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Jewiss Wins Saturday Races To Take Commanding Winter Series Lead

14th November 2017 • Stephen Kilbey

Douglas Motorsport’s Kiern Jewiss took two big victories in the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Winter Series at Brands Hatch today, the teenager holding the points lead into Sunday’s action in Kent.

In the first race of the weekend, Douglas Motorsport’s Jewiss took the win after a great defensive drive on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. 

The Maidstone-born driver, who won the 2017 Ginetta Junior Rookie Championship, took the lead at the start of the race, getting past pole-sitter Adam Smalley. Smalley set a 57.062 lap time in the morning’s Qualifying Session to take the top grid slot, but had to settle for second in the race.

From there it morphed into a four-way battle for the lead with Jewiss chased by Smalley and Fin Green and Greg Johnson’s Elite Motorsport G40s.

There were plenty of attempts by the top four races to make moves in the final 10 minutes, the only driver able to make anything stick being Johnson, who re-took third place – where he started the race off Green after running side-by-side with two minutes left in the race. 

However, Johnson would later be handed a 10-second time penalty for exceeding track limits, promoting Green to second once again. The penalty demoted the Staffordshire-born racer to fifth, where he finished the race, behind Rookie Class winner James Hedley (also with Elite Motorsport) who crossed the line fourth. 

“I’m really pleased to win the first race,” Jewiss said after the race. “I had a really good year this year, winning the rookie championship by a long way, so to come here and win the Winter Series would be great.”

Then in Race 2, it was Jewiss who won again, after fighting hard with Adam Smalley and the worsening conditions trackside; the light fading and the rain coming down.

Jewiss had a poor start to the race from pole position, briefly dropping back to second place behind Greg Johnson’s #7 Elite Motorsport G40. Jewiss quickly retook the place, but after a lengthy battle ended up slipping back to second after a small error, Adam Smalley in the #54 Elite machine this time taking the top place.

Johnson, then third, had an off, and fell to ninth spot, leaving third position to Tom Canning, who started the race eighth but proved to be quicker than those around him on the grid in the wet.

Up front, to the flag, Jewiss and Smalley then jostled for position, Smalley going round the outside at Graham Hill Bend to take the lead on the tenth lap. But Jewiss didn’t sit second for long, and replicated Smalley’s move at Graham Hill to re-take the lead. From there, Jewiss, on the defence, held on until the flag came out, taking his second win of the day and the extra point for the fastest lap (1:06.469) in the process.

“At the start I did the world’s longest burnout at the start. It was so hard as we don’t have lights,” expalined Jewiss. “Near the end though I managed to get out front and used the back markers to my advantage. This win Wouldn’t have been possible without Douglas Motorsport.”

Behind the leading duo, Canning finished on the final podium spot, ahead of Louis Foster in the #17 Elite example, who won the Rookie Class and finished fourth overall. Adapting to the changing conditions, he said, prevented him from pushing for a podium.

“I got a good start at the line, and played cat and mouse with Tom Canning, but it’s so hard to overtake here, so I just stuck with the Rookie win and tried to get it home without any damage,” Foster said. “The conditions were bad, we had to adapt throughout.” 

Tomorrow’s pair of Simpson Race Products Ginettan Junior Winter Series races at Brands Hatch are set to get underway at 12:45 and 15:00 local time in the UK.