Just a few points separate each of the top 5 but Mike Jordan maintains leadThis weekend was a busy race weekend for the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge with Britcar, Legends, Dunlop Production Touring Car Championship and Dutch Supercar Challenge registered drivers all racing to earn points towards the Challenge.Chaotic weather at Donington proved to be a major variable in the Britcar and Production Touring Car races. With rain one minute and sun the next, this made making the right tyre choice an absolute necessity to be able to stay out on track for as long as possible.
In the Britcar Production Cup Harry Cockill had a fantastic drive – racing the 90 minutes endurance race on his own as his brother and co-driver Edward Cockill was unable to attend. The 22 year old put in a sterling performance, which saw him remain near the front of the field throughout the race battling with the bigger cars of class 1 and 2 and eventually take the win in class 3. Cockill also qualified the HE Racing Civic Type R on pole in class and set fastest lap in class, giving him the extra points needed to climb into the top 5 of the Challenge standings.Former BTCC racer Mike Jordan remains at the top of the standings after a perfect race gaining points for the win, pole and fastest lap in Britcar Production class 2. However due to a smaller grid of 7 cars in class 2 Jordan scored 70% of the points on offer, meaning his average score has in fact been lowered.Hot on Mike Jordan’s tail is Gary Duckman from the Dunlop Production Touring Car Championship who jumped a massive 21 positions into second place! Duckman scored points for 3 wins, 3 fastest laps and 3 pole positions – a perfect weekend.“The weekend went perfectly really. We had a great test on Wednesday ironing out issues with a broken driveshaft and we were able to get a good setup on the car,” said Gary. “For me Race 3 was the most difficult win as I started 6th on the reverse grid and was struggling with the brakes. Both Luke Caudle and Joe Girling were very close behind me at the later stages so it was very satisfying to come out on top.”Brands Hatch played host to the Legends opening round and saw competitors’ first chance to earn points towards the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge. For Legends driver Lawrence Davey it was a great weekend which shot him straight into third in the overall Challenge standings.“I couldn't have wished for a better start to the season. With a new car I didn't know what to expect, but the first4vans.com car performed perfect all weekend,” commented Lawrence. “From 6 races, I got 3 wins, two seconds and a third with 2 fastest laps. I am looking forward to Silverstone next weekend and am hoping not only to extend my lead in the championship but also increase my Challenge point score.”The Dutch Supercar Challenge also had their opening round this weekend in Zolder. Frans and Hans Theirs in the SGT class with Scuderia Monza made their mark on the standings with an average point score of 45.GT Cup have their season opener this weekend at Donington and their first chance to score points towards the Challenge. A full list of entrants’ will then be released.