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Looking Ahead: Titles still up for grabs at the Snetterton Showdown
Oct 06 2023

Looking Ahead: Titles still up for grabs at the Snetterton Showdown

In what feels like the blink of an eye, the GT Cup enters its final event of the year – the Snetterton Showdown Season Finale. Back on the 300 layout, there are still titles up for grabs as the last of the points get served up.

Members of three different race groups make up the top points positions in the overall championship table with GTO duo Paul Bailey and Ross Wylie leading the way with 479 points. J&S Racing’s Sacha Kakad and Hugo Cook from Group GT3 sit in second, while Group GTC’s Topcats Racing are behind them in third.

National Motorsport Academy are still looking for their first win in their Lotus Evora in Group GTO. The team found success in their Mosler MT900 earlier in the season but are yet to repeat the feat in the new car. Talking of Moslers, Martin Short has teamed up with Kendall Developments this weekend to bring his Mosler MT900 out for a run with sons Marcus and Morgan Short behind the wheel.

J&S Racing’s Kakad and Cook continue to lead in Group GT3, now with over 77 points between them and Orange Racing powered by JMH’s Simon Orange and Tom Roche. It is mathematically possible for Orange Racing to claim the championship, but it is ultimately J&S Racing’s title to lose. An invitational entry in the for of 7TSix joins the Group GT3 grid for Snetterton with Ian Loggie and Thomas Emson sharing driving duties.

In Group GTC, TopCats Racing maintain their lead at the head of the tables and remain the favourites for the title. Orange Racing’s second car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the hands of Patrick Collins and Russ Lindsay sits behind them, with an 81.5 point deficit. AF Corse’s Graham and Dan de Zille rejoin the Group GTC this weekend following a few missed rounds for Ferrari Challenge. Though no longer eligible for points, the pair will definitely bring the fight to their group rivals.

It’s a Morpheus Racing fight for the Group GTH title as the #69 car of Stephen Walton and Chris Hart lead teammates Jon Currie and Phil Keen by 55 points. Just 24 points behind Currie and Keen lies the #14 Greystone GT McLaren of Philip Carter and Michael Broadhurst. All three of these teams have made solid improvements over the season and it won’t be easy for the #69 to hold onto the crown.

Group GTH sees a few invitational entries of its own as Racelab return with Callum Davies and Sai Sanjay in their McLaren Artura GT4 and RAM Racing’s Charles Dawson and Seb Morris make another GT Cup start. Also rejoining the grid after a successful first outing at Donington Park is the 24-7 Motorsport run Lotus Emira for the Formula Woman project. Alanna Carter and Sara Misir made good improvements during their track time at Donington and will be looking for more of the same here in Norfolk.

Talking of Morpheus Racing, they’re also in the hunt for the Teams Championship. Just 46.5 points behind Orange Racing powered by JMH, some good results could see them snag the title from their rivals.

Our Sporting Challenge – the title open only to those with purely Sporting driver lineups, is also still up for grabs. Currently leading the way is Woodrow Motorsport’s Chris Murphy showing that consistency in this game is key. Just 15 points behind though sits Charlotte Gilbert and Gilbert Yates of Topcats Racing, while Stephen Walton and Chris Hart are a further 9 points back. This is the closest of our remaining titles!

The Sprint Challenge was sewn up last time out at Donington Park with Kendall Developments’ Paul Bailey and Ross Wylie claiming the crown.

Track action kicks off on Saturday morning with free practice at 9.30am. All four races will be broadcast live on Facebook, and live text coverage will be available on Twitter throughout the event.

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