Second in our list of drivers for 2020 is Jonathan Fieldsend racing in the Mk1 Championship as No.53.
This is the fourth season Jonathan has featured in the Mazda MX5 Championship. His first ever race was at Brands Hatch and he got lapped twice during a twenty-minute race. He’s not liked short circuits since!
Having got by with a hire car he splashed out on his own so he could have one with a seat near enough to the pedals to press the accelerator. Prior to entering the championship he had done no more than some karting and driving experience days. He’s very good at thinking about things and building spreadsheets to analyse the cost but he normally relies on his wife Helen to push him into action and it was she who encouraged him to stop talking and start doing.
All he had to do in return was to get his will sorted out beforehand.
He describes his first season as a leisurely drive around Brands and a marginally more successful outing at Donington. Family life and the need to have part of his cornea transplanted has got in the way of doing a full season for the next two years but for 2020 the diary has been cleared and he’s signed up for seven rounds.
Whenever he gets ready for qualifying he thinks to himself “What the bloody hell am I doing? There must be more sensible and age appropriate ways to spend a Saturday.” Five minutes later as he’s pulling out onto the circuit all such thoughts are banished. He tells his friends that racing is his meditation.
2019 was a year in which the statistics proved Jonathan has got better and it was nice ending a race at Donington with only 10 cars in front of him in parc ferme. One of his team mates said, “What are you doing up here?”. We’re hoping Jonathan continues to move forwards in 2020.
More progress hopefully and frankly it’s now got to the stage where we need Jonathan on the podium of a B race and an appearance in A races has to be a target.
One things for certain is that he doesn’t like Brands. He feels very honoured to drive at Silverstone but it always seems too big for the Mazdas.
Snetterton is his home track but it’s always cold. Anglesey is further than the Moon from Ipswich! So for Jonathan it comes down to a toss-up between Donington and Oulton. He loves the flow of Oulton but in the end it’s Donington. It’s a track where he feels he really gets into a rhythm as he head down the Craner Curves and through the Old Hairpin. Even a 720-degree spin going through the Craner Curves hasn’t put him off it.
When he got his own car his eldest son was five and his youngest three, so he stuck the numbers together. Simple as that.