Preview: Brands Hatch GP

The 2021 Ginetta race season comes to an end this weekend (23/24 October) at Brands Hatch in Kent with four class titles up for grabs across the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Ginetta Junior Championship.

After nine entertaining race weekends across the length and breadth of the UK, the two series bring their campaigns to a close at the traditional home of the British Touring Car Championship finale weekends, the full Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch.

In the GT4 SuperCup, there’s a three way battle for overall title glory between Adam Smalley, Tom Hibbert and Josh Rattican. Smalley is in the hot seat, with his tally of eight race wins being more than anyone else on the grid, a run that has built him a 44 point lead.

Hibbert has six victories of his own this season and will be aiming to continue a streak of five consecutive podium finishes on the Brands Hatch GP layout. Rattican’s chance of title success is slim, however he has momentum on his side after a best ever weekend of results last time out.

In the championship’s secondary Pro Am class, it’s a straight fight for the honours between Colin White and Carl Garnett. The former has the odds in his favour, having accumulated an 87 point advantage thanks to no less than 16 class wins in the 20 races so far.

Whilst White is on course for a fourth GT4 SuperCup class title success, Yorkshire’s own Garnett is set to finish as a runner-up for the second season in a row. He has more podium finishes than White, 19 to 18, however crucially only two of those have been wins.

Other talents to keep an eye on in the ultra-competitive GT4 SuperCup entry this weekend are overall race-winners James Kellett, Carlito Mirraco and James Blake-Baldwin, plus podium finishers in Steve Roberts, Tom Emson and Luke Reade.

The Juniors has a straight fight for the overall drivers’ title meanwhile, as Aston Millar and Liam McNeilly prepare to resume battle. They dominated the last round at Donington Park, sharing the top two positions across every session.

Millar leads the way having remarkably finished every race so far this season inside the top six, a run that includes more race wins and podium finishes than his chief rival. McNeilly still have a chance though and has his sights set on some big results to swing the points in his favour.

There could be title success for one of this year’s Ginetta Junior scholars too, with Robert de Haan currently leading the rookie class heading into the final weekend. He faces tough competition from Callum Voisin though, who has taken an unmatched tally of seven overall race wins this year.

After breaking the all-time record of the biggest Ginetta Junior grid last time out with 29 cars, the series is set to go one better this weekend. Amongst the huge entry are front-runners Seb Hopkins, Will Jenkins, Jamie Osborne and Josh Rowledge.

The race weekend timetable, live timing and session results can be found at:- https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/214003

Each championship will have one race televised live on ITV4 and the ITV Hub on Sunday.

Find out more about Millers Oils’ technical partnership with Ginetta: https://www.millersoils.co.uk/ginetta-cars-extends-technical-partnership-with-millers-oils-to-2024/