GC: Series Snetterton preview

By George, it's close After two wins at Silverstone, George Murrells is back in contention for the Ginetta Challenge title which heads to Snetterton this weekend. With three races to be run for the Ginetta Challenge this weekend, it's a...

By George, it's close

After two wins at Silverstone, George Murrells is back in contention for the Ginetta Challenge title which heads to Snetterton this weekend.

With three races to be run for the Ginetta Challenge this weekend, it's a crucial couple of days in the championship. Andy Richardson heads the championship after securing three wins at Pembrey in May but last time out at Silverstone, George Murrells dragged himself into contention with the perfect weekend. Murrells bagged two race wins, to add to his Oulton Park victory at Easter, and is now just eight points behind Richardson.

This weekend boasts a third race, run to replace the second Oulton Park round that had to be red-flagged with no serious mileage completed. The re-run race will be on Sunday afternoon and on a slipstream-inducing circuit like Snetterton will be a close run thing. Murrells gets a second chance in some respects with the race being rescheduled: he was the first driver to catch oil on the track and crash, promoting the stoppage. He was leading at the time, too.

With his two wins, Murrells is now a real threat to championship leader Richardson, but only a further 13 points back is Sean Huyton who won at Rockingham and has been a regular on the podium all season. Add in Dominic Pettit (who also won at Rockingham) and the prospects are good for a trio of close races.

Others that shouldn't be discounted are Stuart Pearson who has secured two podium finishes this season and Matt Harris who gets faster with every round. Matt Flowers has raced well this season and should be near the front, as will jeweller Mark Wania and Tom Mallett.

New for this year is the inclusion of the G40 alongside the existing G20 model. The G40, a closed car, is heavier than the G20 but is now capable of taking wins as Pettit proved at Rockingham, while Mark Davies finished in the top six in the Optimum Motorsport-run car at Silverstone. Pettit was forced to switch to the old Junior model for the Silverstone races but should be G40-mounted this weekend.

Ginetta races always deliver bags of action at Snetterton -- stand by for a tremendous triple-header.

Qualifying takes place on Sunday August 29th at 10.40 with the rescheduled Oulton Park race to be run at 14.15. On Monday August 30th the two races will be run at 11.15 and 17.25.

-source: ginettacars.com

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