Wide Open Supercup Field Prepares For Oulton Challenge


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With five different race-winners in the opening six races, the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup is as wide open as ever this season as the series prepares to return from a five week break this weekend at Oulton Park.

In fact, with the series record for the different number of race-winners in a season standing at eight in 2013, and with plenty more drivers capable of victories this year, this could become the most competitive and unpredictable season in series history.

The pace-setter in the season opener at Brands Hatch last month was George Gamble as he took a double win on his series debut, but he now heads to Oulton looking to bounce back from a nightmare outing at Donington Park, when he could only secure a best of seventh.

All five of the race-winners so far are first time victors in the series, with the second meeting of the season in Leicestershire producing a trio of winners in new championship leader Callum Pointon, series debutant Tom Roche and sophomore contender Ben Green.

Both Pointon and Green are benefitting from moves to former series champions in HHC Motorsport and Century Motorspot respectively, with a hugely positive run so far from Pointon seeing him collect a quartet of top two finishes, while Green has three to his name.

Roche’s opportunity came as he replaced Jack Mitchell in the Laser Tools G55, but with no British GT commitments this weekend, the Brands Hatch race-winner is back in the hot seat with Rob Boston Racing as he tries to make up some lost ground in the title battle.

The list of potential other race-winners in the field is headed by Carl Boardley, a double victor last season who has two podiums so far this year, while Declan Jones has also finished in the top three twice as it stands at the start of his first full season in a G55.

Reece Somerfield and Tom Hibbert are both former race-winners in the championship, having taken solitary successes in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and whilst both are searching for their first podiums of the season, they have the pace to be in the mix for more wins.

An impressive start to the season for Clio Cup convert Charlie Ladell has seen him take podium finishes on each of his first two weekends meanwhile, with a breakthrough win his next target, while fellow newcomers Seb Perez and Adam Higgins are showing consistent improvement.

Championship stalwart Colin White is once again the leading light in the AM category, with the 2015 and 2016 class champion having taken four victories across the six races so far to hold a near thirty point advantage atop the standings heading to Oulton.

Ginetta GT5 Challenge graduate Jac Constable has taken the other two class victories on offer so far, the highlights of a great start to his maiden Supercup campaign, while Team HARD’s Dan Kirby has also started Supercup life well with three visits to the rostrum.

The other podium finishers in the class so far have been Alex Taylor, David Brooks, Jack Minshaw and Ian Robinson, all of whom will join Kirby in targeting a breakthrough win, whilst ex-BTCC racer Andy Wilmot and debutant Jason Baker are also candidates for success.

Full championship standings ahead of the meeting can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/file/?f=TOCA/2017/171503ptsg50.pdf