Just two weeks after taking his first double victory since Croft in 2016, Dino Zamparelli (JTR) goes from Silverstone to Brands Hatch tied on points with Charlie Eastwood (Redline Racing) at the top of the championship table. The application of one dropped score as the table currently stands leaves Eastwood with a slender four point advantage.
A two point gap between the top placings means Zamparelli would need to win both races with Eastwood second to take the championship, equal on points but with a higher number of wins. Otherwise, Zamparelli needs to finish ahead of Eastwood by two places to guarantee the result. Eastwood has the easier task, finish ahead of Zamparelli or just behind if another driver takes the win.
The only other driver who enters the final two rounds with a mathematical chance of the overall crown is reigning champion Dan Cammish (Redline Racing), although a 32 point gap will be almost impossible to close. Just 12 months ago, Cammish had already secured his second title and when the Leeds driver won the final round, he set a new record for the most races won in a single season.
One year later, despite missing two rounds due to a clash of dates with his 2017
Brands Hatch Grand Prix also holds good memories for Eastwood, the
While the focus will be on the battle for the championship between the top trio, increasingly close behind is the largest Pro category in
Other competitors looking to finish their season on a high who could well influence the championship fight include Lewis Plato (JTR). The 24-year-old has shown strong pace in his second season, posting four podium finishes and performing especially well on faster circuits. Team mate Tio Ellinas (JTR) secured the 2017
Brothers Euan and Dan McKay (Redline Racing) took a Pro-Am1 win apiece in 2016, but 2017 has seen Euan with the edge in the Pro category. Tom Wrigley (IN2 Racing) and Ross Wylie (Slidesports) will each be aiming to secure second place in the Rookie standings behind Ellinas. Wrigley currently holds a six point advantage over Wylie, with Jamie Orton (IN2 Racing) just 13 points further back despite missing three rounds.
Tyre damage at Silverstone and the dramatic return of Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) resulted in a change at the top of the Pro-Am1 category. Alex Martin (Team Parker Racing) will go to the championship showdown with a three point advantage over Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) after tyre damage in round thirteen resulted in a pit stop which cost Sherwood valuable points.
For Sherwood to take his second Pro-Am1 title, he needs to finish at least four places ahead of Martin across both races. In the event of a tie, Martin takes the title on total wins.
Leonard shared fastest laps with Martin last time out, but had to give best to the former BTCC racer in both races. Brands Hatch will be his opportunity to reverse the order, but Sherwood has ground to make up and has the outright pace to challenge for the win. Chasing hard will be Graeme Mundy (Team Parker Racing), who sits third in the standings, and John McCullagh (Redline Racing).
In Pro-Am2, an unprecedented season of success – a record 10 wins – sees Peter Kyle-Henney (IN2 Racing) still chasing Shamus Jennings (G-Cat Racing). A consistent run of results has put Jennings three points ahead, and two finishes directly behind Kyle-Henney would be enough to secure the title. Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) sits in third with Rookie David Fairbrother (Slidesports) moving up into fourth from Rupert Martin (Team Parker Racing). Both could be key players in the title decider, already having taken to the top step of the podium once in 2017.
A significant milestone will also be reached at Brands Hatch in the rich racing heritage of the
Rounds fourteen and fifteen take place on Sunday 1 October, round fourteen at 10:40 with round thirteen live on ITV4 at 16:17. Follow the battle for the championship at @
(numbers in brackets include one dropped score)
Charlie Eastwood - Redline Racing – 210 (202)
Dino Zamparelli - JTR – 210 (198)
Dan Cammish - Redline Racing – 170 (170)
Alex Martin - Team Parker Racing – 106 (106)
Justin Sherwood - Team Parker Racing – 89 (89)
Graeme Mundy - Team Parker Racing – 48 (48)
Shamus Jennings - G-Cat Racing – 85 (85)
Peter Kyle-Henney - IN2 Racing – 80 (80)
Iain Dockerill - Asset Advantage Racing – 76 (76)
During the weekend lunch breaks at Brands Hatch, currently scheduled from 13.25 to 14.00 on Saturday 30 September and 12.15 to 12.55 on Sunday 1 October, the
Underlining its role as the ultimate expression of the
Making the most of the opportunity between World Endurance Championship (WEC) races in America and Japan, the successful 2017 919 Hybrid will be demonstrated around the Kent circuit by British factory
Since first introduced at the beginning of the 2014 season, to date the 919 Hybrid has won 16 races, two world drivers’ championships and two manufacturers’ championships – and looks set to add more to that impressive tally. When combined with three consecutive victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, beginning with Tandy’s win in 2015, the 919 Hybrid has emphatically earned itself a place in
With three races remaining in the 2017 WEC season, the
Brands Hatch last hosted a round of the World Sportscar Championship in 1989, when the legendary 962C was the top-class contender for
Ragnar Schulte, Head of Marketing and Motorsport,
“With three consecutive wins at Le Mans, the 919 Hybrid has emphatically positioned itself alongside them in the history of
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