A mixed bag of results for Paul Streather, Charlie Ladell, Josh Price and Senna Proctor in Snetterton’s and Rockingham’s recent rounds means we suddenly have a mouth-watering tussle for sixth overall in the final championship order to add to the drama.
Thirty-four points cover this quarter with Streather on 215, Ladell and Price then tied on 197 each and Proctor on 181. However that comes down to just 22 when the all-important two-dropped-scores rule is applied…
To explain, Ladell, Price and Proctor already all have two zeros against their names meaning their scores are ‘true’. Streather’s worst two results to date on the other hand are a pair of 15ths (six points each) meaning he currently faces having to drop 12 points from his tally.
Consider then that it would only take a fourth-place result to cover off that 'dropped scores reality' of 22 and it becomes clear that sixth place is very much up for grabs. Indeed there is still a maximum of 136 points to be had in the season’s final four races at Silverstone and then Brands Hatch (four wins, four fastest laps)…
It is also worth looking at how this four-way feud has suddenly come about. Put simply here are the points totals of the four drivers from the last four races at Snetterton and Rockingham: Streather 39 (16 of those in one race); Ladell 51; Price 69 and Proctor 54 (despite a non-finish in race one at Rockingham – his third zero of the season in fact).
Finesse Motorsport’s Streather, the winner of the season’s very first race, has said how determined he is to rediscover his form in the final two events of 2016. For 20-year-old Ladell, sixth position at season’s end would be terrific testament to the work he has put in under the tutelage of three-time Champion Paul Rivett within the WDE Motorsport squad.
The momentum however seems to be with BMR/Pyro pair Price and Proctor who seem glued to one another in terms of pace right now and who have closed in on Streather and Ladell. On a tie-break Price actually takes over seventh spot from Ladell thanks to his better best result to date – a second at Thruxton compared to a third for Ladell at Donington.
There is also an outside chance that this sixth-place scrap could become a five-way fight for fifth should Team Cooksport’s Lee Pattison who holds the position (24 points up the road from Streather) suffer any ill fortune. Likewise that it could be joined by Pyro’s David Dickenson, 25 points off Proctor in tenth and heading to Silverstone off the back of his best result to date (a fourth at Rockingham).
Undoubtedly all six drivers named above will be thinking only of race wins and/or podiums at Silverstone this weekend. But with the season entering its final phase and with the points so close there is definitely honour to be upheld as well as plenty of personal targets to aim for giving us, the fans, yet another fascinating sub-plot to savour.