A dominant run from HHC Motorsport pairing James Kellett and Lando Norris has left Jack Mitchell looking over his shoulder at the top of the 2014 Ginetta Junior Championship standings as the series prepares for its eighth meeting of the season at Rockingham this weekend.
The HHC duo have dominated recent proceedings, taking a race win apiece in each of the latest three meetings, with four of those occasions seeing their team-mate follow them home for a one-two finish.
While Mitchell has taken three rostrum finishes in that period, his 102 point lead over Kellett after Croft has been narrowed to 76, while Norris has stormed up from 134 points back after Oulton Park to lie just seven points off his team-mate thanks to six consecutive top two finishes.
The HHC drivers head to Rockingham with all the momentum and are the favourites for the race wins again, in particular Kellett who took a victory at the circuit last year, and will feel that if they can continue their current form, and the leader hits trouble, one of them could steal the most unlikely of title victories.
Alongside Mitchell, JHR Developments have also been impressing recently with his quartet of team-mates Senna Proctor, Dan Zelos and Jamie Chadwick. Proctor came of age at Knockhill with his debut podium finish and wants more, while Zelos will be aiming to bounce back after a tough trip over the border and add to his single race win so far.
Chadwick meanwhile is still yet to climb to the top step of the podium this season. She’s regularly been in the hunt for victories, but all too often has found herself devoid of luck and will be desperate to add to her two podium finishes so far with a maiden win.
Over in the R&J Motorsport camp, Ryan Hadfield returned to form at Knockhill with a pair of top five finishes and a fourth podium of the season will be the goal for Rockingham. Ben Pearson has only taken one top seven finish in the last eight races, something he’ll be aiming to make amends for this weekend, while Jonathan Hadfield will also be hoping for a long-awaited return to the top six.
Jamie Caroline heads to Corby as a race-win contender despite a rough recent run of form while his Total Control Racing team-mates Matt Chapman and William Taylforth will be hoping for top ten finishes, while Tollbar Racing’s Jack Rawles will be in the hunt for podium finishes.
Qualifying for the weekend’s two races will take place at 14.00 on Saturday (6 September), with the opening race following at 17.00. The second race, televised live on ITV4, is scheduled for 10.55 on Sunday (7 September) meanwhile.