29/06/2021

Race Report: Brands Hatch

Three different drivers from three different teams shared the race victories during an action-packed second round of the 2021 Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup at Brands Hatch this past weekend (26th/27th June 2021).

Two weeks on from a thrilling season opener at Snetterton, the paddock reconvened in Kent for some more highly competitive racing in Ginetta’s flagship championship – which Millers Oils is the title sponsor of for a third consecutive season.

It was a weekend to remember for Carlito Miracco. He stormed to a maiden pole position in qualifying on Saturday morning and duly converted it into a first ever victory in the opening race later that day ahead of Adam Smalley and Tom Emson.

Smalley won the first two races of the season at Snetterton and went on to add another success in race two at Brands Hatch to cement his position at the top of the championship standings. Emson followed him home, with Tom Hibbert impressed us with a drive from 11th to third.

The final race of the weekend was televised live on ITV3, with Hibbert stealing the spotlight again for his first win of the season. It was a memorable encounter for James Blake-Baldwin and Steve Roberts too as they took their first podium finishes in the series.

As leading teams Preptech UK, Elite Motorsport and Rob Boston Racing all picked up overall race victories, in the secondary Pro Am class, Ginetta veteran Colin White was in fantastic form on his way to three victories from Carl Garnett.

Fun Facts: It was a landmark weekend for the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup, with the opening race being the 250th in the history of the championship. In the same race, Hibbert celebrated his 100th race start, while Miracco became the 40th different race-winner in the championship’s history.

The Ginetta Junior Championship was also in action at Brands Hatch and the meeting was dominated by Callum Voisin. In only his third ever race weekend, he turned in a sensational performance to record a dream hat-trick of race victories.

Seb Hopkins enjoyed a return to form with three podium finishes of his own, while Liam McNeilly and Josh Miller also picked up trophies. Hopkins has now returned to the championship lead, with the top four drivers separated by just three points at this stage.

Both the GT4 SuperCup and Juniors are back in action in five weeks’ time, visiting Oulton Park in Cheshire over the weekend of the 31st July / 1st August.

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/