Race Results Round-Up! April 2/3 2016

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Race Results Round-Up! April 2/3 2016

This past weekend, JamSport Racing was involved in three race events, all being the opening rounds of their respective championships. At Snetterton, both the Junior and Senior Fiesta events; and Brands Hatch saw the popular UK Clio Cup begin it’s exciting 2016 season under the BTCC.

Firstly, to Kent, where we had a rather mixed weekend. After securing double pole in Saturday’s Renault UK Clio Cup qualifying session, Ant Whorton-Eales was then excluded in post-event scrutineering. As a penalty therefore he was relegated to the back of the grid for both races – each time with a 10-seconds start penalty.

While very disappointed with this decision, JamSport Racing remain very positive about the weekend’s results. Ant came through from 23rd to finish the two races in 8th and 6th positions overall – he also set the fastest lap in both races. His and team-mate Luke Kidsley’s combined points also mean we leave Brands Hatch a competitive 5th in the UK Clio Cup’s Teams championship.

Luke Kidsley had a difficult first weekend of the season, having had issues with suspension, which our team were able to fix; only to then receive slight contact to the rear of his vehicle early on in the race which changed the dynamics of the car, with which he then struggled to get the full potential from thereon. He drove hard, though, finishing both races, placing 9th and 17th in rounds 1 & 2 respectively.

Our masters driver, Graham Field, had a very positive weekend indeed; working hard with our Team Manager, Sam Cotton, to identify the weakest elements of his lap around this tricky Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. After analysing his data and comparing it to our other drivers’, Graham managed to iron out a good chunk of the issues they had pinpointed; doing especially well when you consider he had to focus on this while being amongst the entire grid as they tried to set a decent qualifying lap. Straight away, Field wiped four tenths off his time. He started the race with that little bit more confidence and drove solidly, finishing 19th in Round 2.

Ant Whorton-Eales (GBR) JamSport with AWE Motorsport Renault Clio Cup

We’re very proud of all of our drivers, and have been very pleased with how they’ve conducted themselves both on and off the track. Even when dealt a bad hand, they’ve kept a cool head and driven hard but fair. We can’t thank them enough.

Moving forward we believe we can get back up to the top of the grid at Donington Park in two weeks’ time and continue to perform well throughout the rest of this season.

Luke Kidsley (GBR) JamSport Renault Clio Cup
Graham Field (GBR) JamSport Renault Clio Cup

Now, on to the Fiesta Junior and Senior Championships, which took place at Snetterton.

Junior driver Ronan Quinn had a problem in qualifying which unfortunately hindered his opportunity for a fast time. Whats more, an incident caused Quinn’s first race to be cut short as he was put out and could not continue, with fellow driver Callum Hawkins-Row joining him with five laps to go. Race one ended with the two other JamSport Juniors, Harry Gooding and Angus Dudley, finishing 4th and 12th respectively.

Race two saw the amazing comeback of Quinn, who fought his way from last position on the grid, and found himself finishing in a hugely impressive 4th place. He was followed over the line by teammate Harry Gooding, whose quick moves saw him steal 5th with a last minute lunge on the final corner, and he crept ahead as he pushed to the chequered flag, three abreast along the final straight.

Unfortunately, Hawkins-Row had some more bad luck, experiencing mechanical issues, which put him out of race two also. While Dudley made up some time in his yellow Fiesta ST, finishing 12th overall.

The Seniors now, and an impressive win for our ex-Junior Champion, Aaron Thompson, who managed to fight his way to his first win on his Quaife Fiesta Championship debut, no less. Jamie Going followed up behind Thompson to put JamSport to the top two steps of the podium for race one.

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Ryan Faulconbridge took ninth, after a solid drive in race one, in which he improved upon in race two for two place jump to 7th. Myles Baker struggled to find himself as far up the standings as he would have liked, with two time penalties for exceeding track limits, although he would find a better performance in race two, where he managed to finish ninth.

Unfortunately, race two had to be restarted after a first lap incident involving Jamie Going, who was turned sideways when he caught contact from behind, which lead him to be sat in a vulnerable position on track and, in the chaos, was unfortunately T-boned, forcing the race to be red flagged. Jamie is alright, but obviously could not continue, and therefore the race restarted without him. impressively as the first race, Aaron Thompson found himself towards the front of the pack and, by the end of the race, secured himself 2nd position. This stands him in great stead for the rest of the season, and we here at JamSport Racing believe Aaron has what it takes to keep this up all season.

Overall the weekend has many ups and downs, but we have taken many positives from both Brands Hatch and Snetterton, and definitely look forward to the next rounds where we feel we can continue push for the top of the grid, whether that’s in a Fiesta ST, or a Clio!

Thanks to everyone for your support!

- JamSport Racing HQ

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