The highly competitive Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge makes its first-ever visit to Knockhill this weekend, with a tightly poised championship battle guaranteeing thrilling racing.
All eyes will be on championship protagonists Shane Stoney and Lewis Brown as their season-long title battle moves north of the border. Following the previous overseas round at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, Stoney carries a 20-point lead over closest rival Brown going into this weekend’s races.
There’s a bit more of a gap to third-place man Ollie Wilkinson, a consistent front runner for much of this season who’s yet to grab that breakthrough win in 2017 – could Knockhill be the chance for the Optimum Motorsport-run up-and-comer?
Behind him, only a point separates Xentek Motorsport’s Nick Zapolski from Century Motorsport’s Max Bird in fourth and fifth in the standings. Bird hasn’t won since the season-opener at Oulton Park and Zapolski is, like Wilkinson, keen to break his 2017 duck. Other consistent performers among the top 10 in the points heading to Knockhill are R&J Motorsport’s Ryan Hadfield, Xentek’s Simon Traves and Team OneCall’s Katie Milner.
Joining Wilkinson under the Optimum Motorsport banner are Ashley Marshall, Steven Wells and Connor O’Brien – the latter hoping to build on a breakthrough weekend at Zandvoort where he scored a brace of fifth places, his best results to date.
Quattro Motorsport’s Richard Evans has been the strongest so far this year of the GT5 Challenge’s Am class contingent, which at Knockhill also includes Adrian Campbell-Smith, Nick Halstead, Johnny Greenwood and Mike Jarvis.
Finally, back in the Pro class, Seb Perez and Geri Nicosia will be making their second appearances of the year in the GT5 Challenge, having already joined the grid during the Thruxton BTCC support rounds earlier in the season.
Completing the Pro grid are Richardson Racing’s Alex Toth-Jones and GBR’s Angus Fender, along with privateers Luke Pinder, Carlito Miracco and Morgan Quinn.