The Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup provided plenty of excitement at Snetterton Circuit last weekend with a trio of fantastic races which saw Jac Constable take an impressive trio of Am class victories whilst Callum Pointon continued to extend his championship lead. There were two new winners to boot, with Declan Jones and Carl Boardley each taking their debut wins.
Six missed races this season proved to be no trouble for Jack Mitchell as he claimed pole position on his return to the grid in his Laser Tools Racing car. Back for the remainder of the season, he was determined to pick up as many points as he could mind you; his 1:55.265s lap unable to be topped. Ben Green didn’t make things easy. On a run of strong results, the Century Motorsport driver took the second front row position ahead of the race, missing out by just 0.078s.
As the race got underway, a textbook start for Green saw him leap into the lead off the line, with Pointon following him around Mitchell, who dropped to third. Pointon’s closest rival heading to Norfolk, George Gamble, had managed to get to fourth when he retired from the action in lap three, handing an even bigger points haul to the HHC Motorsport driver.
As the top three settled into their own rhythm where they remained to the flag, behind it was a hectic race for fourth between Declan Jones – on fine form since his switch to Rob Boston Racing – and Reece Somerfield, Carl Boardley and Tom Hibbert. Somerfield managed to nip through to finish fourth – his best result of the season – before the flag fell with Jones settling in fifth.
The Am class action was equally as exciting meanwhile. Colin White, who has been a dominant force in the Am field in recent years, has had Jac Constable nipping at his heels all season. With Constable starting on pole position and White sixth in class there battle was on for the championship lead. Maximum points for Constable and a second place for White meant that as the flag fell, their pair drew level in the standings.
The SuperCup field were the opening act on Sunday’s race day. With a damp track and rain hanging in the air, things were a little hairy as the lights went out at the start of the action and the pack of G55’s struggled to find a dry line. Poleman Pointon held the lead into Richies for the first time, with Green and Jones settling into second and third.
A moment for Green dropped him to fourth and Jones moved into second. Gifted by a slide for Pointon, Jones pounced and snatched the lead, with Mitchell and Green piling on the pressure to the now-unsettled points leader. Although the battle raged throughout the remainder of the race – with Boardley and Hibbert muscling in on the action in the later stages – they ultimately ended in that order.
There was another absolutely fantastic showing from the Am class. Level on points heading into the race, it was an important outing for White and Constable. Although the pair got off the line well, some grass tracking for Constable dropped him well off the tail of the former class champion, and behind his teammate Minshaw.
Proving experience beyond his years, the Xentek Motorsport driver reeled in the leaders by the penultimate lap and pulled off a textbook move on his teammate at Murrays as they headed onto the final lap. Less than three miles later, Constable was through; his fantastic recovery drive earning him the race win and the championship lead.
The third and final race promised great excitement thanks to the reversed grid. Boardley was drawn on pole with Mitchell alongside. Boardley enjoyed a fantastic start, whilst Pointon – from fourth – leapt into second as they headed into Richies for the first time.
No sooner than action got underway was it annulled for a time as the safety car was scrambled following an opening lap tangle between Adam Higgins and Alexis Taylor. Racing recommenced on lap six and up front, it was quite an uneventful dash to the flag for the Pro drivers, bar a move by Hibbert to take third at Nelson picking up three additional spots from his grid position.
Once again though, it was the Am class who stole the show. White was the early leader but had Constable close behind. The pair traded places – and a touch of paint – throughout the 13 lap encounter, but ultimately it was Constable who took victory after a spin for White dropped him down the order, although he managed to recover to third before the flag fell.
Elsewhere, there was an enthralling battle for between Brookes, Minshaw, Kirby & Robinson. The quartet swapped positions throughout the race, but a loose bonnet for Brookes and contact with White for Minshaw left the door wide open for Kirby to snatch second place – his third of the season.
The Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup misses the annual trip north of the border to Scotland, therefore their championship will reconvene at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 26 / 27 August.