Following on from a frenetic opening weekend of the season at Brands Hatch, the thrill-a-minute TOCA support package heads to Donington Park this weekend (15.16th April) for a bumper two days of Easter entertainment.
A permanent fixture on the BTCC programme; the Renault UK Clio Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Simpson Race Products Ginetta Juniors, Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup and British F4 Championships will all continue their 2017 campaigns at the Leicestershire venue.
With a glittering array of talent and the list of entries continuing to grow, the Renault UK Clio Cup is looking as strong as ever this year. Mike Bushell and Lee Pattison took a win and second place finish apiece at the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser to enter this weekend tied on points at the top.
Both have set their stalls out as early title contenders and will be keen to bridge the gap between themselves and the chasing pack. In that chasing pack is the impressive teenager Jack McCarthy who made a big impression at Brands with two starring performances. James Dorlin also featured and will look to mix it further at the front with the likes of Paul Rivett, James Colburn and Max Coates.
Daniel Cammish kicked off his pursuit of a third straight Porsche Carrera Cup GB title on the right foot with a double victory at Brands Hatch and few would bet against him at Donington Park. The Redline Racing driver has been the man to beat the past two years and another perfect score would aid his championship charge – especially as he is set to miss the Snetterton event in a few months.
Hot on Cammish’s heels are a handful of rapid chargers that, on their day, have the beating of the Yorkshireman. Dino Zamparelli, Charlie Eastwood, Tom Oliphant and Lewis Plato will be ones to watch at the sharp end with Cammish.
In the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, George Gamble enters the weekend as the early point’s leader virtue of his double victory last time out. Jack Mitchell ensured Gamble didn’t take a clean sweep and these two look set to continue their on-track battle with the likes of Callum Pointon and Carl Boardley also set to weigh in on the hunt for silverware.
The Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship battle for supremacy is also set to intensify as the next wave of 14 to 17-year-olds continue to leave their marks. Sebastian Priaulx is the perennial pace-setter after taking a win at Brands Hatch but the traditional edge-of-the-seat thrills mean he is likely to come under attack from a host of drivers.
To name a few; Harry King, Daniel Harper and Harry Dyson have all shown their Junior credentials at some stage.
Jamie Caroline heads to Donington Park at the summit of the British F4 Championship following a dominating display last time out. The Pirtek man took two wins with Ayrton Simmons denying him a clean sweep.
Caroline became an internet sensation at this event in 2016 following his wet-weather heroics and considering the form he appears to be in, Caroline could well steal the show in the single-seater series.