Brands Hatch Finale: Ginetta GT Supercup Preview

Tom Sharp, Carl Breeze and Tom Ingram head to the final rounds of the 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Brands Hatch in contention for the title.

With three races left around the fearsome Grand Prix layout to settle the championship, Sharp and Breeze are level on points at the top of the standings, though Sharp holds a narrow two point lead on dropped scores, while Ingram sits a further fifty points adrift.

Sharp’s incredible eight wins in the opening nine races of the year meant his championship lead was well over one hundred points at one stage, however Breeze has closed him down with a fantastic run of fifteen podiums in the last sixteen races, including five wins.

Ingram meanwhile has been quick throughout the year, as shown by a stunning pair of wins at Rockingham, however four retirements compared to his opponent’s one each mean the KX Akademy-backed star will realistically need Sharp and Breeze to run into trouble if he is to snatch a third consecutive Ginetta title, though with three intense races to come, anything can happen.

Two drivers who will be right in the mix looking to steal the headlines from the title protagonists will be Andrew Richardson and Jake Hill. Richardson’s confidence is sky-high after he took a long-awaited maiden win at Silverstone, a result that helped clinch his Richardson Racing outfit the Team’s Championship, while Hill’s on an impressive run, having secured three podiums in the last five races, with both looking to secure wins at Brands.

In the G50 class meanwhile, the title was wrapped up at Silverstone by Mark Davies, the dominant champion now hoping to step up into a G55 for the Brands races. This gives his main competitors in recent meetings, Rob Gaffney, Reece Somerfield and Declan Jones a chance to shine.

Gaffney has had an incredible year, securing 18 podiums in 24 races, however Davies’ dominance means just two of those were wins, something the Meridian Motorsport star will be aiming to rectify at Brands. Somerfield and Jones meanwhile have taken a class win apiece, Jones’ maiden victory coming at Silverstone, with both aiming to add to their success at Brands.