As we prepare for the second half of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season to kick off this weekend at Snetterton, we’ve looked back at the first five weekends of the support championship’s racing and picked the key numbers from the action so far.
4 – Charlie Robertson is currently on a run of four consecutive Ginetta GT4 Supercup pole positions, with only Andrew Watson beating him in qualifying so far this season at the Brands Hatch season opener.
4 – Jack Mitchell (Ginetta Junior) and Jayde Kruger (Formula Ford GB) are currently tied for the longest winning streaks of 2014 so far, having each taken four wins in a row. Mitchell won the opening four Ginetta races, while Kruger followed up an Oulton Park treble with victory in the Croft opener.
9 – Josh Webster’s nine podium finishes in nine races en-route to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB points lead is the longest podium run of any driver across the support series. Josh Cook’s six in a row in the Clio Cup is the next best.
11 – Eleven Clio Cup cars took part in the Thruxton meeting in May, with the same number of cars entering the Porsche’s that weekend and at Croft, the joint smallest grids on the support package this season so far.
11 – Eleven is also the number of different overall podium finishers in Formula Ford and the Ginetta Supercup this season, making them the most competitive series on the package. The Clio Cup has had 10, the Porsche’s and Ginetta Juniors 8 apiece.
14 – Lando Norris notched his first Ginetta Junior podium in Round Three at Donington Park at the age of just 14 years, five months and seven days, the youngest podium finisher on the support package this year.
16 – SV Racing’s quartet of KX Akademy drivers have so far carded sixteen podium finishes between themselves in the Clio Cup, with Josh Cook getting seven and Alex Morgan, Ash Hand and Ant Whorton-Eales adding three each.
20 – With twenty drivers competing in every race so far, the Ginetta Juniors has enjoyed the biggest grids on the support package over the first half of the season, a real boost for the series after having grids of 12 to 14 at the same time in 2013.
45 – Seven podium finishes in nine races this season makes it 45 podiums in the last 68 Porsche Carrera Cup GB races for two-time category champion Michael Meadows.
58 – Six top three finishes so far this year mean Carl Breeze has now notched up a record 58 Ginetta GT4 Supercup podium finishes. The 2012 champion also lies one win shy of matching Tom Sharp’s all-time win record of 20.
93 – Jack Mitchell currently sits a huge 93 points clear at the top of the Ginetta Junior standings. In comparison, Harry Woodhead and Seb Morris had 135 and 88 point leads respectively at the halfway mark of their title-winning campaigns.
94 – Since Jayde Kruger joined Formula Ford GB at Oulton last year, the South African has shown remarkable consistency to finish in the top six in 94% of the races he’s competed in so far (34 times in 36 races).
97 – Ninety-seven different drivers have competed on the support package this season, including guest drivers. The most popular series has been the Porsche Carrera Cup with 28 different racers, with Pepe Massot and Max Coates the only drivers to have competed in two different support series.
*Main image credits: Malcolm Griffiths (Porsche Image), Jakob Ebrey Photography (All Others)*