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2017 Driver Ratings School Report: Kiren Jewiss

Year: First

Team: Douglas Motorsport

TERM ONE

Grade: B

Comment: In only his first season in the car racing, Jewiss was no stranger to the podium by the summer break. His Ginetta Junior debut didn’t quite go to plan with a retirement at Brands Hatch, but he quickly notched up the points. There were a few less than brilliant performances, and no win for the rookie just yet, but Jewiss took seven podiums from 12 races and was third in the championship standings by the break.

TERM TWO

Grade: B-

Comment: The strong performances continued in the first part of the second half of the season, with two more podiums at Snetterton and Jewiss’ first win at Knockhill, but Jewiss’ results began to fall away towards the end of the year. He still claimed top five finishes in 10 of the 14 races, but couldn’t quite match the results of his first five rounds.

Overall Grade: B

Best moment of the season: Having taken his seventh second place of the season in the opening race at Knockhill, Jewiss was determined to take the top step at last when he started on pole for race two. He held off attacks from Sebastian Priaulx before an early safety car, after which it was team-mate Dan Harper putting pressure on the rookie. Harper briefly snatched the lead late in the race, but Jewiss passed the 2016 rookie champion on the final lap of the race to take his first – and so far only – win in the championship.
Worst moment of the season: A strong second race at Donington Park turned into a disaster after a poor safety car restart for Jewiss. The rookie had been running second, right on the tail of leader Harper, when the safety car was brought out for a multicar incident further down the field. Jewiss was swamped on the restart and fell into a five car battle for second.  He was in the middle of the group when two cars behind him made contact and Tom Gamble clipped the back of Jewiss’ car, sending him into Scott McKenna and flying out of the race. It was Jewiss’ second – and last – retirement of the season.

Feature credit: Caroline Rhea

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