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Preview: Ginetta GT4 SuperCup, Round Four, Thruxton

15th September 2020 • Simon Paice

Gus Burton is the driver to beat at the top of the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup points standings, but he has Tom Hibbert and Will Burns hot on his heels heading to Thruxton this weekend.

A fascinating battle at the front of the field has seen Burton (Century Motorsport), Hibbert (Triple M Motorsport) and Burns (Rob Boston Racing) trade the championship lead between themselves across the opening three events of the 2020 campaign.

The pendulum swung in Burton’s favour courtesy of a dominant double victory last time out at Oulton Park. That was the latest chapter of a brilliant debut season for the Ginetta Junior graduate, who has finished on the podium in all eight races so far this year.

Hibbert and Burns remain hot on his heels though, having taken double wins of their own at Donington Park and Brands Hatch respectively. The experienced duo enjoyed Thruxton success last year too; Burns picking up two wins and Hibbert a couple of second places.

Adam Smalley (Elite Motorsport) has two podium finishes so far this season, including a maiden victory at Brands Hatch. He’ll be one to watch this weekend, having been a race-winner at Thruxton in his title-winning 2018 Ginetta Junior season and in the GT5 Challenge last year.

Jamie Falvey (Motion Capital Racing) will be heading into the weekend in high spirits after recording a great first podium finish of his debut season at Oulton Park. Fin Green (Rob Boston Racing) meanwhile returns here with fond memories of his maiden series podium last year.

This is set to be a milestone weekend for Reece Somerfield (Privateer), as he is on course to become the first driver to reach 200 race starts in the GT4 SuperCup. He’s been on the cusp of the podium battle this year, as has Joe Marshall-Birks (Rob Boston Racing).

One of the most hotly contested battles on the grid has been for the Pro Am honours, with Chris Salkeld (Assetto Motorsport), Colin White (CWS Motorsport) and Tom Emson (Elite Motorsport) regularly proving inseparable out on track.

Reigning Ginetta G40 Cup champion Salkeld leads the way with a 100% podium record so far, with White close behind after reaching the milestone of 100 podiums in the GT4 SuperCup last time out. Emson has impressed in his first full season meanwhile with five visits to the rostrum.

The Am class has been close fought too, with Stewart Lines (Triple M Motorsport) moving to the top of the points with eight podiums in eight to date. Nick Halstead (Fox Motorsport) has three wins, more than anyone else, while Carl Garnett (AK Motorsport) took his maiden victories at Oulton Park. Lee Goldsmith (Assetto Motorsport) returns to the grid looking to add to his one podium so far.

 

Weekend Timetable:

Saturday, September 19 – Qualifying, 11.35 to 11.55; Race One, 16.35

Sunday, September 20 – Race Two, 12.20; Race Three, 16.30 (Both live on ITV4)

 

Live timing and results: https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/203803