Review of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup Weekend at Knockhill, 13-14th August
The Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup visited Knockhill circuit last weekend, a weekend which included the postponed race from Snetterton 2 weeks earlier.
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Will Burns continued to add to his impressive haul of podium places at Knockhill at the weekend, including a first place finish which gave him his second win of the season. His impressive results, combined with the absence of Jamie Orton at Knockhill have moved him clear into second place in the championship. In the amateur class Chris Ingram finished with a total of four podiums, which included 3 second places and a race win.
The first of four races in Scotland was the rescheduled reverse grid race from Snetterton, although it was not a good one for Burns. In second place, Burns made a move for first but contact put him virtually out of the race, finishing four laps down. Chris Ingram finished the race in second place in the amateur class giving him his first podium of the weekend.
In the second race of the weekend (the first round proper at Knockhill), a collision meant the race had to be restarted. The restarted race resulted in another second place finish for Burns, once again behind Wrigley, the championship leader. The amateur class finshed with an identical 1-2 as race 1, Douglas Motorsport’s Chris Ingram in second place once again.
Race 3 was no different for the Pro class, first and second place the same as race 2. Wrigley had 3 wins out of 3 for the weekend, but as he went for a 4th successive victory on Sunday afternoon, a collision saw his hopes of a race win dashed, this gave Burns an ideal chance to capitalise, which he did after spending a number of laps in second place behind sizing up the race leader Hibbert. When Burns spotted a gap he made his move and didnt look back, taking race victory and putting himself clear in second place in the championship, capitalising on the absence of Jamie Orton over the weekend.
After enjoying a successful Saturday, which included 2 second places, Chris Ingram capitalised on Colin White’s retirement in race 3 to take the race win. Race four saw White back to take the race win and Chris Ingram placed second, rounding off a great weekend, apart from the amateur class results Chris place between 6th and 8th in the overall race results over the weekend and sits in second place in the amateur championship.
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Up until the summer break, the headlines were all about one man, Tom Wrigley. He’s won six of the opening 10 rounds and when he’s not first, he’s been on the podium. As the only driver to have picked up a trophy in every race, it’s not surprising to see him leading the championship by 68 points as we approach the halfway mark.
Bringing the chase are Will Burns and Jamie Orton. The pair are currently tied on 261 points and have each made seven visits to the podium with Orton taking three race wins to Burns’ one. However, Orton is likely to sit out the Knockhill weekend as his wife is expecting their first baby to arrive imminently.
Nipping at their heels, Carl Boardley and Mark Davies round out the top five in the championship, with Boardley enjoying another strong showing with a third and fourth places over the course of the two races at Snetterton.
As if fans weren’t in for enough of a treat, Knockhill should feature four SuperCup outings instead of the usual three after round 11 was postponed due to a severely delayed timetable at Snetterton. As a result, the race has been rescheduled to take place after the normal qualifying session and before the other three already scheduled races in Scotland. As Tom Hibbert was drawn for the reverse grid pole position, you can expect to see him chasing his rostrum debut.
Both Ben Green and Reece Somerfield are eager to add to their single podium appearances of the season. In 2015, Somerfield narrowly missed out on a trophy and will certainly be one to watch this weekend. Don’t discount Callum Pointon or Rob Gaffney though, as they both looked incredibly racy in Norfolk.
In the AM class, it was another Colin White lockout as the points leader took his ninth victory in 10 races. The only other driver to have taken a race win, Grahame Tilley finished second in both outings, but was kept honest by his points rival Chris Ingram.
With James Guess absent, expect either Fraser Robertson or Mike Newbould to move into fifth in class. However, they will need to keep an eye on David Brookes who may be new to the championship but is already challenging for podium positions.
With both Wrigley and White enjoying a healthy championship lead in their respective classes, you can be sure their title rivals will be pushing themselves to the limit as they try to reduce the point’s deficits. With four action packed races ahead, make sure you never miss a minute by following @GinettaCars on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Your Douglas Motorsport Drivers:
Championship Position after Round 14:
- 2nd (364 pts)
Championship Position Am Class after Round 14:
- 2nd (359pts)
Championship Position Am Class after Round 14:
- 6th (172pts)
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