TOCA support championships shine bright at Thruxton

The fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton, provided a fitting venue for the latest rounds of four championships on the TOCA support package this past weekend (May19/20) – with a bumper crowd being treated to plenty of on-track entertainment.

In scorching conditions, the home of the British Automobile Racing Club once again served up the perfect blend of high-speed thrills ’n’ spills that many have become accustomed to.

James Dorlin was once again the benchmark in the Renault UK Clio Cup, extending his run of wins to four with another double at Thruxton. Starting on the front row alongside Max Coates for race one, the Westbourne Motorsport driver was one of three drivers to lead the opening encounter, with Coates and Daniel Rowbottom the other pace-setters.

Producing a daring move at more than 110mph on Rowbottom, the youngster went on to take the win whilst Coates and Rowbottom scrapped for the remaining podium positions.

Dorlin further cemented his status as the man to beat in the series at the moment as he romped to a commanding victory in race two. Jumping pole sitter Paul Rivett off the line, Dorlin was never headed as he took his fourth win of the year and with it, the championship lead.

Spoils were shared in the Ginetta Junior Championship as Patrick Kibble and Adam Smalley took a win apiece. Never short of producing entertainment, the teenage racers tackled Thruxton in fine style. with Kibble taking his maiden win after Smalley was handed a time penalty.

The Elite Motorsport drive ensured he wasn’t to be denied in the second frenetic 12-lap race after battling with James Hedley to take the win and with it, the points lead.

Joining the TOCA package for the first time this season, the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge proved to be a smash-hit. Two pulsating races saw Geri Nicosia and Max Bird each take a win whilst James Kellett and Alex Toth-Jones also scored podiums.

In the F4 British Championship, the action proved to be enthralling from the get-go, with a lively opening race seeing Kiern Jewiss score victory. Applying pressure to Dennis Hauger throughout the race, Jewiss snatched the lead in dramatic fashion at the final chicane, making contact along the way.

Race two of the popular single seater category saw Jewiss take victory again, setting him up to be in with a chance of winning £10,000 if he completed a sensational hat-trick. Unfortunately, the Double R Racing driver was to fall short of the big prize as Jack Doohan bagged his first win of the year.

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

The TOCA package returns, along with the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, on June 9/10 at Oulton Park.

TOCA support championships geared up for Thruxton thriller

The high-speed demands of Thruxton Circuit await the TOCA support championships this weekend (Mat 19/20) for the third event of the 2018 season.

Having already visited Brands Hatch and Donington Park, four categories will do battle at the Hampshire venue, with the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup GB not making the journey.

The Renault UK Clio Cup has descended on Thruxton however and is set to serve up another memorable two races. So far this year Paul Rivett, Max Coates and James Dorlin have all won races, the latter scoring two last time out.

With Coates holding a slender lead in the championship standings entering rounds five and six, all eyes will be transfixed on the one-make tin top series to see who will grab the initiative. Dorlin scored a popular maiden win at the corresponding event last year and is riding high, hoping to continue his recent run of success.

Throw into the mix Daniel Rowbottom, Jack McCarthy, Bradley Burns, James Colburn and Dan Zelos, to name just a few, and picking a winner in the Clio Cup has never been tougher.

Teenage kicks will come from the Ginetta Junior Championship, which is open to drivers aged 14 to 17-years-old. Luke Browning heads into the weekend as series leader after picking up a pair of wins at Donington Park, however the chasing pack have him on their radars.

Adam Smalley and Louis Foster have both also won races this season and with two more wins up for grabs this weekend, they’ll be keen to add to their silverware collections. Ruben Del Sarte, Finley Green and Patrick Kibble have made waves this season too and will be looking to take the next step towards the front runners too.

Further Ginetta action will come from the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge, which makes its first appearance on the TOCA package this season. Traditionally competing alongside the British GT Championship, the one-make category joins the fray with a captivating title battle unfolding.

James Kellett has momentum on his side as he arrives as the point’s leader, virtue of his two wins at Rockingham. Additional podiums at Oulton Park leave the former champion in the prime position to add another crown this year, and this weekend could be pivotal in doing that. Behind him, Geri Nicosia will be one to watch, as will Alex Toth-Jones, Morgan Quinn, Charlie Digby and Connor O’Brien.

Capping off the action will be the traditional single seater thrills from the British F4 Championship. Set to dazzle fans with another trio of races around the iconic circuit, Ayrton Simmons will look to extend his advantage in the championship battle.

Sebastian Priaulx, Kiern Jewiss and Johnathan Hoggard lead the charge of the chasing pack and can’t be discounted either.

Ginetta gears up for milestone year with launch of flagship championships

In what is set to be a milestone year for the manufacturer as it celebrates its 60th anniversary, Ginetta are set to hit the track for 2018 with its flagship championships.

Descending on Brands Hatch on Wednesday 14th March, the Yorkshire-based powerhouse officially launched the Ginetta Junior Championship and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup for the forthcoming season.

Both part of the highly-regarded TOCA support package, the two categories are set for another blockbuster year with bumper grids confirmed for both.

Catering for drivers aged 14 to 17, the Ginetta Juniors have made a name for themselves down the years for producing plenty of edge-of-the-seat thrills in front of the ITV4 cameras and huge trackside crowds.

This year, another crop of old and new faces are set to duke it out for the coveted crown, all looking to follow in the footsteps of Tom Gamble – who walked away as champion in 2017.

Notable names to look out for as the season goes on include Adam Smalley, Matt Luff and Fin Green, all of which are back for another season and set to battle against a wealth of rookie youngsters.

Elsewhere in the GT4 Supercup, a fascinating blend of youth and experience is set to go wheel-to-wheel with all eyes fixed on replicating Callum Pointon’s achievements last year.

Carl Boardley is set to be one driver many will be keeping a keen eye on having challenged at the front of the field on countless occasions. Harry King graduates from Juniors whilst the likes of Michael Crees, Charlie Ladell and Jac Constable are all ones to watch.

Speaking at Brands Hatch, Sales Manager Ian Fletcher, said: “We are looking forward to the 2018 season, one that is a commemorative one for Ginetta as a whole.

“This year we are celebrating our 60th anniversary and the culmination of our LMP1 FIA WEC programme as well as all of our other championships.

“Once again both the Junior and Supercup championships look to be in great shape and I am sure it will be another memorable year for all involved.”

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