Thruxton Circuit will welcome the TOCA package this weekend (May 18/19) where four championships will look to steal the show on the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship support bill.
Following on from two entertaining events at Brands Hatch and Donington Park, the supporting cast to the BTCC looks slightly different in Hampshire as two championships join the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship and F4 British Championship.
With the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Renault UK Clio Cup and Porsche Carrera Cup GB all set to fixture at Thruxton in August, the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge and the Mini Se7en Racing Club are set to join the fray
Producing relentless entertainment across the opening two events, the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship has once again underlined its pedigree for showcasing some of the brightest teenage talents in UK motorsport.
James Hedley arrives at the ultra-fast venue in control of the points although the two-time Donington Park winner has a host of challengers hot on his heels. James Taylor, Zak Sullivan, Roman Bilinski and Theo Edgerton are just four on a long list of names that are in the mix towards the sharp end of the grid.
The Ginetta fun won’t stop at the Juniors as the Protyre Motorsport GT5 Challenge features on the TOCA package for what will be the first of two events this season. Suitable for all ages and levels of experience, the GT5 Challenge uses the G40 machine as its car of choice and the racing is nothing short of spectacular.
Last year’s Junior champion Adam Smalley and Gordie Mutch were the winners at the season-opener however Geri Nicosia finds himself leading the way after three encounters. All three find themselves as the favourites this weekend although the likes of Katie Milner, Scott McKenna and Ruben del Sarte can’t be discounted either.
Small in stature but packing a real punch is the Dunlop National Mini Miglia and Mini Se7en Championships supported by Mini Spares. Making a welcome visit to the BTCC support bill, Mini racing is nothing short of entertaining and the flat-out sweepers of Thruxton is set to promote plenty of wheel-to-wheel action and overtaking.
With a total of four races taking place across both days from the Mini contingent, notable names to look out for include Aaron Smith, Lee Deegan, Joe Thompson and Rupert Deeth – amongst many more.
Rounding out the weekend’s support race action as always will be three races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, which sees Louis Foster in control of proceedings having scored three wins from the first six races.
Tickets to Thruxton’s first BTCC race meeting of the season will be available to purchase on the gate. For more information on pricing, head to http://thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc.
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