Tom Gamble is the driver to beat in the Ginetta Junior Championship as the series heads to Oulton Park this weekend for the fourth meeting of the 2017 campaign.
The JHR Developments ace has been a near-permanent fixture on the podium so far this season, building a twenty point advantage atop the standings.
Gamble has been the highest points-scorer at each of the last two meetings, with three wins in the last five races and a run of six consecutive podium finishes as it stands.
Daniel Harper is his closest competition at present having posted four rostrum finishes to date, including a sensational third place at Thruxton from sixteenth on the grid.
The Norther Irishman returns to Oulton eager to banish the demons of a double retirement at the circuit last year, and add to his sole victory so far at Donington Park.
A double victor so far this campaign has been Sebastian Priaulx, who could be closer to the summit of the standings were it not for a difficult weekend at Donington last month.
The reigning Winter Series champion recorded a win apiece at Brands Hatch and Thruxton, whilst he’s also got the best qualifying average on the grid having carded four pole positions.
Fighting it out for victory at Thruxton meanwhile was Harry King, who secured a second podium finish of the campaign and has now got a return to the winners circle in his sights.
Tom Wood is leading the charge for reigning champions HHC Motorsport meanwhile, finishing outside the top six just twice so far and picking up three podium finishes.
Alongside those second year contenders, there has also been some rookie chargers making their presence felt right at the sharp end of the field.
Harry Dyson kicked off the season with a maiden win at Brands, and has since gone on to add one more podium finish to secure him the Rookie Class lead.
Kiern Jewiss’ breakthrough weekend came at Donington meanwhile as he took a pair of second place finishes, which he followed up with a fourth position at Thruxton.
On the verge of a maiden outright podium finish meanwhile is current Ginetta Junior scholar Adam Smalley, who ran as high as third at Thruxton and took a top six finish.
Three other drivers have finished on the Rookie podium so far in Matt Luff, Tom Canning and Ruben Del Sarte, with Luke Browning pushing to secure his top three breakthrough.
The competitiveness of the championship is proven by the fact that all twenty of this year’s entrants have taken overall top ten finishes in the seven races so far.
The final driver to do so was Jordan Collard and he’s a potential podium contender this weekend, as is Connor Grady who has carded a trio of fifth place finishes so far this year.
Full championship standings ahead of the meeting can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/file/?f=TOCA/2017/171803ptsgij.pdf