An Andy lead in the Ginetta Challenge It has been a relatively gentle start to the season for the Ginetta Challenge competitors but they are set to become busier as five double-header weekends kick off here at Rockingham. With three wins ...
An Andy lead in the Ginetta Challenge
It has been a relatively gentle start to the season for the Ginetta Challenge competitors but they are set to become busier as five double-header weekends kick off here at Rockingham. With three wins at Pembrey in May, Andy Richardson is the man to beat at present although George Murrells has been his main opposition and sneaked a win in the season opener at Oulton Park.
Richardson comes to Rockingham with a nine-point cushion and the knowledge that it won't be easy to retain that. Murrells is driving better than last season and was unlucky to be caught out by an oil-soaked Old Hall Corner at Oulton Park in round two that pitched him into the barriers at high speed. The accident brought about the end of the race and left him with a big repair bill. He bounced back at Pembrey and was Richardson's nearest opposition but a succession of poor starts hampered his ability to score wins. He'll be keen to address that weakness this weekend.
The best of the rest is Sean Huyton who has taken two second places this season and should be a pace-setter here, while Stuart Pearson has been a consistent points scorer in the opening rounds and lies fourth at present.
Inevitably, there are drivers keen to improve their fortunes, such as David Jackson, a winner in the Club Ginetta series last year, who took a third at Oulton Park but struggled at Pembrey, while former double champion Gavin Mitchell has been running at the bottom end of the top 10, which isn't where you expect to find him. Mitchell knows these cars well so expect him to take a step forward this weekend.
Add in race winner Mark Wania and recent Ginetta convert (from single-seater racing) Matt Shawyer and the racing should be very close indeed.
And new for 2010 is the addition of a new car: the Ginetta Challenge caters not just for the G20 model but also for the new G40. It is heavier and not as developed -- yet -- as the G20 but in the hands of G20 race winner Dominic Pettit looks to have lots of potential. Expect the gap between the G20 and G40 models to be narrower here.
The Ginetta Challenge only makes one visit a year to Rockingham but the combination of the Northamptonshire track and the Leeds-built racers always generates good racing. Get ready...
Racing takes place at Rockingham, near Corby in Northamptonshire, on Sunday July 18th at 10:20 and 17:15 with each race set for 20 minutes duration.