Jem impresses on Fiesta debut

October 7, 2019

Jem Hepworth made her debut in the BRSCC Fiesta Championship at the weekend finishing inside the top ten in her very first race. Racing at the Silverstone International circuit Jem battled for 6th all the way to the flag, but a late mistake saw her finish 9th. An impressive result considering her limited amount of time in the car and at the circuit!

Thanks to Motorsport Woman and Specialized Motorsport, Jem was given the opportunity to race in the ever-growing series at the home of British Motorsport. With 19 cars on the grid it was hard to set any specific targets with Jem just hoping to improve her times over the weekend.

In the one and only practice session Jem put in eleven laps and was able to finish in 15th within two seconds of the fastest driver. It was a positive start and with the top ten just 0.7 seconds ahead it gave Jem the confidence that she could get some decent results in the two races.

First up was qualifying and Jem had made a clear improvement from practice lapping one second quicker! It brought the gap down from 1.9 seconds to 1.6 to the fastest driver and put her 12th in the standings. Looking further ahead Jem was half a second slower than 5th which was a hugely encouraging sign!

The start of the first race was tough for Jem. In a busy grid, she had dropped to 14th on lap one but did not panic. By lap three she was back to where she started and was in the fight for 7th with a gap behind. After a brief spell in 11th, Jem was soon back down to 12th before moving into the top ten on lap nine.

Now on the move Jem was putting in some fantastic moves and was 8th with five laps remaining and in fight for 6th place. Another move late on put Jem in 7th going onto the final lap. As she tried everything to steal 6th she made a small mistake which would drop her to 9th place at the flag.

It was a slightly disappointing end, but nevertheless a fantastic result with Jem exceeding all expectations. She was not prepared to settle for 7th and it is that attitude that will take her to race wins and championships in the future.

However, there was still another race remaining and a chance for Jem to push for another top ten finish. Sadly, any chances she had of repeating her race one result were ended early on after she was forced to retire from the race on lap three with the left hand wheel bearing collapsing.

It was a shame, but overall a positive weekend with Jem proving very quickly that she can be competitive in the BRSCC Fiesta Championship.