Scotland awaits for all-action TOCA support championships

09 Aug 17

Battles in the TOCA support package will continue this weekend (12/13 August) as four championships make the annual pilgrimage north of the border to Knockhill.

A stop on the calendar that is never short on drama, the undulating twists and turns of the 1.27 mile circuit are set to provide a pivotal chapter in the outcome of who will be crowned champions at Brands Hatch GP in October.

Despite the absence of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Ginetta still have two different championships running over the weekend, with the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship being one of them, having captured the attention of many once again this year.

As it stands, a five-way battle is in full swing at the top of the standings with JHR Developments team-mates Sebastian Priaulx and Tom Gamble leading the way. The trio of Kiern Jewiss, Daniel Harper and Tom Wood have all gained ground though, most notably last time out at Snetterton.

Priaulx had headed into the second half of the season as the form driver but a tough outing little over a week ago saw his rivals close. Gamble has been a constant threat since round one whilst the likes of Jewiss, Harper and Wood have been steadily pushing their way to the sharp end.

Jewiss is yet to actually make it to the top step of the podium whereas Harper did so on what was his best-ever weekend at Snetterton, bagging two wins. Wood was the other victor that day, and with all three of them with momentum on their side, the question continues to be asked of whether they can catch the top two.

The Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge returns to the TOCA package having last been on the billing at Thruxton in early May. Traditionally competing alongside the British GT Championship, the one-make G40 category makes its first-ever visit to Knockhill with a delicately poised title fight.

Shane Storey and Lewis Brown have been embroiled in a season-long duel for supremacy with Storey currently the better placed of the two, holding a 20-point advantage at the summit.

Both will be keen to get the upper hand on each other however a host of protagonists will also be looking for silverware. Ollie Wilkinson, Nick Zapolski, Max Bird and Katie Milner are all ones to watch.

In the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, double champion Daniel Cammish returns to the grid looking to close the gap to new points leader Charlie Eastwood. The double champion was forced to miss Snetterton due to a date clash with the Porsche Supercup event in Hungary, handing his Redline Racing team-mate the advantage as he clinched victory in Norfolk.

Sitting third overall, Cammish trails Eastwood by 15 points with fellow Snetterton race winner Dino Zamparelli squeezed between them. Expect fireworks to fly between these three as they all look to gain the upper hand whilst the likes of Tom Oliphant and Euan Mckay aim to throw themselves into the mix too.

Fans of the British F4 Championship will be in for a treat with no less than four races being staged at the Fife venue. Due to a race not being run at Oulton Park earlier in the year, the single seater category will have two races on Saturday and two on Sunday.

When it comes down to what drivers are likely to stand out around the picturesque track, Jamie Caroline tops the list. The Carlin driver has broken records this year with his nine victories placing him in a commanding position atop of the standings.

Likely to suit his driving style, Caroline could take a big step towards clinching the title although Snetterton winner Oscar Piastri will have something to say about that. Closing the gap on Caroline last time out, Piastri leads Linus Lundqvist and Logan Sargeant hoping to once again take points away from the Pirtek-backed juggernaut.

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