After a lengthy eight week break, the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup returns to action this weekend at Snetterton, with Tom Wrigley heading to Norfolk as the man to beat in the BTCC support championship.
A sensational start to the 2016 campaign has seen the Rob Boston Racing ace take podium finishes in each of the eight races so far, with five consecutive victories, including a historic hat-trick at Donington Park, building him a 63 point lead at the top of the standings.
Wrigley is aiming for more success this time out as he returns to the scene of his maiden championship win twelve months ago, but two drivers keen to stop him and regain some ground in the championship is Will Burns and Jamie Orton.
Burns was the last driver to beat Wrigley on track when he took his maiden series victory in the final race at Brands Hatch, and a double podium finish on each of the three race weekends so far have secured the Douglas Motorsport man second in the standings.
His former team-mate Orton also took his only victory of the season at Brands Hatch as part of five visits to the podium so far, which he’ll be eager to add to at a circuit around which he secured a pair of second place finishes last season.
One driver heading to Snetterton in confident mood will be Mark Davies, who secured his first podium finish of the season last time out at Oulton Park. With that breakthrough under his belt, the former three-time Ginetta champion now has his sights on the top step of the podium.
Three other drivers on the current grid have taken podium finishes in the opening eight races, with Reece Somerfield recording second place in the Brands closer, whilst Carl Boardley and Ben Green finished second and third respectively in the final Donington encounter.
Boardley, who celebrated his 50th Supercup start last time out, is the most consistent front-runner of the trio with half a dozen top six finishes so far, whilst Green is the rising star of the grid as he continues to acclimatise to his G55 GT4 after one previous season of Junior racing.
Tom Hibbert couldn’t have gotten closer to a podium breakthrough, having finished fourth on two occasions so far this season, whilst Callum Pointon and Rob Gaffney will also head to Norfolk with podium aspirations as fellow top six finishers themselves.
In the AM class, it is reigning champion Colin White who has been the dominant force once again with seven wins in eight races, though a group of drivers will be aiming to dethrone him, including the other class race winner Grahame Tilley and series stalwart Fraser Robertson.
Four other drivers will complete in the class this weekend, with Douglas Motorsport pair Chris Ingram and Mike Newbold joined by David Brooks, who made his series debut last time out, and aptly named series newcomer Chris Car with Century Motorsport.
The weekend’s Supercup action will begin with qualifying at 10:55 on Saturday, which is followed by race one at 15:10 that afternoon. Sunday will host two races, with the opener at 10:35 before a long wait for race three at 17:45.