Another successful weekend for Jewiss in Adria
4th October 2016
Kiern Jewiss enjoyed another successful outing in Adria, Italy at this weekend’s 2016 WSK Final Cup. Jewiss and his team had undergone a number of changes leading into the weekend which helped him to finish Sunday’s OK Junior Class Final in P6 despite battling with injury throughout the weekend.
The weekend saw Kiern returning to a track where he has fond memories, most notably his WSK Champions Cup victory earlier this year. With the CIK FIA World Championships just around the corner, Jewiss and his team intended to use the track-time in Italy as a chance to fine-tune any problems ahead of heading to Bahrain in November.
Kiern missed the first practice session through injury in an attempt to save himself for the races. Getting underway in the second and third practice sessions, Kiern showed impressive pace to come in sixth and fifth fastest respectively. With a number of drivers struggling with injury, Kiern bucked the trend and still managed to post impressive times in qualifying despite the circumstances.
Next up for Jewiss was the Pre-Final B where he was hoping a strong performance would see him through to the showpiece final race of the weekend. In typical fashion, Kiern climbed eleven places to cross the line in P6 and claim his place in the Final.
Starting the last race of the weekend from P12 on the grid, Jewiss’ eyes were firmly set on a top ten finish – which he duly delivered. An eventful final race saw a constant jostling for position across the grid where Kiern was able to gain six places to finish the WSK Final Cup in P6.
Jewiss left the weekend disappointed but was pleased with how his team, Forza Racing UK and GFR engines had put together a potential race-winning package.
“I’m disappointed with the results this weekend. The pace we had in testing was fantastic and I know the equipment was capable of a win. I was in a lot of pain through the final races of the weekend and although I was able to fight through the pain and stay at the front after 10 laps, I couldn’t withstand the grip levels through some of the corners. I’m happy that the equipment is there and I must thank everyone at Forza for their support along with Gordie at GFR for providing such strong engines. I’m going to re-coup and work on making sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Head of the MB Partners Young Driver Academy, Kieren Clark, felt that Kiern did well across the weekend in the face of injury in what was a fiercely competitive field.
“Considering Kiern’s condition, finishing 6th is a superb performance. There were other drivers who withdrew from the weekend because of similar injuries, which just shows Kiern’s grit and determination, I could see the pain he was in during race but he fought hard. Once he’s back to peak physical condition, I know he will be challenging to win the World Championships in November.”