Silverstone 19/20 August Preview

There’s just 3 meetings left in this season’s BRSCC Fiesta Championship before we find out just who will be the lucky driver that will earn a once in a lifetime opportunity – the chance to test drive a Motorbase Ford Focus BTCC machine. While it’s just about certain that the overall champion will come from either Class C or D, finding out which one will be triumphant remains to be seen. Our second visit to Silverstone should help bring us a little closer to revealing the answer. Split grids are once again the order of the day.

Class C
Being the fastest class, the competitors in Class C will relish returning to the long straights of Silverstone’s National circuit. On the previous visit, the wins were shared out between points leader Lewis Kent, Danny Harrison and Lee Dendy-Sadler. Since then, Kent hasn’t had the smoothest of runs with three retirements from the last 5 races and only a best result of 3rd in that sequence. Harrison’s Rockingham weekend was stellar with a win and a 2nd place, before a spectacular engine failure at Snetterton left him non-scoring in all 3 races. Dendy-Sadler has been the most consistent when it comes to racking up points and is just 37 behind Kent after dropped scores thanks to two 2nd places and a 3rd.

The race wins at Snetterton went the way of returning 2016 Class C champion Sam Priest and Jam-Sport team boss Jamie Going, the latter unbelievably only just taking his first ever victory in Fiestas in Race 2. Both will be fully back up to speed with Priest keen to take more points off the current championship leaders, while his team leader Simon Horrobin will be desperate to end a pointless 4 race streak leaving him 5th in the class standings. The Gollin brothers Josh and Nathaniel will be out to claim more podiums as well ex-BTCC man David Nye, while other names to keep an eye on include Ryan Faulconbridge, Richard Ashmole, Nathan Edwards and Nick Sanderson. Lewis Kent’s younger brother Bradley also makes his senior racing debut this weekend having chosen to step up early from Fiesta Juniors.

Classes A, B & D
It was clear that Jamie Going had no intention of staying down after a Rockingham weekend to forget that produced no points. Instead, he swiftly repaired his car, turned up to Snetterton and simply obliterated the opposition from start to finish. A perfect grand slam weekend saw him swipe the maximum 159 points on offer (50 points for a win, plus 3 points combined for pole and fastest lap in each) and with that, White has now rocketed back to the top of the Class D and overall standings. He now arrives here keen to carry on this strong rebound in momentum.

Former leader John Cooper saw his win streak of 5 victories brought to a halt and could only score a best of 2nd place in Race 2 behind White. His deficit is now 32 points meaning he will have to really work hard to make sure he remains in contention. That said, he can take comfort in the fact that he won all 3 races in class on the first Silverstone visit in May, so perhaps Cooper can do it again this time? Jack Youhill has also racked up a steady score of podiums and top 5s which puts him 3rd heading into this weekend. Also be on the lookout for Stuart Robbins, Tom Hutchins and Luke Bannister.

Classes A and B will continue their battles with Sean Banks returning after missing Snetterton and determined to remain at the head of Class B and indeed Derek Robinson all weekend. Class A will see Tim Bennett locks horns with Colin Newbold and Theo Bridgeman-Williams once again, with Mark Court also returning to action after debuting at the opening round at Brands Hatch.

Scott Woodwiss

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