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Mid-Season Facts: 2018 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup

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2018 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

The Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup returns to action this weekend at Snetterton (28/29 July) following the summer break, and in anticipation, we’ve looked back at the season so far and picked out eight fascinating facts and statistics.

  1. Championship leader Charlie Ladell has finished on the podium in all eleven races so far this season, which is only two away from Tom Wrigley’s record of starting a season with thirteen on the bounce from 2016, but only halfway to Tom Ingram’s all-time Supercup podium streak.
  2. Ladell has incredibly not run lower than fourth place at any point so far this season. Qualifying third or higher each weekend, he stayed in the podium positions for the first 173 laps of the season, only dropping to fourth for the first time in the final race at Croft.
  3. While Ladell has enjoyed plenty of success, it’s his title rival Carl Boardley who achieved the rare accolade of winning all three races in a meeting at Croft. He’s joined an exclusive club, with only Tom Sharp (four times), Tom Wrigley (twice) and Tom Ingram having achieved hat-tricks before.
  4. Race three at Croft saw Ladell, Boardley, Reece Somerfield and Harry King lead the race at points, with that being the first time ever that four different drivers have led laps in the same Supercup race. It was the 192nd race in series history, with the double century coming up at Silverstone.
  5. Series newcomer Carl Shield has finished in the top ten in every race so far this year, a feat only matched by title contenders Ladell and Boardley. The last driver to finish each of their first ten races in the series in the top ten was Michael Caine in 2015.
  6. Somerfield and Colin White have both hit the milestone of 150 Supercup starts this year, with 155 and 152 races to their name respectively. Their combined tally of 307 starts compares to a total of only 378 for the rest of the field that started at Croft.
  7. Boardley currently has 98 starts under his belt, which means he should become only the fifth ever Supercup centurion next time out at Snetterton, joining Somerfield, White, Carl Breeze and Jamie Orton. David Brooks meanwhile reached his half century at Croft, the 20th driver to do so.
  8. Across the eleven races so far, a total of 321 places have been gained from grid positions, with White picking up the most with 38. The best single race figure is nine, with Tom Roche rising from 11th to 2nd at Brands Hatch, while Michael Crees climbed from 19th to 10th at Donington Park.
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