The Michelin Clio Cup Series field heads to Croft this weekend for what could prove to be a pivotal meeting in deciding the destination of the 2016 title.
Last time out at Brands Hatch, a second victory of the season for Brett Lidsey moved him to the summit of the points standings ahead of James Dorlin.
It’s the first time this season that Dorlin hasn’t headed the championship, with the Westbourne Motorsport ace having suffered a lowly ninth after mechanical problems in the second race.
That means that despite only having taken two race wins so far to Dorlin’s five, the ultra-consistent Lidsey now holds the advantage after finishing all nine races to date on the podium.
Both drivers will head to North Yorkshire confident of further success at a circuit they both finished on the podium at last season – a feat also achieved by Sam Randon.
Randon and Luke Pinder remain outside contenders for the title should the top two hit trouble, lying 42 and 46 points behind Lidsey respectively.
Both have five podiums to their name this season, with Westbourne’s Randon having secured a second win of the year at Brands Hatch – a milestone that Pinder has firmly in his sights.
Ben Palmer heads to Croft in confident mood after securing a first podium of the year at Brands, with Tom Barley and Dan Kirby amongst those in the pack chasing a first top three result.
In the Road Series, four consecutive victories for Nic Harrison has put him fifteen points clear at the top of the class standings from race-winners Jack Fabby and Sarah Franklin.
Following the two races at Croft there are only double-headers at Anglesey and Silverstone remaining, meaning it’s all to play for this weekend.