This weekend will see the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup return to the track for the next round of the season at Snetterton. The championship is the perfect stepping stone for any of the drivers to move up into higher formulas of motorsport across the world. This is not quite the half way point of the season for the Ginetta GT4 Supercup drivers as they missed two rounds of the year supporting the BTCC to reduce costs for the drivers. Rob Boston Racing’s Tom Wrigley has been the star in all the headlines about the championship as he has dominated so far this year. He has won six out of the eighth races contested so far in 2016. Currently Wrigley has an advantage of sixty-three points over his closest rival, which is newlywed Will Burns. The Douglas Motorsport driver has a race win as well as another five podiums under his belt so far this year. He will definitely be looking to impress his new wife this weekend at Snetterton and add silverware to his trophy cabinet.
Close behind is Triple M’s Jamie Orton, he is one of the favourites to take the title this year. He has already taken five podiums, one of which being an overall win. There have been quite a few people taking podiums as well as the top three, Carl Boardley and Reece Somerfield have taken second place finishes during the season so far with Mark Davies and Ben Green both having taken a third place finish each.
There are a few drivers who are still looking to take their maiden podiums of the year. Tom Hibbert, Callum Pointon and second newlywed in the series, Rob Gaffney. All three have looked competitive this year but Hibbert has only managed to finish inside the top five in about half of the years’ races so far.
Colin White, the reigning AM class champion, currently has a comfortable lead of seventy-seven points after winning seven out of the eight races in the AM class. Second place in the AM class is Grahame Tilley, the only other driver in the class to have taken a win. the class podiums have been split fairly evenly between two drivers from last year. Chris Ingram, currently in third place in the championship, has taken three podiums and has always ended within the top five. Fraser Roberston is currently lying in fifth in the championship has taken four podiums but struggled during the opening rounds at Brands Hatch and has since been playing catch up to the other drivers.
Mike Newbould is one driver to keep an eye on as he hunts for his first piece of silverware of the season. It is likely he will come under immense pressure from David Brookes, he made his Supercup debut at Oulton Park and matched Chris Ingram within the results. There is also a new driver joining the Century Motorsport team, Chris Car will make his debut at Snetterton so he will definitely be one to watch.
Both Tom Wrigley and Colin White have healthy championship leads they will certainly be looking to extend the lead or at least keep the gap as big as possible. No doubt their title rivals will be pushing themselves to the limit to try and catch the two championship leaders. There will be three races for the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Snetterton and no doubt they will be action packed. You can watch some of the races live on ITV4 on Sunday.
Who will come out on top this weekend? Will Wrigley and White keep their points leads as big? Or will their title rivals close down the gaps? Make sure you keep up to date with the championship as it is definitely an interesting one.
©Fay Tilley 27th July 2016.