Ready to Race: Part Two
Updated: Jul 1
So we have looked at some of the returning Junior Saloon Car Championship drivers in Part One of this preview, so let’s takes a look at some more.
Matthew Cripps has been around Motorsport all his life, as Dad Steve races an Escort with the Classic Touring Car Racing Club. Prior to his debut in the Championship at Oulton Park, he had no real competition background of his own. He was 17th in both races and progressed steadily, scoring his first top 10 at Mallory Park, with ninth in the wet. Cadwell Park was his seasons highlight, with a magnificent sixth place in race two.
Ben Greenhill was a regular in Formula G with his Peugeot 106 before making his racing debut. This sport is a form of Gymkhana/Autotest to help with car control.
Although he took a while to get into his JSCC stride, he was never out of the top 10 during the second half of the season. His best result was sixth too, in the first of the two races at Mallory. His second half consistency also gave him 11th overall in the final championship table.
Before debuting at Oulton Park last year Joe Wheeler had a year’s Cadet Karting under his belt. He was 11th in his first car race, but a mid season change of team caused a change of form and his first top 10 finishers, with seventh in both Mallory Park races.
He was unable to match those results until the final rounds at Brands Hatch, when a seventh and sixth place finish netted him eighth in the Championship.
Olivia Martin had to wait until round five at Snetterton for her debut. She came out in the ex Steven Chandler Saxo, but managed to put a few battle scars on during the season.
Mallory Park proved to be her best weekend too, with eighth in both races and this year she is sporting the Team Hard name on her car. She is following in her father Jamie’s footsteps, a BMW and Britcar racer.
Ruben Hage was another Snetterton debutant with his immaculate Gard X liveried Saxo. He only just made it there too though, within a day of his 14th birthday.
He started in Bambino Karts at six years of age, moving onto Cadets. But in 2017 he changed to Grass Track Racing and became the Nottingham Autograss Champion and was second in the UK Junior Championship.
In his Junior Saloon debut season he certainly saved the best until last, with sixth in the first race at Brands Hatch, followed by his first podium with a magnificent third.
Harvey Caton also had to start late due to his age. His Maximum Motorsport backed car came out for six of the last eight rounds, with 14th in the last race of the year at Brands Hatch his best result. He won Indikart Karting titles in Cadets and Rotax Max 125 in 2017 and 2018.
For Alfie Jeakins it was a toe in water at the end of the season. He debuted at Anglesey with sixth place first time out and from his four races, he was never lower than 11th.
Although only 15, he has a varied motorsport background. From Karting at nine he won the Kent Cup in Junior Hot Rods in 2018, before moving to Rallycross. He won the MDA Championship and finished fourth in the BTRDA Junior Championship.
The final returnee is James Wallis, who appeared for the first time in the Brands Hatch finale. He began aged nine on short ovals. In 2015 he was in JASCAR, 2016 Mini Rods and has also been karting and contested Junior Grass Track events last year too.
The final part of our pre-season will take a look at five new budding starts, set to make their race debuts at Cadwell Park.
Published for the Junior Saloon Car Championship by Peter Scherer, June 27th 2020
Photos by Chris Kings.