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FUN CUP ENDURANCE – CROFT – PREVIEW
With four wins from five races, is anyone prepared to bet against UVio/Hofman’s Lotus duo Farquini and Fabio Randaccio making if five wins in the Croft 4hrs this weekend?
DespatchBay Expresses Andy Bicknell and Harry Mailer are the only other winners this season, but are currently 41 points behind after problems last time out at Oulton Park.
MakeHappen’s Stephen Walton/Greg Evans are third in the current points standings, but having now run nearer the sharp end on a regular basis, they are still their seeking first victory.
Team Viking’s Mark Holme/Nick Nunn can never be underestimated. They have had wins and been regular front runners, but had their share of problems too.
New this year but with experience behind the wheel, MJ Tec Gti are fifth in the points. Ex Euro NASCAR and Mini Challenger Scott Jeffs did a couple of Fun Cup races last year, but has been a strong contender sharing with Truck race winner Martin Gibson.
Probably the best improvers this season have been Greenheath, now another possible winner with Caterham racer Gary Bate, and his “assistant” Simon Smith. They were challenging at Oulton until they had an off, but are still sixth in the Championship.
2020 Champions Olympian have gone from expecting to reach the podium, to just wanting to see the flag, such has been their season. Chris Dovell/Kristian Rose and Riley Phillips had a better run last time out, but are still waiting for their slice of luck.
PLR’s Neil Plimmer and Ben Pitch went well at both Anglesey and Oulton, and if they can match that at Croft this weekend, they should be near the front again.
It’s just Sean Cooper and Mike McCollum down to share the Track Focused car this weekend, with Sean back in the seat after missing Oulton due to other team duties.
Nigel Greensall is running his Greensall Motorsport car for Paul/Ryan Lewis, another early casualty at Oulton, while sharing the CCS Media car himself with Bob Tomlinson and Alan Honarmand.
It’s just one car for Enduro Motorsport, but they will be hoping to get further than they did at Oulton to, as Chris Weatherill and Jon Currie were also early casualties.
The Black Widows return to their normal line-up as David “Scrappy” Clark returns to partner Dominic Jackson and Steve Harris, after the BRSSC Operations manager Paul McErlain drove at Oulton.
Stand2’s duo of Martyn Crompton/Warren McKinlay were a new crew this year, but both familiar Fun Cup racers. They have spent most of their time in the top 10, so a podium must be the target before the end of the year.
EDF’s Matt Dorkings and Vlad Vassiliev had their best run at Oulton, so a new target is on the horizon, while at RAW, BTCC racer and Radical man John Macleod are both back after missing Oulton, sharing with Alex Macleod.
GT Radial’s Ellis Hadley has had a number of different co-drivers, some experienced some not. This weekend he has Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 World Champion. A regular racer over the years himself in single seaters and GT’s, but this will be his first Fun Cup experience
Although there are a few absentee’s, we also have two returning crews. Former Champion Chris Hart is back for the first time this season, and has Sports 2000 front runner and experienced Fun Cupper Neil Burroughs sharing. GCI Racing are also back with Craig/Graeme Butterworth sharing with Ian Wood as usual.
Qualifying is at 10.10on Saturday morning for 45 minutes, with the race starting at 14.00. There will be no grid walk this weekend.