The BRSCC Fiesta Championship racing with MRF Tyres moves across to the coast of North Wales this weekend, as Anglesey marks another step in the second half of the season with an intense title battle taking shape.
At the moment, it’s a scrap between James Waite, David Nye and Jamie Going, with all three drivers riding high after taking a win each last time out at Brands Hatch. While Nye and Going are veterans of the championship and winning is nothing strange to them, it was a special weekend for Waite as it marked his first ever senior level victory in a Fiesta since he moved up from Fiesta Juniors. Up to that point his consistent run of strong finishes had helped him maintain his place at the top of the standings, and coming into the weekend he leads by 11 points with Nye and Going in tow.
Going has more work to do to catch up to the top two as his season has been a little more inconsistent that that of those ahead of him. Behind the top three in the standings comes Samuel Watkins, who has also has a mix of fortunes from crashing at the opening rounds at Silverstone, to picking up two wins at Pembrey and a variety of results ever since. Isaac Smith is also another driver who has the capability to win races, however, sometimes his youthful exuberance can get and has gotten the better of him more than once this season. He was lucky to get away with a first lap incident which put him out of the first race but the mammoth efforts of his Race Car Consultants team managed to get him back out for Sunday’s races. With his car now back up to full strength this weekend, expect him to be on the pace from the word go.
Ryan Faulconbridge and Zachary Lucas, two more drivers who have taken home winning silverware, also had difficult weekends at Brands Hatch with both losing points because of racing winning incidents respectively. On their day, both can easily worry the regular front runners so neither of them should be counted out. Former Fiesta champion Alastair Kellett continues to be the strongest of the newer Fiesta Zetec S cars and showed real promise and progress with some fast starts at Brands Hatch. There’s still fight in him yet and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him snag a podium before the end of the season.
Other drivers to watch out for will be the returning Jake Dawson, Samuel Watkins’ racing brother Joshua and the luckless John Cooper, who cannot seem to complete one race weekend so far this season without a cruel twist of fate that sees him crippled with techincal problems. Here’s hoping that finally his car starts behaving itself and he can make it to the end of a race with a strong result. Be sure to look out for newcomer Adam Durant who has made the switch to JamSport for just his second weekend of his fledgling Fiesta career.
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