FIELDING TARGETS MSA FORMULA TITLE
MSA Formula race winner Sennan Fielding is plotting a title challenge this year as he returns with JHR Developments.
The 20-year-old finished fourth in the standings in 2015 and took three wins, but suffered a lot of bad luck during the season. He is now aiming for a more consistent year to fight for the title.
“I genuinely believe we’re going to have a great season together,” he said. “In 2015, we encountered some bad luck early on which put us on the back foot and meant we couldn’t capitalise on the pace we had.
“It’s clearly going to be another tough season with an extremely high-calibre field of drivers and teams, but the title is unquestionably our goal. For that, we’ll need to win races, score regular points and podium finishes – which was one of our trump cards last year – and we’ll also need a little bit of luck, which is something we lacked in 2015.
“We’ve got the car really dialled in now, so there’s no reason at all why we can’t fight for the championship. I’ve known Steven Hunter [team boss] for a number of years and have a strong relationship with the whole team, which means we can hit the ground running as soon as testing begins.”
Hunter added: “I’ve got a lot of faith in Sennan as a driver. He is almost part of the fixtures and fittings at JHR [the team also ran him in Ginetta Junior]. He is a good lad and a great driver. We learnt a lot over the course of last year and made a lot of improvements. We had quite a few issues with the car at the start of the year, but were winning races by the end and it bodes well for the future. We should have a strong team and it’s all starting to come together.”
Fielding will again be partnered by Jack Butel in the team and Hunter said that another couple of drivers should be announced in the next few weeks.