The 2016 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup produced the sixth different champion in the championship’s history, with Tom Wrigley emerging victorious following a stellar campaign in which he led the way on race wins, pole positions and fastest laps.

The season would produce six different race-winners, eleven podium visitors and 21 separate top ten finishers in total, with a number of drivers making their mark in a competitive 2016 campaign – a full statistical breakdown of which can be found below:

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Wins

9 – Tom Wrigley

7 – Jamie Orton

3 – Will Burns

2 – Carl Boardley

1 – Mark Davies, Tom Hibbert

Podiums

17 – Burns

16 – Wrigley

12 – Orton

8 – Boardley

5 – Davies

3 – Hibbert, Ben Green

2 – Reece Somerfield

1 – Rob Wheldon, Callum Pointon, Jack Mitchell

Top Six Finishes

21 – Burns

19 – Boardley

18 – Wrigley

14 – Davies, Hibbert

13 – Orton

10 – Pointon

8 – Green

6 – Somerfield

4 – Mitchell

3 – Wheldon, Rob Gaffney

2 – Declan Jones, Colin White

1 – Chris Ingram

Top Ten Finishes

21 – Wrigley, Burns, Pointon

20 – Boardley

19 – Davies, Hibbert

16 – Green, Gaffney

14 – Orton

13 – Somerfield

12 – White

8 – Ingram

6 – Wheldon

5 – Mitchell, David Brooks

3 – Grahame Tilley, Fraser Robertson

2 – Jones, Jack Bartholomew, Ollie Chadwick

1 – Mike Newbold

Wrigley looked on course to equal or break the Supercup record of eleven wins in a season, but would eventually stall at nine, though he did make new ground with the most consecutive podium finishes to start the season in thirteen.

Wrigley would end the season with the worst podium percentage, 69.6%, of any Supercup champion so far though, the next lowest being Adam Morgan/Charlie Robertson on 74.1%, whilst on the other side, Burns recorded the best ever podium percentage, 73.9%, of any driver not to win the title.

Burns was joined by Boardley and Hibbert in securing their first Supercup race wins this season, with Hibbert joining Green, Wheldon, Pointon and Mitchell in gracing the Supercup podium for the first time this year – meaning the series now has 44 different podium finishers in its history.

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

AM Class Wins

18 – White

2 – Ingram

1 – Tilley, Robertson, Brooks

AM Class Podiums

18 – White

16 – Ingram

11 – Tilley

9 – Robertson

7 – Brooks

6 – James Guess

2 – Chris Car

White has been the dominant force in the AM class over the past two seasons with CWS Racing, as shown by his tally of 32 wins (71.1%) and 38 podiums (84.4%) in the 45 races he’s contested – his second AM title coming in the season within which he surpassed 100 starts overall in the series.

Pole Positions

4 – Wrigley

2 – Orton

1 – Burns, Boardley

Top Three Qualifying Results

7 – Wrigley

6 – Orton

3 – Burns

2 – Boardley, Davies

1 – Wheldon, Pointon, Green, Mitchell

Top Six Qualifying Results

7 – Wrigley, Burns, Orton

5 – Boardley, Davies, Hibbert

4 – Green

3 – Pointon

1 – Somerfield, Wheldon, Gaffney, Jones, Mitchell

Qualifying Average

2.14 – Orton

2.75 – Wrigley

3.75 – Burns

4.75 – Boardley

5.63 – Davies

6.88 – Green

7.25 – Pointon

8.13 – Hibbert

8.71 – Gaffney

10.17 – Somerfield

While Wrigley qualified on pole and in the top three more than anyone this year, Orton came away with the best average courtesy of qualifying in the top five in every session he contested, with Wrigley’s average dropping from 1.71 to 2.75 courtesy of his tenth place start in the finale.

Orton’s two pole positions would move him up to six overall in his Supercup career, putting him tied third with Charlie Robertson in the all-time standings, while both Burns and Boardley would top Supercup qualifying sessions for the first time this year

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Races Led

9 – Wrigley

7 – Orton

4 – Boardley, Hibbert

3 – Burns, Davies

1 – Pointon

Laps Led

141 – Wrigley

90 – Orton

45 – Boardley

37 – Hibbert, Davies

15 – Burns

8 – Pointon

Miles Led

236.67 – Wrigley

172.58 – Orton

74.58 – Boardley

69.75 – Davies

62.10 – Hibbert

23.55 – Burns

13.12 – Pointon

 

Fastest Laps

9 – Wrigley

5 – Orton

4 – Boardley

2 – Burns, Davies

1 – Hibbert

While Wrigley, Orton and Burns would win all the races they led this season, the drivers with the least successful hit-rate would be Hibbert, who would only win one of the four races he led, and Pointon, who would end the year as the only driver to lead a race and not win one.

Places Gained From Grid Position

56 – Green

55 – Somerfield

53 – White

37 – Davies

31 – Hibbert

30 – Wrigley, Gaffney, Brooks

29 – Boardley

28 – Pointon

26 – Ingram

25 – Burns

22 – Robertson

4 – Orton

Biggest Points Haul From Three Race Weekend

108 – Wrigley (Donington Park)

97 – Orton (Rockingham)

91 – Wrigley (Brands Hatch Indy)

88 – Boardley (Silverstone)

87 – Burns (Rockingham)

86 – Burns (Brands Hatch GP)

84 – Boardley (Brands Hatch GP)

83 – Burns (Brands Hatch Indy)

79 – Orton (Brands Hatch Indy), Wrigley (Silverstone)

77 – Davies (Rockingham)

74 – Boardley (Donington Park), Burns (Silverstone)

70 – Hibbert (Rockingham), Orton (Silverstone), Mitchell (Brands Hatch GP)

Wrigley’s Donington Park heroics would see him finish just one point shy of a perfect score from the weekend, with just the race two fastest lap eluding him. There have only been two perfect weekends in series history, Tom Ingram at Croft in 2013 and Tom Sharp at Thruxton in 2012

While Green gained the most places across the campaign, the single-best drive came from Davies, who moved up from 18th to 6th in race two at Silverstone. There were three other drivers who gained ten places in a race – Wrigley (Round 17), Mitchell (Round 19) and Somerfield (Round 22).

The driver to move forwards in the most races this year was Burns, who gained ground in fourteen races for a total of 25 positions. The next best were Green and White, who moved forwards in thirteen races each, whilst remarkably, Orton would only do so in three races all year.

If you missed it, our 2016 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup season review can be found here.