TOCA support championships produce Silverstone thriller

18 Sep 17

The TOCA support package produced two days of blockbuster action at Silverstone this past weekend (September 16/17) to set up a tantalising title crescendo in two weeks time.

Four championships will head to Brands Hatch at the end of the month with champions needing to be crowned after several twists and turns took place at the penultimate event of the season.

One category that won’t be decided however is the Renault UK Clio Cup. Mike Bushell put himself out of touch from his rivals to secure his second title in the series with two races remaining.

Race one took place in treacherous conditions as the field battled the elements after heavy rain fell at the Northamptonshire circuit. Though the spray came James Dorlin to score his second win of the season after chasing down Lucas Orrock.

Paul Rivett marked his 200th Clio race in fine style with victory in an enthralling second encounter, holding off the advances of Bushell who added this year’s title to the one he took in 2014.

Tom Gamble made history in the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship as he took a step closer to the title. The Elite Motorsport driver was perfection personified as he became the first driver in the series to bag a hat-trick of wins on the same weekend.

Gamble, who entered the weekend with a slender championship lead, now heads into the final event of the year with a 42-point advantage over Sebastian Priaulx.

Kiern Jewiss meanwhile built up an unassailable lead in the Rookie category over his closest rival Adam Smalley to take the crown.

The Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup saw Ben Green keep his championship aspirations alive by closing the gap to leader Callum Pointon.

Having the edge over Pointon for a majority of the weekend, Green took a commanding victory in race one to cut the deficit and did so again by outscoring the Century Motorsport driver in race two before he hit back in the third race of the weekend.

Jack Mitchell and George Gamble picked up the remaining victories in the championship.

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB will go to the final round and looks set to crown a new champion too, with Dino Zamparelli and Charlie Eastwood tied on points.

Zamparelli had a weekend to remember as he took both victories to thrust himself firmly into contention. Eastwood meanwhile battled from the rear of the field in race one and then shadowed Zamparelli in race two.

Double champion Daniel Cammish however saw his chances of a third title all but go up in flames, literally, after retiring from race two. A second place in race one closed the gap at the summit but the Redline Racing driver was forced to retire later in the day as his car caught fire.

In the British F4 Championship, Jamie Caroline’s quest for the title was put on ice as Oscar Piastri narrowly slashed the gap at the top. On track Alex Quinn, Logan Sargeant and Piastri shared the spoils in a trio of thrilling single-seater encounters.

For the full classification of results and championship standings, click here.