Oulton Park awaits ever-entertaining TOCA support championships

17 May 17

Oulton Park in Cheshire is the next stop on the calendar for the TOCA support package this weekend (20/21 May), with the traditional thrills and spills on order once again.

This season has already seen a string of virtuoso performances from the multiple championships that compete alongside the BTCC and that looks likely to continue.

In the Renault UK Clio Cup, 2014 champion Mike Bushell has proved to be the one to beat however the drama has been relentless. Wins for Paul Rivett, Lee Pattison, Mac Coates and most recently James Dorlin have teed up an already intriguing title battle with many more waiting in the wings to triumph.

Two races around the Island circuit is sure to add further spice and with the addition of Nicolas Hamilton, brother to three-time F1 champion Lewis, many will be casting an eye over the one-make, tin-top category.

Arguably stealing the show at Thruxton, many will be excited to see what plays out in the British F4 Championship. Carlin young gun Jamie Caroline made history at the Hampshire track as he became the first driver to win all three races in a single weekend and has built up an impressive lead of 86 points over his nearest rival.

On an impressive run of form currently, it is hard to see past the Pirtek-backed racer to enjoy more success although there are a host of drivers ready to take the fight to him. Oscar Piastri, Oliver York and Logan Sargeant are his closest challengers currently so keep an eye on them.

The Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship has provided some thrilling racing thus far and it is Tom Gamble that remains in control at the top of the standings. Podium finishes in all bar one race as well as a trio of wins places him in the driving seat.

Chasing Gamble and needing to get on terms with him this weekend is Daniel Harper and Sebastian Priaulx, the two youngsters that round out the top three. Harry King and Tom Wood are also on the fringe of things but as has been the theme for many years now in Ginetta Juniors, picking a winner is never usually easy until the chequered flag is in sight.

Not competing at Thruxton at the start of the month, both the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup make welcome returns to the billing at Oulton Park.

In the Carrera Cup it is Charlie Eastwood that leads the way after taking a deserving double at Donington Park. Halting the juggernaut that is Daniel Cammish, the Redline Racing driver enters the weekend with a four-point advantage over the double champion.

With a sizeable lead over Tom Oliphant in third, Eastwood and Cammish’s battle is likely to intensify over the course of the weekend and both will want to gain the upper hand before they head to Le Mans in a couple of weeks.

Callum Pointon is the early pace-setter in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, holding an impressive 48-point advantage before a wheel is turned this weekend.

Consistency has been key for the local man and the competitiveness of the championship is underlined with the rest of the top five separated by a single point. George Gamble, Declan Jones, Ben Green and Charlie Ladell have been nip and tuck but all will need a big point scoring weekend if they are to catch Pointon.

Along with the trio of BTCC races being staged this weekend, fans are set to be treated to another entertaining two days of racing as the TOCA circus rolls on.