Ford Fiesta frontrunner Gooding moves to Minis
Ford Fiesta star Harry Gooding will step up to Mini Challenge JCW title-winning team Jamsport for 2019.
Gooding won the Fiesta Junior title with Jamsport in 2016, and claimed a class crown in the BRSCC Fiesta series this season with the team, which also carried
Ant Whorton-eales to JCW honours in the Mini series.
Gooding tested an ex-louis Doyle Mini JCW run by Jamsport at Donington Park last month.
“It’s a bit different to what I’ve been used to, but it was a really great experience,” said the 16-year-old.
“They are a bit of a handful, especially through the Craner Curves. You want to push it to its limits and have those sorts of sideways moments to know how the car reacts when it’s been pushed too far.”
Gooding, who missed out on the overall Fiesta title at the final round, intends to test at each Mini Challenge venue over the winter. “You’ve got to be prepared,” he said. “It’s a bit of a step up from what
I’ve been used to, so I’ve got to step everything up and just work a bit harder for it.”
Gooding will be joined on the grid by Volkswagen Racing Cup driver Matt Wilson. The 23-yearold was third in the VW standings and will race with new team
Jac Maybin will also compete in the series again next year after finishing eighth this season, and will remain with the Excelr8 squad.