Ready to Race: Part Three
Updated: Jul 6
So we have covered the returning drivers who know what to expect, but in this final part of the preview we will see who will be on the grid for the first time at Cadwell Park, when the Junior Saloon Car Championship grid assembles.
It’s always worth looking out for the Scholarship winner and this year it will be Deagen Fairclough. He started in Bambino Karting as a five year old and had his first podium in fully fledged championship by the age of eight. If the season had started on time, Deagen would have missed the opening rounds, as he was still only 13. But with karting titles and wins under his belt, he can now look forward to a full Junior Saloon campaign.
The name Gilham is well-known to everyone in motorsport, but rather than Tony at the wheel, it’s son Tommy preparing for his car racing debut. He is a third of the Team Hard team for this year alongside Olivia Martin and fellow debutant Scott Sumpton.
Scott has been Karting for the last four years, having started in Honda Cadets, before graduating to Junior X30 giving him racing experience in Europe as well as the UK.
Another with a karting background is Aaron Walker. He started in IAMC Cadets in 2016 and won his first Trophy the same year. He quickly moved up to X30 Juniors and contested the Super One Championship, before a change of teams in 2018 continued his progress, securing 9th place in The British X30 Championships last season and 16th in Europe.
Earlier this year he was third in the Rotax Max Euro Junior Winter Cup and second in the IAME X30 Junior Winter Cup.
Archie Tompson will be in the Jeakins team for his debut season. He started Mini Stox at 11 years of age and has also competed in Drifting events.
But Archie is no stranger to the car racing world, as his Dad Carl is a Sports 2000 racer.
Having just missed out on this years Scholarship drive, Jacob Heap will still be on the grid, having bought their own Saxo. Jacob has been a karter since he was eight and worked his way up the ladder to the British Championship. But had to sit out part of 2018 after a collision wrecked his kart.
James Black is joining up with Charlie Hand this year at Westbourne Motorsport. He started karting in 2015 against Hand in the Junior Subaru Karting Championship. He moved up in 2018 to Junior Rotax and was third in the Kent Cup. Having stayed in the Championship for a second year he was also the Lydd Summer Champion.
Although Jamie Goode has a few years behind him in motorsport, they have been more as a junior marshal. He has done some karting, but not to the level of some of his rivals.
There are two more drivers debuting at Cadwell, who initially would have missed the season start. Jake Weston has been karting with success since 2017, while Oliver Cottam was probably destined to come into motorsport from birth.
Oliver will be third generation, as his father Edward is an experienced Hillclimber and Grandad Alan has raced in Historics for many years, mainly with 1950’s Grand Prix cars.
Even his Grandma came from an automotive family, as part of the AJS motorcycling line. Oliver has been karting for the last for the last couple of years and is also an Asian Dinghy Racing Champion, speaks fluent Chinese too.
The action at Cadwell starts with a practice session on Saturday morning, followed by qualifying at 3pm. The races are both on Sunday, 9am and 2.25pm, each for 15 minutes plus one lap.
Published for the Junior Saloon Car Championship by Peter Scherer, June 27th 2020
Photos by Chris Kings.