Busy time for Jake on two fronts

November for Upwell teenager Jake Giddings competing in two different championships
November for Upwell teenager Jake Giddings competing in two different championships
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It’s been a busy November for Upwell teenager Jake Giddings (pictured) competing in two different racing championships.

First it was the 300 circuit at Snetterton where Jake competed in the Ginetta junior winter series taking pole position by three-tenths of a second, and then scoring two podium finishes from four races.

An oil leak on the formation lap for race three effectively robbed Giddings of the championship, with the car having to be pushed from the grid.

Jake, who celebrated his 17th birthday this week, rounded off his junior career with a credible fifth place in the winter series.

It was then on too Oulton Park in Cheshire for the first test session with a new Renault Clio cup car. This is a step up to a senior formula and a switch from rear wheel drive to 205 horsepower, front wheel drive and slick tyres.

The next venue three days later was Rockingham for the Renault Clio UK winter cup, Jake qualified third in the two race series finishing third in race two, after race one ended after a move to take the lead from experienced racer Aaron Williamson ended with contact and a broken suspension for Giddings.

Jake commented: “This has been the best weekend ever as I have been waiting to race the Clio and I cannot wait for the next season to start.”

Student Jake, who attends the College of West Anglia at Wisbech on Engineering in Motorsport two-year course, can now look forward to the Renault Clio UK Championship along with Fenland based Finesse Motorsport Ltd next season.

Running on the British touring car championship package this series has produced several touring car drivers, with all its races being televised live on ITV4.