TOCA support championships deliver all-out Silverstone action

It is set to be a dramatic final weekend of the season amongst the TOCA support championships in under two weeks’ time after an action-packed penultimate meeting of the season at Silverstone.

One title that won’t be decided at the Kent venue however will be the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, which was decided at the Northamptonshire venue as Dan Harper reigned supreme to be crowned champion.

In only his second season in the ultra-competitive championship after previously winning its Scholarship programme, the Northern Irishman became the youngest ever driver to win the title – getting the job done in the opening encounter.

George Gamble enjoyed a peerless weekend out front as he bagged himself a pair of race wins, the first coming in tricky conditions as he rolled the dice and ran with slick tyres on a drying track.

In the Renault UK Clio Cup, the battle for the coveted one-make series title is set to go down to the wire between Max Coates and Jack Young following another exhilarating weekend of racing.

Brett Lidsey claimed his first-ever win in the series in the opener before drama ensured in race two. Young would be victorious and move into the lead of the points as Coates was involved in a multi-car incident, sending him spinning down the order.

James Hedley remains in sight of lifting the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship crown after an action-packed weekend in the one-make series. James Taylor scored a spectacular double whilst Will Martin also triumphed on a sensational weekend for the Juniors – setting up a thrilling showdown.

The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup will be settled at Brands Hatch too after a pulsating triple-header which saw Harry King return to the top of the pile. Entering the weekend trailing Will Burns, the Elite Motorsport driver stormed to a pair of race wins to put himself in the pound seat with just three more races remaining.

Tom Hibbert triumphed in the third race to maintain his hopes of the title, setting up a three-way fight for the coveted title.

Rounding out the weekend’s action at Silverstone were three more races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Spoils were shared between Louis Foster and Sebastian Alvarez meaning that the battle for the single seater title will be decided at the season finale.

To view the full classification of results from all championship sessions over the course of the weekend, click here.

Champions will be crowned as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and TOCA support categories battle it out for one more time in 2019 on October 12/13 around the Grand Prix layout of Brands Hatch.

Battle for title supremacy set to intensify as TOCA support championships head to Silverstone

It’s crunch time on the TOCA support package this weekend (September 28/29) as Silverstone plays host to what is set to be a pivotal penultimate event of the 2019 season for all five championships.

Whilst the title battle in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship continues to intensify, the battle for supremacy elsewhere is likely to ramp up with every point proving crucial in deciding who will walk away as champion.

After missing Knockhill, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB returns to action for its second trip of the year to Silverstone. Having featured around the Grand Prix layout on the support bill of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the fastest one-make series in will now take to the shorter National configuration for two more action-packed encounters.

In the championship battle, Dan Harper holds the initiative with four races left to run and the Northern Irishman finds himself with a healthy advantage. Behind, the trio of Lewis Plato, Josh Webster and George Gamble are all within striking distance and none of them should be counted out as it stands.

The Renault UK Clio Cup has produced its fair share of drama throughout 2019 and with just two events now remaining, the action is only set to ramp up. Just four points separate Max Coates and Jack Young, who have been locked together all year, and it looks likely that their duel will go down to the wire.

Jamie Bond remains a constant threat in third place whilst the likes of Brett Lidsey, Jade Edwards, Ben Colburn and Ethan Hammerton are all expected to be in the mix too.

James Hedley will look to edge closer to title glory in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship this weekend, with three pulsating encounters scheduled to take place. Having only finished off the podium in three of the 20 races run so far, the Elite Motorsport driver is in the pound seat.

Having the led since the season-opener, Hedley looks to be the teenager to beat but the likes of Zak O’Sullivan, Will Martin and Casper Stevenson, all of whom are still in contention, can’t be discounted either.

The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup has seen the title pendulum swing back and forth in recent events and this weekend’s trip to Northamptonshire is set to be pivotal in deciding the outcome of who walks away as champion.

Will Burns controls the state of play as it stands having finished in the top three in the last eight consecutive races. Whilst the 2016 vice-champion has been in fine form, he will have to maintain it over the course of the weekend’s three races as both Harry King and Tom Hibbert will look to chase him down.

Rounding out the weekend’s action will be three races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Powered by Ford EcoBoost. As it stands, a total of six drivers remain in mathematical contention for the single-seater title, with Zane Maloney in prime position at the summit of the standings.

To find out more information on this weekend’s pivotal Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship event at Silverstone, click here.

TOCA support championships take centre stage north of the border

The battle for supremacy on the TOCA support package further intensified at Knockhill this past weekend (September 214/15) as the race to be crowned champion continued towards its crescendo.

On what proved to be a pivotal weekend north of the border; the Renault UK Clio Cup, Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup and F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost all took centre stage.

Having made headlines for much of the season already, the Renault UK Clio Cup made a triumphant return to Scotland with the top two in the standings sharing the spoils.

Max Coates soaked up race-long pressure from his main title rival Jack Young in the opening encounter to record his seventh win of the 2019 campaign before Young then came out on top in race two, leading from start-to-finish.

James Hedley took another step close to be crowned champion the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship as he netted an impressive brace of wins.

The Elite Motorsport driver proved to be in formidable form from the get-go as he powered to the top step of the podium in races one and two, strengthening his position at the summit of the standings.

Race three around the tight and twisty Fife venue belonged to Douglas Motorsport’s Lorcan Hanafin, who netted his maiden win in the championship.

Making what proved to be an action-packed return to Knockhill for the first time since 2016, the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup delivered a feast of entertainment too with three pulsating races.

Title contenders Harry King and Will Burns notched a win apiece, the latter extending his championship lead at the same time, whilst there was also a win for series returnee Rob Boston.

Rounding out the weekend’s action were a trio of races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Powered by Ford EcoBoost. Carlin’s Zane Maloney stormed to victory in the opener before Carter Williams and Louis Foster also triumphed.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Knockhill, click here.

The Renault UK Clio Cup, Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Porsche Carrera Cup GB and F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will be next in action at Silverstone on September 28/29 for the penultimate event of the season.

Battle for supremacy continues as TOCA support package descends on Knockhill

It won’t just be the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship that will take centre stage at Knockhill this weekend (September 14/15) as four categories from the much-loved TOCA support bill will also be in action.

Travelling north of the border for the latest chapter in their 2019 campaigns, any number of twists and turns could yet take place as each championship heads towards its season finale – which takes place at Brands Hatch next month.

Making its first appearance in Scotland since 2015, the Renault UK Clio Cup heads to Knockhill with it all to play. In recent rounds the title battle between Max Coates and Jack Young has reached boiling point – so expect more fireworks at the front of the field as the crescendo approaches.

Just six points split Coates and Young with six races remaining however both will need to be wary as Jamie Bond is within touching distance, despite missing the opening event of the year.

Brett Lidsey, Ben Colburn, Ethan Hammerton and Tyler Lidsey are likely to make their mark during the weekend too so it is advised not to miss a single second of Clio Cup action.

The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup returns to Knockhill for the first time in three years with Will Burns holding the initiative in the points. The Rob Boston Racing enjoyed a stellar weekend at Thruxton last time out to swing the title pendulum his way however he will need to continue his recent run of form if he wants to stay at the summit.

Harry King will be keen to bounce back from his recent travails whilst the pairing of Tom Hibbert and Reece Somerfield will be fully focused on remaining in title contention too. Meanwhile, Fin Green and Carlito Miracco bagged podiums at Thruxton and both will have their sights set on further progress.

Down the years the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship has become renowned for serving up fantastic racing and with three races scheduled to take place, more of the same can be expected.

Will Martin and Zak O’Sullivan delivered a highly entertaining battle at Thruxton and in-doing so, closed the gap to series leader James Hedley. In what is a crucial point in the series, both Martin and O’Sullivan will need to have another high-scoring weekend if they are to make further gains on Hedley who has finished on the podium in 14 of the 17 races this year.

Beyond the top three; Casper Stevenson, James Taylor and Ethan Hawkey will all undoubtedly be in the mix for outright honours too as the teenage racers deliver more exhilarating thrills and spills.

Capping off the weekend’s action at Knockhill will be a trio of races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, where the likes of Zane Maloney, Sebastian Alvarez and Carter Williams will renew their rivalries.

To ensure you don’t miss a second of the eighth TOCA meeting of the season from Knockhill over the course of the weekend, click here.

Thruxton hosts spectacular second BTCC visit as Tordoff, Cook and Cammish triumph

Thruxton Circuit was the stage for another full-throttle weekend of motorsport action as the Hampshire speedbowl played host to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship for the second time this season.

Sam Tordoff, Josh Cook and Dan Cammish all stood on the top step of the podium after a thrilling day of racing that saw reigning champion Colin Turkington have his lead in the Drivers’ standings cut to just 30 points.

A full programme of support series also put on a feast of wheel-to-wheel entertainment for the spectators, who packed onto the famous banking around the WWII airfield, while a host of off-track activities kept families occupied throughout the weekend.

In total, fans enjoyed 16 outstanding races with the BTCC backed up by British F4, Porsche Carrera Supercup GB, Renault UK Clio Cup, Michelin Ginetta Juniors and the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup as Thruxton made the most of a second visit from the TOCA package following a hugely successful event in May.

Tordoff enjoyed an excellent getaway from pole in the first BTCC race of the day, having produced a blistering lap to put his Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R (FK2) top of the timesheets on Saturday.

The same can’t be said for fan-favourite Jason Plato who overshot his front-row grid slot, triggering a drive-through penalty for the Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing ace which dropped him to the back.

The veteran proceeded to carve his way through the field, much to the delight of his celebrity guest James Martin, but Plato’s charge was eventually halted just outside the points in 17th.

Back at the front, Tordoff kept his cool to lead home Cammish and Adam Morgan, notching his first win of the 2019 season after a campaign plagued by bad luck.

Meanwhile, the crowd on the banking were treated to a thrilling race-long duel between championship leader Colin Turkington and his closest title rival, BMW stablemate Andrew Jordan – with the Pirtek Racing ace eventually gaining the upper hand to finish 12th and nibble away at the Northern Irishman’s points advantage.

Tordoff picked up where he left off in race two, flying off the line and blasting through turn one below fans eagerly watching on from the balcony of the Thruxton Centre. Cammish, meanwhile, bogged down in his Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic, allowing Morgan and Josh Cook past on the run to the complex.

However, the Yorkshireman’s lead was short-lived as he was passed by both Cook and Morgan on the way into the chicane before tumbling further down the order when he lost out to Tom Oliphant.

Cook showed the field a clean pair of heels at the front to pick up his third win of the campaign while Morgan secured another comfortable second place ahead of Matt Neal, who sent the crowd wild with a superb last-lap move on Oliphant.

Hampshire hero Rob Collard was drawn on pole for the reverse grid race and shot away when the lights went out as Oliphant jumped Cammish while battles raged behind.

The Halfords Yuasa Racing ace soon muscled his way back past Oliphant on lap three but all eyes were fixed on an enthralling battle between Jordan, Tom Ingram, Ash Sutton and Cook.

Points-leader Turkington then lost out to Plato and Tordoff further down the field as the BTCC served up its usual dose of close-quarter squabbling while back at the front, Cammish capitalised on a mistake by Collard at Church to take the lead on lap 10.

The Honda star kept his cool despite a late downpour to take his ninth podium of the campaign and the team’s first victory of the season while Neal capped an excellent day for Team Dynamics with third behind Collard.

Ingram and Sutton clashed further back, allowing Cook and Plato to capitalise while the rear-wheel drive cars struggled for grip in the closing stages, creating even more excitement for the packed crowd.

The Carrera Cup field had been the first to take to the track in changeable conditions on Sunday morning, with Dan Harper initially struggling on slick tyres before carving his way back to the front and taking the spoils.

Harper doubled up in the second race later in the afternoon, holding off Josh Webster and Lewis Plato as the single-make series produced plenty of thrills and spills for the watching crowd.

Meanwhile, Will Burns built on his Saturday success in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, taking his second win of the weekend ahead of Tom Hibbert and Reece Somerfield before Harry King bounced back from a tough few rounds with victory in race three.

Elsewhere, Will Martin and Zak O’Sullivan went toe-to-toe in a titanic duel to the flag in the Ginetta Junior race, with the former eventually prevailing after James Hedley’s early retirement, while Carter Williams completed a clean sweep in British F4 with back-to-back victories for JHR Developments.

Finally, the Renault UK Clio Cup also threw up a stormer of a race which culminated in controversial contact between Jack Young and Max Coates at the final chicane, with the former taking the chequered flag but being penalised post-race and the latter ending up stranded on the grass and furious in parc ferme. The race win eventually went to Ethan Hammerton.

As well as all the on-track action, this weekend was also notable for long-standing Thruxton Circuit Director Bill Coombs stepping away from the limelight as he takes more of a back seat role at the track.

“It’s 40 years since I did the racing school here, so it’s an appropriate time to back out,” he said.

“I’ve had some wonderful times here, particularly running the racing school, and more recently with the circuit. We’ve had this development plan which we have put into action and hopefully everybody has seen the changes that we’ve made over the past seven years, culminating in the Thruxton Centre.

“It is the only place that you can get so close to the action and it’s great that it’s situated on such a fast corner. The crowds love it here, and the hospitality has sold really well. Racing is always great here at Thruxton. It’s good racing on a super-fast, old-school circuit which we love.

“I’m still staying on the main BARC board so you will still see me around, but not doing the day-to-day operational stuff. I’m very pleased to hand that over to our team. We’ve got a fantastic team at Thruxton, and Pat Blakeney will head that up. I am sure he will do a fantastic job.”

Next up for Thruxton is the Classic Sports Car Club meeting on September 21/22 where motoring enthusiasts will be treated to a spectacular display of stunning vehicles and white-knuckle racing.

Tickets start from £11 while Children 15 and under go free. Grandstand seats and paddock access are included with admission.

For more information on Thruxton’s race meetings and driving experiences, visit www.thruxtonracing.co.uk

TOCA support championships shine at Snetterton

Four TOCA support championships served up an action-packed weekend of racing at Snetterton this past weekend (August 3/4) as the second half of the 2019 season kicked off in sensational style.

Taking centre stage alongside the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at the Norfolk venue, edge of the seat entertainment took place across each and every race over the course of the weekend – keeping fans captivated.

The Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship enjoyed an exciting two days as it played host to a staggering four encounters. Adding the postponed Croft race to the timetable, this years crop of teenage racers had plenty of opportunity to shine.

Saturday’s two races belonged to in-form driver Will Martin as he powered his Richardson Racing machine to victory on both occasions, the second win being the rescheduled Croft race.

Whilst Martin was the driver to beat on Saturday, Sunday belonged to Zak O’Sullivan who scored a breakthrough Ginetta Junior victory, and then subsequently backed it up with a second later in the day.

There was high-drama in the Renault UK Clio Cup as the battle for supremacy in the championship reached fever-pitch as Jamie Bond and Max Coates scored victory.

Bond’s maiden win in the one-make series came after Jack Young was handed a time-penalty for contact with Coates during the opening encounter of the weekend. As the pair scrapped for the lead, contact from Young dropped Coates down the order and the Northern Irishman was subsequently penalised.

Race two would see Bond take the chequered flag on the road however he would find himself in trouble with officials too as he was adjudged to have made a false start, picking up a ten-second penalty and dropping him to fourth.

Young therefore inherited the victory afterwards but he once again was hit with another post-race penalty after making further contact with Coates, thus handing the latter a crucial victory in the overall title battle.

The Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge made its second appearance on the TOCA support bill this season and with the business end of the year approaching, a frenetic battle between the main protagonists took place.

Scott McKenna reigned supreme in the opener after starting on pole position whilst Geri Niscosia left it until the very last lap before snatching victory in race two ahead of Josh Malin and Gordie Mutch.

Rounding out the weekend action were three pulsating races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Sebastian Alvarez enjoyed a return to form with a double-winning performance whilst Tommy Foster had a share of the spoils as he claimed his maiden victory in the single-seater category.

For the full classification of results from all championships and sessions, click here.

The Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, Renault UK Clio Cup and returning Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup, along with the F4 British Championship, will all be in action in less than two weeks as the TOCA package returns to Thruxton on August 17/18.

Advance tickets to the seventh TOCA event of the season are available to purchase by heading to https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc-aug or by calling 01264 882200 (Option 1).

TOCA support bill set to roar back into life at Snetterton

Snetterton will not only play host to the return of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship this weekend (August 3/4) but also the TOCA support package, with five one-make categories primed and ready to take centre stage.

Never short of delivering edge-of-the-seat entertainment, each championship will continue their 2019 campaigns at the Norfolk venue in front of what is expected to be a bumper trackside crowd.

The Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship will enjoy an exciting start to the second half of the season as it stage four races over the course of the weekend. Adding the postponed race at Croft to the timetable, the championship for 14 to 17-year-olds is likely to set pulses racing across all four encounters.

James Hedley holds a healthy advantage at the top of the standings after scoring nine podium finishes across the first 11 races of the season, and the Elite Motorsport driver will be looking to extend his lead further in East Anglia.

Four races give the chasing pack behind Hedley every opportunity to close the gap in the points and leading the hunt will be four-time race winner Will Martin and Zak O’Sullivan, both of whom make up the top three. Throw into the mix Casper Stevenson, James Taylor and Tom Emson, among others, and all bets could be off in the Junior category.

The captivating battle for supremacy in the Renault UK Clio Cup is set to continue too as Max Coates and Jack Young gear up for the latest two rounds of the season. Virtually nothing has separated the pair so far

Jamie Bond enjoyed a star performance at Oulton Park last time out and could well be one to watch, as too will usual protagonists Jade Edwards, Ethan Hammerton, Ben Colburn and Brett Lidsey.

Following on from their appearance at Thruxton earlier in the season, the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge will makes its second outing of the year on the TOCA support bill at Snetterton.

Scott McKenna heads into the weekend as the championship leader after enjoying a stellar outing at Zandvoort and holds a 49-point lead. Challengers come thick and fast in the series however with former Ginetta Junior champion Adam Smalley, Gordie Mutch, Josh Malin and Geri Nicosia all firmly in contention.

Capping off the weekend’s action will be a trio of races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost; the country’s leading single-seater series.

To find out more information ahead of this weekend’s event, including links to live timing, timetable and entry lists, head to https://www.barc.net/event/btcc-snetterton/.

TOCA support championships shine at Oulton Park

Oulton Park played host to a memorable two days of TOCA support championship action this past weekend (June 29/30) as the sun shone and the Cheshire venue welcomed a bumper crowd.

Fresh off the back of producing a flawless performance in the Clio Cup Open at Paul Ricard the weekend previous, Jack Young enjoyed further success as he triumphed in the opening Renault UK Clio Cup encounter.

Having narrowly missed out on pole position, the Northern Irishman got the better of Max Coates and Jamie Bond to power his way to a third victory of the season. In race two, Young’s chances of a second win were extinguished exiting the first turn as he hit the barriers hard exiting Old Hall, ending his race on the spot.

Coates would take advantage to lead Bond and Ben Colburn across the line to record his fifth win of the year and with it, snatch back the lead in the points after four events.

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB had a familiar face leading the way as Daniel Harper reigned supreme around the picturesque venue. Topping the times in qualifying, the JTR driver fended off a race-long challenge from Lewis Plato to record his latest victory in the one-make series.

George Gamble came to the fore in the second race as he converted his front row start into a commanding victory in front of a packed-out crowd.

In the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup, spoils were shared between Tom Hibbert and Harry King – the latter who remains in control of the championship standings. Hibbert blasted his way to pole position and onto victory in the opening race but was unable to do the same later in the weekend.

King, as he has done on multiple occasions already this year, proved to hot to handle in race two as he piloted his Elite Motorsport machine to the chequered flag in style.

There was plenty of doorhandle-to-doorhandle thrills in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship too, however none of that fazed Will Martin who continued his impressive run of form in recent events.

Riding a wave of momentum into the weekend, the Richardson Racing driver was perfection personified as he powered his way to victory in both races – throwing himself firmly into title contention at the same time.

Bringing the curtain down on the weekend’s action was a trio of races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Honda. Zane Maloney continued his recent run of form with victory in all three races, which not only extended his winning streak to seven in-a-row but also saw him awarded with £10,000.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions across each championship, click here.

All five TOCA support championships will now press pause on their 2019 campaigns before resuming battle in little under six weeks at Snetterton on August 3/4.

Oulton Park to play host to blockbuster TOCA support package action

Oulton Park will bring the curtain down on the first half of the season for all five TOCA support championships this weekend (June 29/30) as the Cheshire venue stages the latest Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship event.

Taking centre stage alongside Britian’s premier race series, all five support categories will be looking to put on a show in front of an expected packed-out crowd before heading into the annual summer mid-season break.

Coming off the back of a double-winning performance on home turf, Max Coates will be looking to further close the gap to Jack Young in the Renault UK Clio Cup across the weekend’s two races.

Having shared the spoils up to now, both Young and Coates are set to continue their battle at the summit of the points as they each fight to gain the upper hand. However, the ultra-competitive nature of the tin top category will mean they will have to look over their shoulders too.

Ethan Hammerton, Brett Lidsey, Ben Colburn, Jade Edwards and Jamie Bond, among several others, will all been keen to throw themselves into race-winning contention and get on the podium.

Harry King heads to Oulton Park in control of the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup standings and the Elite Motorsport driver looks set to be a hard man to displace from the summit as the series continues with two races scheduled to take place.

Scoring a brace of wins at Croft, King rocketed to the top of the points and will be focused on extending his advantage around the Island layout. Reece Somerfield, Tom Hibbert and Mike Epps are just three drivers that can threaten King’s hopes of succeeding.

In the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, James Hedley will be looking to protect his healthy points advantage in the latest double-header of the season. Having triumphed three times already, the former Winter Series champion is in the pound seat as it stands but will need to keep the points ticking over.

Behind, the likes of Zak O’Sullivan, James Taylor, Gus Burton and Will Martin will all have their sights on closing the gap to the Elite Motorsport pace-setter.

Two more races from the jaw-dropping Porsche Carrera Cup GB will also take place over the weekend, with Daniel Harper currently residing as the man to beat. Victory at Croft last time out helped the Northern Irishman’s quest for the title but he will need to maintain his momentum.

Former champion Josh Webster along with George Gamble and Lewis Plato are just some of the protagonists with theirs sights set on Harper’s position at the Carrera Cup GB summit.

Rounding out the TOCA support action, as ever, will be a trio of races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost. Zane Maloney is the form man in the single seater category arriving at Oulton, riding high after winning the past four races in-a-row.

To find out more information on this weekend’s event at Oulton Park, including links to live timing, timetables and commentary, click here.

All-out action expected from TOCA support championships at Donington Park

Coming off the back of a pulsating opening event of the season for all five championships, the TOCA support package continues this weekend (April 27/28) under the flightpath of East Midlands airport at Donington Park – and it’s all to play for.

In the Renault UK Clio Cup, Max Coates and Jack Young look set to renew their battle after emerging as the stars of Brands Hatch. Winning both races at the Kent circuit, Coates got the better of his closest challenger and the pair will be expected to be inseparable once more across the weekend’s pair of races.

Beyond the top two however sits some serious opposition with the quartet of Brett Lidsey, Ethan Hammerton, Jade Edwards and Ben Colburn all aiming to take the fight to Coates and Young and halt their momentum.

The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup produced three different race winners at the Brands Hatch opener and if the racing so far is anything to go by, this weekend’s triple-header is set to produce some captivating action.

Harry King, Reece Somerfield and Will Burns shared the spoils first time out and the trio will be ones to watch as they bid to build on their strong starts. Behind, former BTCC ace Mike Epps enjoyed an encouraging Supercup debut and he will be keen to build on his strong start.

Tom Hibbertt, Fin Green, Carl Shield and Carlito Miracco are all sure to be in the battle at the front of the field as well.

There were two new winners in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship at the start of the month and the depth of this years talent in the series suggests that more could spring up in Leicestershire.

James Taylor and Tom Emson emerged as the victors from a thrilling opening weekend and the pair find themselves as the one’s to beat arriving at Donington Park. Whilst they each have a victory in their pockets already, adding to their tally is set to be a difficult with a raft of teenage sensations all eager to make their mark.

The likes of James Hedley, Ethan Brooks, Zak O’Sullivan, Lorcan Hanafin, Theo Edgerton and Casper Stevenson are just a handful of stars revved up for racing to resume, especially as this weekend will see three races take place.

In the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Daniel Harper will look to extend his advantage at the summit of the championship standings over the weekend’s two races. Making a flying start to the season with a first and third, the Northern Irishman sees him head the way by two points early on.

Lewis Plato leads the chase for the JTR man whilst fellow Brands Hatch race winner George Gamble isn’t far behind either. Two 23-lap duels around the undulating Donington layout will provide further clarity on who will be in the mix for the title this year across all classes.

Capping off the TOCA support action as always will be three races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

To find out more information on this weekend’s second TOCA event of the 2019 season, click here.

Touring car stars set the scene for double bill of tin-top thrills

The stars of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and several of its support categories descended on Thruxton today (17 April) for a key test ahead of a tantalising double helping of the UK’s premier motor racing series over the coming months.

For the first time since 2007, Thruxton will play host to the BTCC twice this season – on 18-19 May and 16-18 August. As the fastest circuit in the country – with speeds reaching an eye-watering 160mph through the quickest sections – the popular Hampshire track presents a unique challenge. That means every opportunity to put miles on the clock is precious – and between them, the 29 touring car drivers in attendance today logged more than 1,200 laps.

Whetting the appetite for the forthcoming race meetings, fans enjoyed free entry to the test to watch their tin-top heroes in action – and if the drivers’ awe-inspiring commitment through Thruxton’s flat-out sweepers is anything to go by, spectators are in for a real treat come May and August.

Halfords Yuasa Racing star Dan Cammish was arguably the most committed of all, setting a scintillating pace in the morning session that nobody could match in the afternoon. More than three tenths-of-a-second under the existing lap record, the Yorkshireman led a Honda Civic 1-2-3 at the top of the timesheets, ahead of BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley and Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance ace Rory Butcher.

In evidence of just how close and intense the competition is in the BTCC, less than one second blanketed the gaggle of cars from Butcher in third all the way back to Stephen Jelley in 20th – setting the scene for six sensational races.

“I always enjoy coming to Thruxton,” enthused Cammish, the series’ reigning Jack Sears Trophy Champion. “It’s a lot of fun to drive and Honda has historically gone well round here. It’s a bit of a home track for us too, so it’s fantastic to have two race weekends this year.

“Thruxton is well-known as the fastest circuit in the country, and it feels every bit of it when you’re driving round. No matter how many laps you’ve done, Church corner never gets boring – it’s always an adventure. It’s enjoyable enough to drive on your own – but when you’re in a pack of 30 cars, it becomes a challenge like no other…”

More high-profile names at the test included defending title-holder Colin Turkington (sixth overall), current championship leader and Thruxton instructor Josh Cook from nearby Bath (seventh), Hampshire’s own Rob Collard (12th), five-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nicolas Hamilton (24th) and former F1 podium-finisher Mark Blundell (28th).

Making his BTCC debut this year, the 1992 Le Mans 24 Hours winner is still finding his feet in the series and adapting to its famously cut-and-thrust, doorhandle-to-doorhandle nature. He admitted that he also needed to re-adjust to Thruxton’s particular demands, having not driven the track for more than three decades…

“Thruxton is pretty unique as a circuit, and I think everybody really enjoys coming here,” said Blundell. “It’s a one-off – there’s nowhere else like it in the world. It’s flat-out and the lap just unfolds in front of you, with extremely challenging corners like Church that call for maximum commitment. It’s a remarkable place. You get a slot of slipstreaming in the races – which is vital for the drivers and very exciting for the fans.”

In addition to the BTCC, leading lights from the F4 British Championship – the Formula 1 stars of the future – the Ginetta Junior Championship for prodigiously talented 14-to-17-year-olds and the Ginetta GT5 Challenge took to the track, offering a glimpse of the wide variety of entertainment to be enjoyed later this year.

Advance tickets for the two Thruxton BTCC race meetings are available from just £13 for Saturday entry and £29 for Sunday. Accompanied children aged 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.

For further information or to buy tickets, see thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc (May), thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc-aug (August) or call 01264 882222.

For more information on Thruxton’s race meetings and driving experiences, visit: thruxtonracing.co.uk

For season or individual race meeting accreditation, please e-mail: press@barc.net

TOCA support championships star at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch played host to a memorable two days of racing on the TOCA support package this past weekend (April 6/7), with a raft of show-stealing performances across all championships.

Taking centre stage alongside the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, five categories produced  spell-binding edge-of-the-seat entertainment amid the challenging conditions.

Showcasing the next generation of motorsport talent aged between 14 and 17, the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship was back and better than ever with a pair of pulsating encounters wowing those in attendance.

Richardson Racing’s James Taylor edged a thrilling season-opener as he pipped debutant Zak O’Sullivan to the chequered flag by little over half a second, whilst 2018 Winter Series champion James Hedley rounded out the podium.

Race two saw Tom Emson emerge victorious from a nail-biting race which ultimately saw the top three covered by a mere 0.133. Narrowly missing out on the win was Hedley and Lorcan Hanafin, who had led a majority of the race.

The final season of the Renault UK Clio Cup began with Max Coates reigning supreme, enjoying a near-perfect weekend as he bagged a pair of pole positions and race wins. After topping the times in qualifying, the Team HARD driver converted his front row start into a lead that he would never lose as he led Jack Young and Brett Lidsey.

Young would be the winner on the road in the second race of the weekend but was later penalised after falling foul of rules regarding braking under the safety car. Despite having dominated proceedings, Young was issued a one-second time penalty, handing the win to Young whilst Lidsey once again bagged a podium.

In the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup triple-header; Reece Somerfield, Harry King and the returning Will Burns took a win each to set up a tantalising year of on-track action.

Spoils were also shared in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as two of the pre-season favourites, Dan Harper and George Gamble, set their stalls out as credible title contenders with a win each – Harper the one that finished the weekend on top of the standings.

Capping off the weekend’s racing was a trio of races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, with the spoils being shared between Sebastian Alvarez, Luke Browning and Louis Foster who each took a win apiece.

From the full classification of results, click here.

All five TOCA support championships now head to Donington Park for the next event of the season, taking place on April 26/27.