James Kellett arrives as the man to beat at Donington Park. With a 34 point advantage over his closest rival and 10 race wins, his season-long consistency has afforded him a 34 point advantage going into the final meeting.
Kellett’s main rival for the title will undoubtedly be Ollie Chadwick, with whom he has sparred throughout the 18 races run thus far. Although Chadwick has six wins of his own, he will be banking on an out of character performance from Kellett – who has finished every race bar two on the podium – in order to be in with a genuine shot at taking the title.
In with an outside chance of lifting the Champions pot is Callum Pointon. Although he has a 79 point deficit to his TCR teammate in the lead, if the two main protagonists fight too hard for the points, he could be in with a chance on capitalising on their mistakes.
In a fight for the best of the rest, Luca Hirst currently leads the field in fourth and will be looking to make his podium debut here. He will no doubt come under pressure from the returning Stewart Linn, who was forced to miss Snetterton due to diary commitments.
In the mid-field, Nick Zapolski will be looking to make amends for a tough weekend in Norfolk, whilst James Robinson, Jack Minshaw, Mohammed Elshimy and Dan O’Brien will once again be snapping at his heels.
Both Russ Simpson and Matt Palmer’s championships have been on an upward climb in the latter half of the season, with both Privateers coming within touching distance of their maiden podium last time out. Looking to topple the pair out of the battle for the final place inside the top 10, keep an eye out for Ian Robinson and Ryan Hadfield, whilst Alex Taylor, Glen Broster and Antonio Ledesma complete the grid.
The GRDC+ class of 2015 will be back for this meeting, their five round championship wrapping up nicely alongside their big brothers in the GT5 Challenge.
After an unstoppable year, the want2race boys Rob Keogh and Ben Hyland will undoubtedly be sharing the podium spoils as the friends and teammates go head-to-head for the inaugural GRDC+ title. The only fly in their ointment could come from Charles Ferguson, who has been a podium regular this year and currently sits third in the standings.
Looking to snatch that final place inside the championship top three is Shawn Fleming. With a pair of podiums already this year, he currently lies fourth overall, with Gary Wager the only other driver to have taken a class podium, sitting in fifth.
The close racing isn’t limited to the frontrunners though, expect to see Andy Marshall, John Wall, Chris Babington and Keith Sinclair to be doing their upmost to better their positions inside the top 10 before the end of the weekend. Meanwhile Andy Bradshaw defending his position from Brian Ellory, Guy Redwood and the returning Chris Jones.