08/10/2019

Advantage Team HARD in Entrants Trophy battle heading to Brands Hatch finale

The fight for the Renault UK Clio Cup’s Entrants Trophy (teams) will be decided between Team HARD and MRM in this coming weekend’s season finale on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
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Kent based Team HARD is the favourite to take the title at its home circuit – it currently holds a 65-point advantage over MRM with a possible 94 to be had from the two races.

Teams’ points tallies are the combined scores of their highest placed two drivers in each race, meaning a maximum of 47 per race is achievable (25 for first and 22 for second).

Both Team HARD and MRM have managed this twice so far in 2019.

MRM was the first to do when it took back-to-back 1-2 results in Donington Park'a rounds back in April (Jack Young leading home Brett Lidsey in both races).

At the time it moved MRM into the lead of the Entrants Trophy standings, but Team HARD has gradually recovered and its 1-2 results – Max Coates ahead of Jamie Bond at Oulton Park and, later, Ethan Hammerton ahead of Bond at Thruxton – have helped it move clear at the top.

Even though Team HARD lost lead driver Coates in Silverstone’s most recent round it was still able to slightly extend its lead – in spite of MRM’s Young taking the win in the race.

This was because third and fifth for Hammerton and Bond gave HARD a tally of 36 in the race compared to 33 for MRM – 25 for Young and eight for Tyler Lidsey in eighth (after its other drivers Brett Lidsey and Nathan Edwards retired while challenging for podium results and potentially a further 20 points).

Elsewhere, Young is the favourite to collect the Graduates Cup title for young drivers in their first full season of Clio Cup competition. He holds a 27 points lead over Hammerton with a maximum of 50 on offer (25 per race). Westbourne’s Ben Colburn has an outside chance, some 44 points adrift of Young in third.