Preview: Pointon Heads Open Supercup Battle Into Snetterton

by Simon Paice

While Callum Pointon holds a nearly fifty point advantage atop the points standings, a whole pack of Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup drivers head to Snetterton this weekend in with a chance of the race victories.

A wide-open season has already produced six different race winners, while two former victors and some rising talents have their eye on the top step in the most competitive Supercup season in recent memory.

Pointon leads the pack with 2014 champions HHC Motorsport after showing strong consistency over the first half of the season, with just a single victory at Donington Park being backed up by seven other podiums.

Four other drivers have won more races than Pointon, with Brands Hatch double-winner George Gamble emerging as his closest challenger in the points after returning to form at Croft with a podium treble.

It was Ben Green who headed into the summer break with the most momentum though after a stunning Croft weekend, with his first double victory in the series moving him into the championship top three.

A double winner the weekend meanwhile before was Tom Hibbert, and while his Oulton Park dominance was his only visits to the podium this season, he lies just three points adrift of Green at halfway.

One to watch this weekend is Carl Boardley, as he aims to bounce back from a run of just one finish in the last four races and rekindle the sort of form that saw him finish the 2016 campaign with two late wins.

Rob Boston Racing duo Jack Mitchell and Charlie Ladell head to Norfolk as firm podium contenders, with Ladell having shown his potential with two early visits to the rostrum at the start of his debut campaign.

With no British GT clashes remaining to worry about, Mitchell will be in the Laser Tools G55 for the remainder of the year now and putting his focus on adding to his three podium finishes so far, which include one win.

Declan Jones is keen to build on a top three double from Donington, while former race-winner Reece Somerfield and talented Junior graduate Seb Perez are hunting their first podium visits of the campaign.

In the AM class meanwhile, Colin White is facing his biggest fight yet to win the AM class title, with Jac Constable having stormed to within seven points at the top of the points with a Croft victory treble.

That was made all the more impressive by the fact he finished in the overall top six as well, but 2015 and 2016 class champion White won’t be phased by that and has only finished off the class podium once so far.

Those two are the only class contenders to take victories to date, but podium finishers Jack Minshaw, Dan Kirby, Ian Robinson and Alexis Taylor will fancy their chances, likewise ex-BTCC ace Andy Wilmot.

Full championship standings ahead of the Snetterton meeting can be found here:

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