DYLAN HOTCHIN BIDS TO RETAIN JCW SPORT ADVANTAGE

The biggest field yet for the JCW Sport class will do battle this weekend when the Vertu MINI CHALLENGE heads for Snetterton for the third meeting of the campaign.

Six cars will contest the three races planned for the Norfolk circuit, four of which should also appear on track on Saturday for the race rescheduled from Donington Park.

Former single-seater racer Dylan Hotchin continues to lead the way in the standings with five races run, having scored three wins thus far for the JamSport Racing squad.

Hotchin bagged a double win at Brands Hatch last time out but a turbo boost issue in race three saw his winning run come to an end as he was left to nurse his car to the flag to score fourth placed points.

Before dropped points are taken into account, team-mate Ben Crossley is Hotchin’s closest rival in the points, having maintained his consistent start to the campaign two weeks ago in Kent.

Although yet to make it onto the top step, Crossley made it four podium finishes out of five and came within half a second of his maiden victory in the final race of the weekend what was arguably his most competitive performance to date.

Crossley’s podium run only ended due to a penalty handed out for contact with Cameron Richardson in the second race of the weekend, which demoted him from third in class down to fourth.

NAPA Racing man Richardson sits third before dropped scores are taken into consideration, but is ahead of Crossley when they added into the equation – largely because of the fact that a failure to finish race one at Brands Hatch means he is dropping few points than his rival.

Richardson was also the man who headed Crossley to the line in the final race of the weekend last time out for his second victory of the campaign, and will hope to close the gap to Hotchin during the weekend ahead.

The top four is rounded out by Chris MacKenzie, with the Bitcoin Racing driver having made his class debut at Brands Hatch after starting the season in a full-blown JCW machine.

MacKenzie was quickly up to speed in the car, which is more familiar to those he has raced before thanks to the H-pattern gearbox being used, and picked up a second place finish and two thirds on his first weekend.

It could have been more however had he not run wide off track whilst leading the class in race two, and he will be keen to try and make amends for that and challenge once again for the top step of the podium.

The man to beat could yet be the driver with the fewest points to his name in the shape of MINI CHALLENGE Scholarship winner Albert Webster.

The JRW Motorsport driver bagged pole for the opening meeting of the season but then rolled out of the lead in dramatic fashion – putting him out of the remainder of the weekend and also forcing him to miss Brands Hatch due to the fact that concussion rules require a three-week break from action.

Having been the man to beat in every session prior to his accident, Webster will be chasing three top results to try and gain ground on his rivals – even though he is very much playing catch-up already with only five races completed.

Alongside the five cars eligible for points, the Sustainable Fuel Development car will also be out in action once again as an Invitational entry with Roan Lundy making his debut behind the wheel.

Lundy is competing this season in the Miata Trophy and sits seventh in the standings, having grabbed a best finish of fifth at Brands Hatch during the support races for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe.

Like Hannah Chapman and Scott Lear before, Lundy will not be eligible for points or trophies this weekend, with his car outside the championship regulations due to the development fuel being used.