The fight for the Vertu MINI CHALLENGE heads for Snetterton this weekend for the third meeting of the season and what promises to be a busy weekend with no fewer than four races taking place across the two days.

As well as the three rounds already scheduled to take place, Snetterton will host the race that was cancelled due to a poor weather conditions at Donington Park, leaving teams and drivers with a packed schedule to contend with and making staying out of trouble more important than ever given the limited time between on-track sessions.

Defending champion Dan Zelos leads the way going into his home event but the EXCELR8 driver hasn’t had it all his own way during the opening two meetings.

Zelos scored wins at both Donington Park and Brands Hatch and has yet to finish lower then second, but only holds a relatively small lead at the top – both before and after dropped scores are taken into consideration.

With plenty of people expected to cheer him on trackside, Zelos will hope to maintain his strong start to the campaign, most notably in the first of Sunday’s races which will be his 100th in the series.

Part of the reason why Zelos hasn’t been able to build too much of a lead has been the early season form of Lewis Selby, with the NAPA Racing UK driver having been one of the surprise packages of the opening rounds.

Having scored victory by the biggest winning margin in series history thanks to an inspired tyre choice at Donington Park, Selby backed it up with a double podium at Brands Hatch to mark himself out as a genuine contender at the front of the field, whilst he also remains the man to beat in the Directors Cup.

Despite a first retirement of the season at Brands Hatch, reigning Cooper champion Tom Ovenden lies third in the standings but is only four points clear of fellow rookie Max Hall after the teenager produced a stunning performance two weeks ago.

Hall qualified on poll for the first time and backed up that Performance with a pair of race wins although drive shaft problems also meant he picked up a second retirement of the campaign. Hall will hope to repeat his front running performance during the weekend ahead at a circuit where he was in Coopers last year.

Jamie Osborne and Nathan Edwards currently round out the top six when dropped scores are taken into account with both drivers having shown strong peace at Brand Hatch two weeks ago but having also failed to finish one of the races.

Dominic Wheatley has outscored the pair before drop scores are taken into account and is chasing his first podium finish of the season this weekend, whilst the top eight is completed by Marlo Cordell.

Cordell endured a weekend to forget at Donington Park during round one after various issues in the two races that were run left him without a finish. However, he battled back in impressive fashion at Brands Hatch with a brace of top three finishes and a lowest result of fourth; results he will be keen to try and at least replicate this weekend,

Nelson King and Josh Porter round out the top ten with King hoping to repeat his win of twelve months ago, and Porter aiming to improve on the best result of fifth so far this year. Outside the top ten, Matt Hammond is facing up to a busy weekend on track with four MINI CHALLENGE races alongside four races in the Radical Cup UK where he is also competing this sea. Bradley Gravett Lydia Walmsley and James Griffith meanwhile will all be chasing three solid points finishes after suffering mixed starts to 2024.

The JCW field for the weekend is rounded out by two newcomers, including former British Touring Car Championship racer Josh Price, who makes his debut with EXCELR8. Price has acquired the car that carried Sam Weller to the title in 2022 and is now set contest the remainder of the season.

JamSport team boss Jamie Going also joins the grid for the weekend at the wheel of the Repsol-backed car raced by Ant Whorton-Eales at Donington Park.