Rockingham is the venue for this weekend’s all-action Ginetta Challenge races with Sean Huyton and Mark Davies fighting for the title.
This year’s Ginetta Challenge has been an absolute cracker and is far from resolved. This weekend’s annual visit to Rockingham is set to deliver superb racing and may take us a step nearer to discovering whom the class champions will be. For 2011, an increased number of G40s takes on the earlier G20 model and both championships have delivered some tremendous action. The G40s tend to do the overall winning and Sean Huyton and Mark Davies have taken three wins apiece. Huyton heads the championship by 26 points from Davies, but that is less than a race win and anything could happen in a double-header weekend like this. Huyton (Academy Motorsport) has proved to be impressive on cold tyres off the start and that could be crucial around the daunting, banked Turn 1 on the opening lap.
Davies (Optimum Motorsport) has returned to the Ginetta Challenge that he own in 2009 in a G20. The East Yorkshireman won the opener at Oulton Park but has had a few scrapes as well as his three wins. If he can avoid trouble this weekend he will be a major threat to Huyton both on-track and for points.
Former Caterham champion Clive Richards has bagged a brace of wins in his Colards Motorsport-run car and will be a major factor this weekend, too, while Mike Robinson has made the step up from Renault Clios and won on the road at Brands Hatch – only to cop a penalty for exceeding the track limits. He’ll be looking to finally secure a win, while Richard Sykes (HHC Motorsport) has been quick all season but has been denied a chance to stand on the top step of the podium. So far…
The G20 class has been even more competitive where privateer Stuart Pearson is just eight points ahead of Gary Simms (Optimum Motorsport). Simms has taken more win, four to the two of Pearson, and these two have established themselves as the drivers to beat in the class. Expect another double dose of drama between the pair at Rockingham.
With full grids and evenly-matched cars, there is great racing all through the field. Don’t miss a moment of it.
Qualifying takes place on Saturday September 3rd at 14:15 after free practice at 10:25. Race one takes place on Sunday September 4t over 20 minutes starting at 10:20 with race two at 15:45.