Snetterton 15/16 July Preview

The second half of the season for the BRSCC Fiesta Championship begins here at Snetterton with the overall crown still without a certain favourite. As tends to become the norm in this contest, it’s Class C vs Class D with the champion looking likely to come from either of them. Rockingham certainly provided thrills and spills as the points leaders in both classes heading into that weekend didn’t have the best of fortunes. Once again, Class C run its sessions separately to the other 3 classes was as the case last time out.

Class C
Lewis Kent will have wished that his Rockingham weekend never happened as mechanical problems put him out of both races, leaving him with no points lost (thanks to dropped scores), but no points gained. That said, he is still top of his class in the standings and Snetterton will be a chance to hit the reset button and get back to winning ways. The victories at Rockingham were taken by Simon Horrobin and Danny Harrison, giving both of them much needed points injections to help them push up to 3rd and 4th respectively in class on dropped scores. Both of them, however, are hot on the heels of Lee Dendy-Sadler who is the nearest challenger to the lead, yet still 33 points back and only 2 ahead of Horrobin. This weekend all 4 of the above will know that 3 solid finishes will be crucial.

Behind them is a plethora of drivers who, on their day, can easily take the fight to them and prove to be a threat. David Nye always puts his BTCC experience to good use and the Watkins brothers of Josh and Sam are also quick when everything works in their favour. Other names you definitely have to keep in contention for a top finish include Nathan Edwards, Ryan Faulconbridge, Nick Sanderson and Josh Gollin, while a new face appears on the grid this weekend. Elliot Wilson becomes the latest Fiesta Junior graduate to move up into the senior championship as he takes over father Ian’s car for this round only. Plus, it’s a second chance for reigning Class C champ Sam Priest to get back up to speed and possibly winning ways.

Classes A, B & D
Fortunes seemed to match that of Lewis Kent for Class D’s Jamie White as Rockingham will also go down as dropped scores for the former Mini champion. A brake issue in Race 1 forced him to retire, leaving him with work to do in the second encounter. Unfortunately his charge was halted when an incident with Stuart Robbins left him on his roof and done for the weekend. Thanks to this, White is now down to 2nd in class behind new leader John Cooper, whose run of 5 wins in a row have helped him sit at the top of the class and overall standings now.

Jack Youhill’s collection of podiums grew with a 3rd and a personal best 2nd at Rockingham leaving him 3rd in class ahead of Stuart Robbins, Shaun Andrews and Thomas Hutchins. Andrews’ 5th place could come under threat if both Hutchins and Luke Bannister can outperform him this weekend.

The 3-way dance for Class A carries on as Colin Newbold’s place at the top of the class table is only safe by 20 points from Tim Bennett, while Theo Bridgeman-Williams will be eager to keep himself in the hunt and capitalise on any mishaps the pair in front may make. As for Class B, with Sean Banks and Chris Horne absent from this meeting at the time of writing this, it should be a relatively straightforward weekend for Derek Robinson to go out and enjoy himself!

What will become of the front runners and how will the points look come Sunday evening? Looking back to last season, Specialized Motorsport just about had the measure of the rest of the field, but given how tough the competition has been so far this year, it may not exactly be plain sailing as despite having Messrs Kent and Priest as support, all 3 of their cars will have to deal with plenty of drivers wishing to overhaul them.

Scott Woodwiss

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