The Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup will boast its biggest grid in G55 history this weekend, as 26 drivers – including five newcomers –prepare for the Brands Hatch season finale, which will see both the PRO and AM champions decided.
Tom Oliphant arrives at Brands Hatch with one hand on the 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup drivers’ title after what has been a storming season in the BRDC qualifying championship. Needing to finish ahead of his closest rival in the opening race of the weekend to wrap up the title, make sure you don’t miss this dramatic finale.
It hasn’t always been Oliphant’s way though. Carl Breeze was the early favourite after racking up 11 podiums, including four wins in the opening five rounds. Oliphant stole the limelight at Croft, as he brought to an end HHC Motorsport’s qualifying dominance and extended his own run of podium finishes.
Enjoying an impressive 15 consecutive podiums and eight outright wins heading to Brands Hatch, Oliphant can secure title in the first race of the weekend if he finishes ahead of Breeze, but the latter can still take his second Ginetta championship should he outscore Oliphant by an average of 17 points per race.
Jamie Orton’s absence from Rockingham has put him out of the championship fight, but he looks set to secure third overall, just ahead of his teammate Will Burns, and fifth placed Reece Somerfield. Michael Caine also returns after being forced to sit out Rockingham and Silverstone following an injury.
Twice a race winner and poleman last time out, Tom Wrigley has certainly made an impression during his SuperCup debut, but he will need to keep Ollie Jackson at arm’s length if he wants to maintain his position in the championship.
Bradley Smith will be looking to cement his place inside the championship top 10, whilst relative newcomers Callum Pointon, Carl Boardley and Tom Hibbert continue to get miles under their belt with a view to contest the full championship in 2016.
There’s still a champion to be decided in the AM class, as SuperCup stalwart Colin White lines up against season-long rival Osamu Kawashima. Although the Japanese driver is ahead before dropped scores, (drivers discount their six lowest rounds) he needs to outscore White by an average of 26 points per race to win the inaugural title.
Elsewhere, the top five is all but sewn up, with Fraser Robertson looking fairly comfortable in third position, with Chris Ingram sitting pretty in fourth, just ahead of Connaire Finn who joined mid-way through the season.
Optimum Motorsport return with Ade Barwick and Will Moore - both of whom have taken AM class wins – and will field a third car for newcomer to the PRO class, Mike Robinson, who has previously been seen contesting British GT. Century Motorsport will also field three new drivers as Steve Fresle and Ruben Anakhasyan join the AM class fold, whilst Matthew Cowley will join the PRO field.
Making their debut in the series, RAW Motorsport will run Rob Wheldon, whilst completing the grid are Privateers Richard Roberts, who contested the opening round of the season at Brands in April, and Steve Tandy, who raced with Ginetta factory outfit Team LNT in British GT this season.