TOCA support package heads to Rockingham to begin title run-in

23 Aug 17

The TOCA support package is back in action once again this weekend (26/27 August) with Rockingham providing the latest stop on the calendar.

In what has been a season full of high drama and entertainment, the battle for championship glory is set to further intensify as driver’s race into the business end of the year at the popular Corby venue.

Many eyes are likely to be fixed on the Renault UK Clio Cup as Mike Bushell bids to win a second title. Entering the weekend holding a 98-point advantage over his nearest challenger, the Team Pyro racer holds a realistic chance of topping the one-make series once again.

With a maximum of 68 points up for grabs, Bushell will need to stretch his lead to 137 points to become champion.

Eight drivers hold a mathematical shot at stopping the Tunbridge Wells driver however with Paul Rivett, Lee Pattison and Max Coates as his nearest challengers. They and the rest of the protagonists will be keen to outscore Bushell over the course of the weekend’s two races.

The ever-popular Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship will be on track too and keen to move on from a tumultuous couple of weeks. Since Knockhill, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer have suspended lead outfit JHR Developments from active competition, pending an investigation.

JHR’s departure has seen six drivers finding new teams, including the top two in the championship – Sebastian Priaulx and Tom Gamble. The duo are separated by a mere three points and both will be hoping for a return to the top step of the podium.

Hot on their heels are Kiern Jewiss and Daniel Harper; the form drivers of late. The Douglas Motorsport pairing have taken chunks out of Priaulx and Gamble’s lead to now sit within touching distance of the summit. Throw into the mix Knockhill race winner Harry King and Tom Wood and you can see why the Juniors aren’t to be missed.

In the British F4 Championship, Pirtek Racing’s Jamie Caroline will hope to take another step closer to securing single seater glory. Notching ten wins this year, Caroline has been in devastating form at times this season and a consistent remainder of the season will surely deliver the Carlin driver his second title on the TOCA package.

Oscar Piastri remains the closest challenge to Caroline but he will need to up the ante further if he is to claim the coveted crown.

Finally, the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup returns after not competing at Knockhill with another driver on course to take a step closer to claiming championship honours. Consistency has been key Callum Pointon, who holds a 95-point lead over Ben Green, and another strong showing will put him on the cusp of a maiden title.