The BRSCC Fiesta Championship racing with MRF Tyres began to really pick up steam as Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire played host to the next three rounds in the 2019 season, as the championship contenders began to take shape.

Former Class C champion David Nye made an evident return to form by taking pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session, starting Race 1 alongside points leader Isaac Smith, with Zachary Lucas and Ryan Faulconbridge on the second row ahead of Samuel Watkins and James Waite.

By the time the first race rolled around, the heavens had opened and the rain had arrived, leaving the drivers to deal with a wet track for the first time this season. Come the race start, Nye beat Smith off the line and maintained the lead over the first half of the race, before Zachary Smith and then Smith took turns at the head of the field. Isaac would then go on to take the chequered flag and victory on the road, however the stewards deemed his pass for the lead on Lucas to be a little too robust for their liking and disqualified him from the result in the process. Therefore, Lucas inherited his second win of the season, followed by James Waite keeping up his consistent run of strong results in 2nd place and Nye managing to pick up 3rd for his troubles. Faulconbridge and Alastair Kellett completed the top 5 ahead of Jamie Going, Samuel Watkins, Tom Hutchins, Robert Stevens and Jake Dawson.

Thankfully, Sunday brought better conditions as the circuit had dried overnight and the weather had become much brighter. With Lucas starting from pole and Smith forced to make his way from the back of the grid thanks to his Race 1 exclusion. Nye was able to make a rocket start to go from 3rd to 1st in the opening lap, and from there he would go ahead to dominate the race from start to finish. Keeping James Waite at bay for the entire encounter, Nye powered his way to victory in a race that saw a higher attrition rate than normal with five cars retiring before lap 5. Waite was able to once again maintain a competitive and strong 2nd place followed by Watkins in the final podium place in 3rd, Going in 4th place and Dawson in 5th. Joel Ryton, Faulconbridge, Smith and Marco Ricci completed the finishers.

In the third and final race of the weekend, Nye got away from pole with Waite yet again giving chase in 2nd place although this time the Fiesta Junior graduate did a better job of keeping the former Class C champ in his sights. Towards the end of the race, Nye had extended the lead out to just over two seconds before Waite closed in on the final lap to bring the winning margin to just under 0.6 seconds. Samuel Watkins took his second 3rd place finish of the weekend from Going and Dawson, followed by Smith, Faulconbridge, Stevens, Cooper and Ricci.

Next up, the Fiesta Championship moves on to Snetterton in Norfolk on the 300 circuit, marking the half way point in the season. Join us there!

Scott Woodwiss

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