The ultra-competitive Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup returns to action at Donington Park this weekend after a sensational opening meeting of 2014 at Brands Hatch that featured three different race-winners.
While three drivers shared the wins, there was one driver that stood out from the pack with a hat-trick of podium finishes over the weekend, Andrew Watson. The Douglas Motorsport ace followed up an opening race win with second and third place finishes to secure himself a 21 point championship lead.
The Irishman now heads to Donington hoping for a better time of things this year than during his visit twelve months ago, when a dramatic fire was the lowpoint of a weekend that yielded two retirements and just a ninth place finish.
While Watson was toiling at Donington last season, Carl Breeze was thriving with a double victory, and the 2012 Supercup champion will be hoping to replicate that level of success to gain some points back after a frustrating Brands opener.
A fourth place in race one with new team United Autosports was the highlight, with contact and mechanical failure meaning he failed to complete a lap of the other two races, already putting him 71 points adrift of Watson in the early standings.
Having a similarly nightmare start to the season was Pepe Massot. Dramas in the first two races led to just two fourteenth place finishes, though his weekend ended on a high with a charge through to fifth in race three. The Spaniard will be hoping to use that momentum and challenge for victories at the scene of his last Supercup win a year ago.
Emerging at the front of the group of talented Supercup rookies on the grid this season meanwhile was Charlie Robertson. The 2012 Ginetta Junior champion made an eye-catching return to sportscar racing, taking a third place and a race win at Brands, and will be hoping for similar results at a circuit he won twice at last season in BRDC Formula 4.
The other race-winner on the opening weekend was Luke Davenport, the United Autosports man having emerged victorious in race three. He’ll be hoping for more podium action this weekend, as will fellow Ginetta GT5 Challenge graduate David Pittard, who took third in race two with SV Racing.
Century Motorsport pairing Jamie Orton and Tom Oliphant are sure to be in the mix at the front at Donington, having both carded a podium finish apiece at Brands, as will Harry Woodhead, the reigning Ginetta Junior champion having shown flashes of his potential during a tough first Supercup outing.
One team hoping for an upturn in the fortunes in Leicestershire will be Academy Motorsport. The team were frustrated with their pace for the majority of the opening weekend, but a top six finish for Will Burns in race three, a race team-mate Sean Huyton led for a long time, has given them confidence of challenging at Donington.
With Reece Somerfield, Fergus Walkinshaw and Dan Norris-Jones all also capable of challenging for top ten finishes, the Supercup is sure to once again be the most competitive and action-packed support championship on the package this weekend.
After pre-event testing on Thursday, the competitive action begins with qualifying on Saturday at 09:30, with Round Four taking place later in the day at 14:45. Easter Sunday’s action begins with Round Five at 09:25, with their weekends work closing with Round Six at 15:07.