Following a six week summer break, the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup enters the second half of the 2012 season this weekend as we head to Snetterton armed with a grid full of Ginetta G55’s and G50’s.
Last time out at Croft saw three different winners across three races, as championship contenders Tom Sharp (IDL UK) Tom Ingram (JHR Developments) and Carl Breeze (TCR) dominated the podium, with Breeze getting his long-awaited first win of the season.
Ingram celebrated not only another win at Croft, he was also awarded a much sought-after place in the 2012 KX Akademy, as programme mentor and BTCC driver Jason Plato announced his chosen protégé.
Ingram said; “I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car after our long break; everything is coming together really well now and the car is just getting better and better as the season goes on. You will notice my car is looking a little different this weekend, as I am now carrying the KX branding, I think it looks awesome, come around to the JHR awning and have a look”
Within the Century Motorsport team, Hunter Abbott will be looking to close down the points gap to Breeze ahead of him, whilst Fergus Walkinshaw will be looking to mark his return to Snetterton in style; “It’s hard to believe a year has passed since my Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup debut in my self-built G55 at Snetterton, where I scored two eighth-place finishes.
“I’ll be aiming to go a little better this time around, a top five finish would be ideal. The summer break has given us the opportunity to do a mid-season refresh on the car and get in a little testing. Hopefully that will help me to continue climbing back up the points table.”
Heading out for the third round this year will be the youngest driver on the G55 grid and current Snetterton 300 G50 lap record holder, Jake Hill - who brought home his best result yet at Croft with a fourth placed finish - will undoubtedly be looking for his first podium of the season this weekend.
In the G50 class, championship frontrunner Mark Davies (Richardson Racing) brought home two wins and extended his championship lead over current second-place Rob Gaffney (Meridian Motorsport) to just shy of 100 points.
James Owen (Sherwood Racing) will be looking for an advance on his three, fourth place finishes around Croft – his best results yet – whilst championship newcomer Ian White (Privateer) will be enjoying his second time out in the G50 following a trio of third places at Croft. The weekend also marks a welcome return to the grid for Louise Richardson (Richardson Racing) who missed the Oulton Park and Croft rounds.
Whilst Sharp might still be 85 points clear of Ingram in the championship standings at the halfway point – Ingram and Breeze’s current results prove there’s little doubt that the race for the 2012 championship title is far from over…