SILVERSTONE R300 & SUPERSPORT SHOWDOWN
Tomorrow the BRSCC Midlands Centre will become the first organiser to run a ‘club’ meeting on Silverstone’s new 1.85 mile International Circuit. The one-day meeting will be the last of the 2011 season for what is the BRSCC’s busiest Centre.
The BookaTrack.com Caterham Superlight R300 title showdown has become a two-horse race between the JPS coloured Fauldsport car of Jamie Orton and the bright green SPY Motorsport car of Paul Wilson. Orton comes into the weekend with the upper hand, an eight point advantage, though this decreases slightly when the current drop scores are taken into account.
Between him and Newbury based Sales Director Wilson, they’ve accounted for all but one of the victories this year and even that would have gone the way of Wilson if he hadn’t been the victim of some last lap over exuberance by another driver.
The title battle in the Avon Tyres Caterham Supersport Championship is even closer. Essex coachbuilder Lee Wiggins has stretched his wafer-thin lead to merely a very slim one, with four points separating him from Jeremy Webb. Both Wiggins and Webb have identical drop scores to fall back on, making this a straight fight to the finish for the Supersport crown. An unlucky spin two years ago denied Wiggins the Academy title, and then a quite incredible recovery drive by nemesis Webb last year saw Wiggins lose out on the Roadsport crown too.
Whilst Wiggins’ motivation to win this year will be unsurpassed, it’s not necessarily Kent driver Webb that will be providing the chief opposition as neither has won a race since April. Third place man Reece Somerfield has made more podium appearances than any other Supersport driver this year and after something of a turbulent start now lays within striking distance of the top two if they have anything less than a brilliant weekend.
With Wes Fox already secure as the Avon Tyres Caterham Roadsport champion, tomorrow’s double-header is all about the scrap for the remaining podium slots. Kurt Brady, who along with Fox was one of the two 2010 Academy champions, currently has the upper hand with a slight points lead over the others and a decent finish to fall back on when drop scores come into play. Mike Head is the most recent non-Fox winner and sits just three points off of Brady in the hunt for the runner-up spot, but like the two drivers below him, he’s dropping two zero scores so needs to make these final finishes count.
Distracting Brady and Hart will be the challenge from Jon Mortimer and Aaron Head. Head, the youngest driver on the grid, has had a couple of blips, which have dented his championship charge, but there is no denying his pace. Sandwiched between Head and Hart in the championship, table Jon Mortimer is the only top five driver not to have had a win this year.
The Arrowpak backed Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship conclude their season with yet another grid of 30 cars, featuring a myriad of marques and models. Andy Jordan in his Renault Clio is confirmed as the Overall & Class D champion but there are still some class battles going on throughout the field and Euro Saloons are nothing if not fiercely competitive so the action should be as exciting as ever.
Silverstone also stages the final two rounds for the Formula Jedi Championship tomorrow. Richard Mitcham and James Fletcher are currently level on points at the top of the table, however when dropped scores are taken into account, Mitcham holds a 30 point lead over his rival which brings him within striking distance of a second title. But as anything can happen in motorsport, Fletcher will be pushing as hard as possible. Dan Cook currently holds third spot and could upset the formbook. He has had a strong season, can still mathematically catch Fletcher for second, and has a great chance of finishing in the top three in the standings for the first time since joining the championship.