The largest Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup entry of the season will be taking to the grid for the penultimate meeting of the 2014 season at Silverstone this weekend, with Charlie Robertson and Carl Breeze leading the way as they battle it out for championship honours.
Consistently the fastest drivers on the grid all season, Robertson and Breeze have seen off the competition of Andrew Watson, David Pittard and Tom Oliphant to make it a two-horse race for the title, with Robertson holding a 48 point lead heading to the ‘Home of British Motorsport’.
Recent meetings have seen it become a game of cat and mouse between Ginetta stalwart Breeze and Supercup ‘rookie’ Robertson. Breeze closed the gap by 17 points at Knockhill with a double win, however Robertson hit back last time out at Rockingham with a win of his own to gain back 19 points.
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It’s a long shot, but Robertson does head to Silverstone with the opportunity to wrap the title up a weekend early. If the 17 year old takes pole position, wins both races and posts the fastest lap in each, and Breeze finishes outside the top fifteen or retires in both, Robertson will be champion.
Realistically though, the HHC Motorsport racer goes into the weekend hoping to maintain or extend his advantage over United Autosports’ Breeze ahead of the triple-header Brands Hatch GP finale, which previous years of the Supercup has shown is a meeting where anything can happen.
Needing something rather dramatic to happen to take the title is Douglas Motorsport’s Watson, who sits third in the standings over 100 points behind Robertson, with 182 points left to play for. This means his main focus is on maintaining his third place standing, with Pittard in close pursuit.
Watson put a rough set of results behind him with a return to the top step of the podium at Rockingham, his third win of the season putting himself seven points ahead of SV Racing’s Pittard, who also returned to the podium last time out after a less than sparkling run of form since the summer break.
Sitting not much further back in fifth at the moment as well is Oliphant, a last-gasp third in the Rockingham closer and a top three treble last month at Snetterton keeping him in contention. While 46 points back from Watson, a good Silverstone weekend could make it a thrilling three-way scrap for third in the season finale.
Another championship fight that looks like it will go down to the wire meanwhile is for the final top six spot, with Ginetta GT5 Challenge graduates Will Burns and Luke Davenport scrapping it out. Burns is the in-form driver of the two, having seen a run of eleven consecutive top five finishes come to an end at Rockingham, but Davenport has proved his pace with two wins so far this campaign.
Looking to battle them for top six finishes this weekend will be Tom Howard, The former Ginetta Junior racer made a strong Supercup debut at Rockingham with Tollbar Racing, and could well move up the grid this time out.
Jamie Orton will also be hunting for top six finishes to end his season on a high, while Carl Boardley will be in the mix on his second outing since returning to the series. Supercup regulars Reece Somerfield and Dan Norris-Jones will also be in action, and they will find themselves battling a host of series newcomers this weekend.
Ginetta are trialling their new Pro-Am format at Silverstone ahead of its introduction for 2015, and that, along with a couple of empty cars at front-running teams, has brought six new entries to the grid for the penultimate meeting. See a full breakdown of who here.
Those entries means the Supercup will be enjoying a boosted grid of nineteen cars for the weekend, and with a season-high entry on a circuit that promotes close racing, we’re set for the most action-packed and entertaining meeting of the season so far.
Qualifying for the weekend’s two races takes place at 14.15 on Saturday (27th). Both races follow on Sunday, with the opener at 09.45 and the second televised live on ITV4 at 15.15.