SNETTERTON JULY 24/25 PREVIEW – NANKANG TYRE CITYCAR CUP
The first full season of the new Nankang Tyre CityCar Cup has been rather whirlwind since it began in May, as we’ve already seen three weekends and six races this year with some superb racing all round. Now with two visits to Donington Park either side of an Oulton Park trip, the championship now travels to another new venue for the first. On this occasion, it’s Snetterton in Norfolk with three races on the cards on Saturday, meaning it’ll be a busy time for all of the drivers competing.
Amongst all the action, there’s one question that everyone’s asking right now – just how do they stop Nic Grindrod from dominating this year?! So far, the former Pickup Truck racer has been untouchable, taking pole for all six races, leading every single lap, winning each of them and also taking every fastest lap, meaning he has so far achieved the absolute maximum score of 306 points available from those encounters. While it’s fairly likely we’ll see more of the same this weekend, all those who are doing the chasing are starting to edge closer to him in terms of pace.
Behind him for 2nd place, there looks to be quite a titanic scrap taking place over not just the current runner-up spot, but also the honour of being the first ever Novice Racer category winner too. Liam Browning and Andrew Dyer are currently locked in combat at the moment, separated by 8 points with Browning ahead. Both have overall podium finishes to their name, but with Browning managing to score at least 40 points in every race so far compared to Dyer, Liam currently has Andrew chasing him down. Duncan Stone also has a podium finish to his name from Donington Park and goes to Snetterton in 4th place, while Tony Trotter is absent this weekend and therefore will be set to lose his 5th place. Likewise for William Burgess in the Mission Motorsport-run Citroen, which will now have Ben Norfolk at the wheel for the remainder of the season.
Tim Evans is another that has slipped down the order recently and will need some strong results to get back up there, while Daniel Sellick and Elliot Lettis are also making moves up the table, especially Lettis who comes to Nofolk 10th in points but also off the back of an excellent first podium from the previous rounds at Donington Park GP supporting the British GT Championship.