Callum Pointon took the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup championship with a race in hand at Brands Hatch this weekend (30 September / 01 October 2017) after a superb season has seen the consistent points scorer dominate the points table throughout.
In second place – and with more overall wins than any other driver - Ben Green was determined to keep the title fight alive for as long as possible. Green kicked things off pole position in qualifying thanks to a 1:29.943s lap by the Century Motorsport car.
Mitchell, Jones, Hibbert, Gamble completed the top five, with points leader Pointon ending the session in seventh. Constable took pole in the Am class, a crucial additional point for his championship challenge with White, who had qualified just behind in second.
In the opening race, Green had an almost untroubled lights-to-flag victory whilst behind Jones and Mitchell swapped positions, with Jones finishing second ahead of his Rob Boston Racing team mate. Hibbert dropped back to seventh, meaning Gamble, Boardley and Pointon completed the top six in that order.
In the Am class, Constable dropped down the field at the start after his Xentek Motorsport teammate Minshaw ended up in the gravel at Druids and brought about the safety car. On the restart, White managed the gap to Constable, keeping birthday boy Perez between the pair.
As racing continued, White crept further up the Pro field, after battling with Pros Baker and Somerfield. Constable settled for second in class and hung on to the championship lead. Just behind, Bearne finished third in class, just behind Higgins, who was last of the Pros.
Race two kicked off the action on Sunday, but wet conditions set the stage for a precarious opening round. Green started on pole position thanks to his win from Saturday, and as the action got underway, he streaked ahead of the scrap for second. Gamble made a lightening start and climbed to second on the opening lap, passing Jones and Mitchell.
A brief safety car brought the field back together again and eroded Green’s comfortable lead. On the penultimate lap it was all action as Mitchell passed Green for the lead, dragging Jones through with him. Gamble attempted a fantastic move at Paddock Hill Bend, but eventually had to settle for fourth, just behind Green in an eventual third.
Pointon meanwhile, knew he only had to finish the race in order to secure the championship. The HHC driver kept out of trouble as he battled first with Hibbert and later with Somerfield and brought the car home in an eventual eighth place as the series champion.
It was a similar story in the Am class. White led throughout the 15 lap race, but with his closest rival Constable circulating just behind in second place, it was the Xentek Motorsport driver who snatched the class championship in the penultimate round of the season.
Boardley started the third race from pole position thanks to the reverse grid draw, but lightening starts from Gamble and Green put them in first and second respectively. Boardley slotted in third as Mitchell and Jones fought over fourth and fifth.
The final race of the year didn’t go completely according to plan for newly crowned Am Class champion Constable. He ended up in the gravel and brought about the safety car. On the restart, Mitchell sent it up the inside of Boardley at Paddock Hill bend to snatch third, but contact between the pair left Boardley running through the gravel and subsequently dropping down the order.
Having picked up the Am Class lead following Constable’s retirement, White had enjoyed some great racing with Bearne and Minshaw. Damage on White’s car hampered him in the last few laps, but he hung on by the skin of his teeth to take the class win from Minshaw and Bearne.
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