Jessica King has experienced the best weekend of her racing career to date by taking over the championship lead in Class D of the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship with an impressive race-winning performance at Silverstone. The Daniels Motorsport driver showed excellent pace during the course of the weekend to claim victory in the second race of the meeting, whilst breaking the Class D lap record on her way to a pair of fastest laps. King now tops the Class D standings after finishing on the podium in all four races, showing superb consistency in her second season in the championship.
After a successful debut season in the BRSCC Fiesta Championship in 2015 with multiple podium finishes to her name, Jessica returned with Daniels Motorsport this season aiming to challenge for the Class D title. King’s campaign got off to a great start as she qualified third for the opening race at Snetterton, before converting this into a comfortable third place finish to collect her first silverware of the year. Eager for further success in race two, Jessica made a good start moving up into second in the early stages before setting the fastest lap of the race on route to finishing second. These strong performances to start the season meant King would enter the next round of the championship at Silverstone in second place in the Class D standings.
With a day of testing leading up the meeting at Silverstone, Jessica was confident of good results heading into the weekend. This pace was shown in Saturday morning practice where King recorded the fourth fastest time, but just three tenths away from class-leading Alastair Kellett. Further promise was shown in qualifying as Jessica qualified in fourth, displaying great consistency throughout the session which set her up nicely for the two races.
Race one of the weekend began on Sunday morning with Jessica targeting a podium finish after her two successes at Snetterton. King made a fantastic start, moving into third on the opening lap and was right on the tail of John Cooper for second. Unfortunately she slipped back to fourth on lap two as Stuart Robbins found a way past in a brilliant three-car battle for second position. By the end of lap four Jessica was back into third and set about catching Cooper for the runner-up position. Despite her best efforts, including setting fastest lap of the race, Jessica was unable to catch her experienced competitor but secured third position to maintain her perfect podium record.
The second race of the weekend took place Sunday afternoon with Jessica starting from third place in class after her podium finish in the opening race of the weekend. King slipped back to fourth on the opening lap on the contest, however, the top-4 cars in class were separated by just over a second. Lap two was action-packed as contact was made between the two leading cars in Class D which forced both Kellett and Cooper to retire, with Jessica also finding her way past Robbins for the class lead as the safety car was deployed. When racing resumed, Jessica made a brilliant restart and extended her lead to over three seconds by the end of lap five. She maintained this gap superbly during the course of the race, even setting the fastest lap in Class D on the final circuit. King’s brilliant performance meant she took her first ever victory in the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship, assuming the championship lead in the process. This was a fully deserved victory for Jessica who has made superb progress during the course of the last two seasons, aided by her dedicated Daniels Motorsport team.
With four podiums in the opening four races of the season, King is now the clear championship leader with Stuart Robbins in second place. Jessica’s ability to set the fastest lap in three races this season, in addition to capturing the Class D lap record for the Silverstone International Circuit, shows she has both the one-lap pace and racecraft needed to challenge for the title. The BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship returns in three weeks’ time as the drivers will tackle the challenging Rockingham circuit, with Jessica aiming to consolidate her championship lead.
Jessica would like to thank her team Daniels Motorsport for all their hard work, in addition to her sponsors; DNA, Group Trader, Embark Finance, Andrew Little Photography and Brian for their continued support.