Proving itself as one of the most competitive support series on the BTCC package, there have been eight different pole sitters in as many weekends, and with just two more weekends to make their mark, the gloves are going to be off at Silverstone. Ruth Harrison looks at the grid.
Jamie Caroline arrives in Northamptonshire as leader of proceedings with a total of seven race wins, topped off by two dominant lights-to-flag victories at Rockingham last time out. Although now 40 points clear of his nearest rival Senna Proctor, anything could happen over the remaining four races.
JHR Developments’ Proctor is by far Caroline’s closest rival heading into the weekend. However, teammates Dan Zelos and Billy Monger, coupled with R & J Motorsport’s Lewis Brown could spell trouble for the HHC Motorsport racer.
Every other driver inside the current top 10 has taken an outright podium at some point this year. Jonathan Hadfield and Kyle Hornby (R & J Motorsport), Patrik Matthiesen (HHC Motorsport) and Stuart Middleton (Douglas Motorsport) - the latter of whom picked up two second places at Rockingham - are ones to watch here.
Matt Chapman (TCR) is knocking on the door of a spot inside the championship top 10 following some strong results at the two venues prior. His teammates Cameron Roberts and Dave Wooder have both looked strong this season, with Wooder claiming pole position at Oulton Park earlier this year. Connor Grady completes the team having joined the squad mid-way through the season.
Another of the eight pole sitters is Devlin De Francesco. He took the advantage last time out and has made a real name for himself since joining the HHC Motorsport collective, along with teammate Charlie Fagg midway through the season.
In their bid to take the Teams Championship, JHR Developments complete their line up with Esmee Hawkey, Seb Perez and Rowan Bailey. Meanwhile Alex Day will be joined at Tollbar Racing by William Stacey.
Always providing close racing and completing the grid are Ben Green (SuperGreen Racing), Geri Nicosia (Elite Motorsport), Frank Bird (R & J Motorsport) and Will Tregurtha (RCE).