Answers may start to emerge in testing tomorrow but after only two rounds the battle for the 2016 crown seems to be boiling down to two drivers. Dan Cammish with Redline Racing and Dino Zamparelli with GT Marques. Three plays one in terms of race victories. For the former, Oulton Park represents the chance to assert his authority on the 2016 crown, for the latter, the opportunity to make a stand.
For Charlie Eastwood (Redline), more podiums must surely beckon. His transition from single-seaters to GT machinery was a focal point of the first two rounds and so far, he is proving a very worthy scholar. The two Toms, Ginetta men Sharp (IDL Racing) and Oliphant (Redline), have both shone at points over the first two rounds. Make no mistake both men are potential race winners, on pace not circumstance.
Lewis Plato is the lowest placed of the Redline men in the points but the Type 991 is a tough beast to tame. Plato will most likely come alive from Snetterton onwards, and gaining experience whilst staying out of trouble will be key this weekend.
John McCullagh was a very last minute addition to Pro-Am1 in 2016 for Redline, yet he leads Sean Hudspeth’s Parr Motorsport entry by two points in the standings. Bad luck for the likes of In2Racing pair Euan and Dan McKay has masked their potential. Pro-Am1 is the class most likely to deliver a thriller come season’s end. Oulton is the venue where the title picture, in theory, should start to settle. In theory…
Ditto Pro-Am2. Only three points separate Mark Radcliffe (Intersport), Tautvydas Barstys (Juta Racing) and Ian Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing). Consistency is always key in the title scraps such as this and the picturesque Cheshire venue features a romantic lack of run-off area to catch-out the unwary. For the top three men in Pro-Am2, a non-score in Cheshire could be a significant blow.
Testing on Friday is followed by a double-dose of track-action on Saturday. Qualifying at 12:05pm and round five of the 2016 season blasting off at 05:10pm. Race six is live on itv4 at 03:25pm on Sunday. The true nature of the 2016 story is yet to shake-out. This weekend should confirm the key protagonists and the key plot-lines. That makes it something to savour very much indeed.