It's either Herbert taking title #3 or Harding claiming his first championship, so place your bets! - Photo: Jon Elsey

We know we say it every year, but it really is incredible that yet again the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup goes down to the final weekend of the season as Donington Park plays host to the championship’s second visit of the year after their rounds on the GP circuit back in August.

So, let’s assess the points situation heading to the final rounds – double defending champion Luke Herbert has the task of becoming a triple champion ahead of him and a 10 point lead to defend from main rival Jack Harding. Between the pair of them, they have picked up 13 wins out of the 21 run so far, with Herbert having taken 7 for himself over Harding’s tally of 6 and both will be under pressure to be on their A game to seal the deal. Harding’s motivation will simply be to gain the crown he’s coveted for the last three years, yet always lost out on at the final hurdle. For him, only getting lucky at his fourth attempt will be satisfying, but in an ideal situation he will have to win all three races with the fastest lap to at least outscore Herbert by 12 points and steal the title from under his nose. Whether or not the dream scenario becomes a reality is another matter entirely.

Even though his chance for the title is somewhat slim, Aidan Hills has been a force of his own throughout the season, having taken six wins throughout 2019 including three in the previous two meetings. The former Rookie of the Year from 2017 has really come into his own in the past couple of seasons and has proven to be the equal of Herbert and Harding in terms of pace. He could certainly spring a surprise or two, but his gap to leader Herbert is 40 points, so he would need a minor miracle to come out on top. It’s not impossible, but it’s going to a real challenge.

As for best of the rest, that mantle is sure to be taken up by Patrick Fletcher, the former Clio 182 Championship racer that has adapted from front to rear wheel drive exceptionally quickly and incredibly well. Sitting comfortably in 4th in the standings, Fletcher has been a constant presence in the top 5 all year since the start of the campaign, however he’s just fallen short of his first podium to this point with 4th place being his best finish to date. Garry Townsend leads the Masters standings as well as sitting in 5th overall and has certainly shown flashes of pace over the season, including benefitting from a reverse grid pole or two. David Henderson, Nick Rutter, Will Stephenson, George Grant and Bradley Kent are other regulars back for the season finale too.

As for newcomers and returnees, Simon Baldwin reappears on the grid this weekend, while Declan Lee looks set to make his first SuperCup start after a season learning the ropes in Super Series. Former double Masters champion Ray Worley will also be in action, plus James Cossins looks set to make his second appearance in Aidan Hills’ brand new hire car that saw James perform impressively on his debut. Newcomer Peter Weaver completes the entry, adding yet another new name to the vast list of drivers to line up on a SuperCup grid. Best of luck!

Scott Woodwiss

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