenty of winding corners, constant elevation changes and some memorable sections to really test a competitor’s skill and ability.
Back at those opening rounds at Brands Hatch at the end of March, the headline story was the battle for the overall race wins between former Fiesta Junior graduates Danny Harrison and Harry Gooding. In the end, it was Harrison who picked up the perfect hat-trick of 1st place finishes, however on each occasion he was made to work hard for it by the 2016 FJC champion. Both look set to carry on the duels they enjoyed so much here this weekend, but will Cadwell suit Gooding better this time and allow him to take his first senior Fiesta win? Or could Harrison take his Mutation Motorsport-prepared Fiesta ST to at least another win to increase his tally and continue his great momentum?
Another of the standout drivers from Brands Hatch was front wheel drive debutant Charles Plumley, who used all his experience to remain in-between the frontrunners all weekend. Sadly, he’s unable to make this weekend, meaning reigning Class C champ and former BTCC ace David Nye should be leading the charge after the two young guns. He’ll be kept honest by Myles Baker, Ryan Faulconbridge, Jamie Going, Thomas Hutchins and returnee Joshua Watkins, who looks set to make a one-off appearance here this weekend at the venue he picked up a victory at last year. Richard Dawson also makes his first entry of the season here too, while Ollie Hunt (the sun of 20Ten team boss Simon deputises for the absent Richard Ashmole and makes his inaugural start in Fiestas. Roberts Stevens completes the Class C entry with his second start of 2018.
John Cooper is set to be the leading Class D entry for the Fiesta Zetec S contingent and the multi-time class race winner will be hoping to extend a further advantage over his rivals. With defending Fiesta champion Jamie White not expected to appear here this weekend, it leaves the door open for Cooper to lay the foundations for a charge to the title he’s coveted the past two seasons. His closest threat at this stage is set to be Zachary Lucas, who impressed many on his Fiesta debut by reaching the class podium in all three races. London based Italian rookie Marco Ricci will be hoping to make more progress on his second appearance, while last year’s Class A champion Tim Bennett will also be getting to grips with his new car in the quest for more speed.
Speaking of Class A, Colin Newbold will return as the class’ sole representative after his opening weekend ended prematurely thanks to a blown engine; the resulting oil dropped from said engine caught several drivers out in the first Brands race, eventually forcing a red flag to clear the track. Nonetheless, with Mark Court not entered at the time of writing, Newbold looks set to claw back the points he lost out on and draw level in the standings come the end of the weekend.
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