Since joining the championship at its third and fourth rounds at Donington Park in April, the 25-year-old has been a revelation.
• 5 straight podium results (which would have been six had he not received a time penalty in Snetterton’s second race last Sunday)
• 3 fastest laps from the last 4 rounds (=6 bonus points)
• 3 races led out of the last 4 (=3 bonus points)
• 94 points scored in the last 4 races – more than anybody else
Indeed, those 94 points are nine more than championship leader Max Coates (85) has managed across Oulton Park’s and Snetterton’s double-header fixtures and – get this – an astonishing 27 more than second-placed Jack Young (67).
Bond’s win in Snetterton’s first race was, of course, his first in the championship. It also made him the third different winner in 2019 after Coates and Young had had it all their own way in the opening four events.
Furthermore, he is not affected by the s championship's single-dropped-score rule (missing Brands Hatch's opening two rounds gives him two 'zeroes' already). Similarly, Coates and Young both have a zero against their names, each having suffered a retirement (Coates at Donington; Young at Oulton).
It means all three drivers’ scores from here on are ‘true’.
Eight rounds to go – two each at Thruxton, Knockhill, Silverstone and Brands Hatch – and the gap from Bond, now fourth in the standings, to leader Coates is 51 points (215 plays 164). You do the math…
Bond is also now within 22 points of third placed Brett Lidsey which comes down to just 12 when the MRM driver drops his worst score to date – a 10-pointer (seventh place) from Oulton.
However, Lidsey’s own good form this season continued at Snetterton. Two more podiums – a second and a third – mean he has now achieved seven top-three finishes in the ten rounds so far.
He is also one of only two drivers to have scored points in every round to date in 2019; the other Jade Edwards. Currently sixth in the standings, her 100% finishing record means, like Lidsey, she also faces having to drop her worst score – currently eight points (an eighth place) at Donington.
This puts her under pressure from fellow Team HARD driver Ethan Hammerton who, after two tricky events prior to Snetterton, responded well at the Norfolk circuit, his strong pace throughout the weekend rewarded with a maiden podium result with third place in the opening race there.
One final thought for now: every driver still has a mathemtical chance of becoming Champion in 2019! Championship leader Coates has 215 points while there is a total of 224 up for grabs across the remaining eight races.