Brands GP Showdown For Supercup Title Duel

The 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup title fight between Charlie Robertson and Carl Breeze will be decided this weekend in the final meeting of the season at Brands Hatch.

Three races around the iconic Grand Prix circuit separate either first year Supercup ace Robertson or Ginetta stalwart Breeze from the title, with Robertson heading into Rounds 25, 26 and 27 as the overwhelming favourite for the title

Robertson has sat atop the standings since Croft in June, and nine podium finishes in the last ten races have extended his lead to 56 points with 109 left to play for, an advantage cut to 34 with dropped scores taken into the equation.

With seventeen podium finishes in total including seven wins in his maiden Supercup campaign so far, both more than any other driver on the grid, Robertson has been the star driver in the field with HHC Motorsport, but a determined Breeze has clung on to keep himself in contention for the finale.

Breeze has struggled to match the pace of his teenage rival in recent outings as he pursues his 100th podium finish in Ginetta racing, but the 2012 champion won’t give up without a fight as he aims to add a second Supercup title to his resume.

It will take a huge swing of fortunes at Brands for the United Autosports driver to emerge victorious though, with him realistically needing to take race wins and see his rival hit trouble to have any chance of emerging victorious.

Robertson meanwhile can win the title in the opening race if he gains 17 points on Breeze, while if Breeze gains less than nine points on him in the first two races Robertson will win it with a race to spare.

Mathematically, it is a four-way fight for the honours with David Pittard and Andrew Watson also heading to Kent with an outside shot of taking the title, but realistically with them both sitting at least 75 points back it will take a disaster for the top two for either of them to take the crown.

Instead, those two will be focusing on their battle for third in the standings, with Pittard currently holding the advantage thanks to a dominant double victory at Silverstone. The SV Racing ace has a 29 point gap of Douglas Motorsports’ Watson, who is currently on a run of three consecutive podium finishes.

Tom Oliphant has slipped out of contention for the top three in recent meetings, but with a firm grasp on fifth in the championship, the Century Motorsport racer can head to Kent firmly focused on adding to his two wins so far to end his season on a high.

Luke Davenport is set to complete the top six in the points meanwhile after a double DNF for main rival Will Burns at Silverstone. Davenport will now return to the scene of his maiden Supercup win aiming for consistent top five finishes, having taken just one in the second half of the season, while Burns is determined to get a first win of the campaign.

Jamie Orton heads to Kent aiming to replicate his race-winning feat around the GP circuit twelve months ago, while Carl Boardley and Tom Howard will be aiming for top six finishes to cap off their campaigns, as will Dennis Strandberg who’s set for his second appearance of the season with Academy Motorsport.

Dan Norris-Jones will be hoping to end his second full Supercup season with an improvement on his best finish of eighth so far, while Reece Somerfield and Fergus Walkinshaw will share the grid again for the first time since their infamous Knockhill incident with top ten results the target.

Silverstone hosted the biggest grid of the season so far, but out of the six newcomers that weekend only one is returning. That is Paul McNeilly, who will compete in the series ‘AM class’ against Fraser Robertson in his G50 and one of three new faces for this weekend, Britcar regular Steve Fresle with Century Motorsport.

Declan Jones will make his first appearance in two years with SV Racing, while joining the grid for the first time as a privateer entrant will be Tom Wrigley, the newly-crowned 2014 Kumho BMW Champion.

Qualifying for the weekend’s three races kicks off the action on Saturday morning at 09.00, starting a busy day for the teams and drivers with the first two races following at 15.00 and 17.30. The final race of the season, televised live on ITV4, comes at 15.02 on Sunday.

Full championship standings heading into the meeting, without dropped scores included, can be found here.

(Header photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography)