The teams and drivers in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship ‘TOCA’ support package showed no signs of rustiness as they returned to action at Snetterton after the six week summer break, with the Norfolk crowds and TV audience treated to a thrilling weekend of racing.
While the Renault UK Clio Cup was taking an extended summer halt, the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Ginetta Junior Championship and MSA Formula were in action and we’ve picked out our drivers of the weekend from each category.
Ginetta GT4 Supercup – Tom Oliphant
Six races ago, Oliphant was 82 points adrift of the Supercup points lead. Four wins and two other podium finishes since, he now holds a nine point lead atop the standings and is the driver to beat as the field head into the final ten races of the season.
It’s been a dominant spell for the Century Motorsport ace, as showcased at Snetterton where he topped practice and qualifying before carding two comfortable lights to flag victories, before showing his battling spirit to climb up to second in race three to make it eight consecutive podium finishes.
Porsche Carrera Cup GB – Tom Sharp
Sharp has been knocking on the door of a podium finish in the Carrera Cup throughout his maiden season so far, and after showcasing his potential with six top six finishes in the first eight races, he finally broke through to the top three at Snetterton with his family team.
Qualifying in the top three for both races – as he has done for half the races this season so far – a mistake in the opening race left him fourth, but he bounced back in style with a composed drive to hold second throughout race two.
Ginetta Juniors – Billy Monger
Just as he seemed to be slipping out of the title picture in the Juniors, a superb outing for Monger at Snetterton has thrust the JHR Developments man right back into the championship mix with eight races to go.
Taking his first Ginetta pole position in qualifying, Monger was unlucky to miss out on the win in the opening race with second place, but a controlled drive from pole in race two saw him get away from the chaos behind and pull clear of the field for his second win of the campaign so far.
MSA Formula – Colton Herta
After picking up his first two podium finishes in the previous two meetings, Herta was one of the in-form drivers heading to Snetterton and the teenage American used that confidence to full effect with a sensational weekend in Norfolk.
The Carlin driver showed his speed with a double pole position in qualifying, but saw his first attempt at victory go awry with a spin while leading in race one. That ended up playing into his favour with the reverse grid though, and he went on to show his class with two superb victories on Sunday.
Who else impressed?
Dan Cammish, obviously, thanks to another storming Carrera Cup double, while his successor to the Formula Ford title Jayde Kruger enjoyed his most competitive Porsche showing so far. In their old stomping ground, Dan Ticktum got his MSA Formula title bid back on track with a podium treble.
Jamie Caroline extended his Ginetta Junior winning streak to five races in the opener, before a tough second race allowed Senna Proctor to close in at the top of the standings thanks to a second place. Across the Ginetta paddock meanwhile, Tom Wrigley took a superb maiden Supercup win in the final race, while Will Burns smashed the existing lap record to indicate the pace he had, even if the races didn’t go his way.