Firstly, I would like to congratulate Geri Nicosia on becoming the Ford Fiesta Junior Champion for 2014.
Geri, who is only 15 years old is the newly crowned fiesta junior champion. The youngster took the title at Rockingham after fending off title challengers Michael Higgs, Thomas Grundy and Sam Watkins. He won the championship by 16 points ahead of Michael Higgs.
The main question that is being asked is, “what is the fiesta junior championship?”
Ford Fiesta Junior Championship
The Fiesta Junior Championship is run by the BRSCC, it’s spread across 8 weekends throughout the year at 7 different tracks. The BRSCC Ford Fiesta Junior Championship is a one class championship for competitors participating in ford fiesta ST vehicles fitted with a duratec 1998cc engine, transmission and electronic control. The drivers have to be between 14 and 17 years old to compete. The BRSCC Ford Fiesta Championship is joined by the Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship when travelling around England racing. The Fiesta Junior drivers could graduate into the Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship, which could lead to a bright future in motorsport.
The Start Of Geri’s Career
Aged 8, Geri got his first ever chance to drive a kart at his local indoor kart centre, Rogue Racing in Aylesbury. He regularly visited the karting centre every week. After improving his lap times and getting it down to 29 seconds he earned his first pair of gloves that he could say was his own. He was then set a target of 27.5 seconds. A few weeks later he reached the target, this earned Geri a helmet of his own. At the karting centre Geri wore green overalls because of his age and height whereas, all the other competitors at the karting centre wore red overalls. This made Geri stand out, it also lead to him getting the nickname of the ‘little green alien’. Just 6 weeks after his first go in a kart, Rogue Racing commenced a Junior Grand Prix Series in which Geri entered every round and finished 2nd overall for 2007.
In 2008 Geri entered the Junior Grand Prix Series at Rogue Racing again and this time he won it! Again in 2009 he entered the Junior Grand Prix Series and won the series for a second time.
In 2010 an injury prevented Geri from being able to compete at many events. In 2011, again Geri was unable to compete at many events. He was only able to manage to enter a few outdoor events.
2012 arrived, Geri was going to be moving up into Mini Max Karts but another injury he occurred whilst playing football meant he was unable to make the move up. Over his recovery period, it gave Geri and his parents the chance to consider his options for 2013. They decided to abandon the karting world and move him up into cars for the 2013 season. Geri started having lessons with Young Driver so that he could learn the basics of driving a car. He managed to get to do a couple of airfield track sessions through Motorsport Events in his parents Abarth 500SS road car to build up his speed.
At Brands Hatch on 1st April 2013 Geri passed his ARDS test in the MSVR Peugeot RCZ. Once Geri had turned 14 in June he was finally able to enter the BRSCC Ford Fiesta Championship and start gaining some experience of driving a car.
In 2014 Geri came back into the Fiesta Junior Championship. He didn’t set out to win the championship. At Anglesey he came 6th after making a bad choice of what tyres to use. Then he won the next race at Anglesey. He went on to win at Cadwell Park in the first race but got disqualified. He appealed and got his result back. Geri then had to start race two from the back of the grid due to getting a time penalty for getting a disqualification in race one. He battled his way through the pack to finish 2nd.
The next round was at Silverstone. In race one, Geri finished 3rd. Then in race two, things took a turn for the worst when he spun the car but luckily he managed to recover it and ended the race in 5th.
After that it was onto Rockingham, Geri set a new lap record, he also left Rockingham after securing maximum points. This made his championship hopes even better as he sat top of the championship.
Unfortunately Geri was unable to attend the last round at Brands Hatch. He was crowned champion after his amazing performance throughout the season, especially the spectacular performance at Rockingham which secured him the BRSCC Ford Fiesta Junior Championship.
What are your views on this rising star? Can you believe his title story? Where do you think Geri’s career could take him?
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© Fay Tilley 4th November 2015.