An enthralling Milltek Civic Cup comes to an end this weekend at Donington Park. The title battle has yet to be concluded, as Bruce Winfield heads into the final round in the driving seat.
Four drivers are still in mathematical contention, with 52 points available over the weekend and the drivers worst result being dropped. As one of the UK’s premier single-make Touring Car series, the final has attracted 15 seasoned competitors with six new Invitation Class runners taking the grid to over 20 cars.
Winfield has so far recorded a win at every weekend so far, being a constant presence within the top two. His domination has not come easy though, battling his way through the order in all three events. He’ll need to demonstrate equal determination if he wants to come home with the title this weekend.
Sitting just 21 points is Alistair Camp. Local to Donington, Camp too has been an almost ever-present face on the podium and will be determined to end the season on a high. Max Lewis’ win at Thruxton came under significant pressure from Winfield and the 30 year old is more than experienced enough to challenge Camp for second in the standings, with the title also still possible.
Joining Camp on 102 points is Paul Taylor. The #195 recorded a second place in the opening race of the year and since has been an ever threat for podiums, one of the series most consistent drivers. Jaime Tonks was another driver who had a strong performance at Silverstone as he looks to battle for top rookie honours with Bradley Lane who makes a return to the series after missing Silverstone.
David Buky will be another driver on form coming into Donington off the back of his first podium of 2020. He, along with George Alp-Williams have recorded fastest laps this year and will aim to hone their skills on the National circuit.
Making a storm during his first meeting of the year was Martin Dalzell. Two top six finishes at Silverstone could make him an outside podium threat on what might be an overcast Sunday.
Ben Mills was another driver who recorded silverware at the wet season opener, returning this weekend in his unique FN2 spec. Sam Barrett and Oliver Barsby also make a welcome return to the series for the final round, while Jon Peerless prepares for his debut in the #46.
The Invitation class will feature a familiar name to the Civic Cup as Ryan Bensley returns after his one-off appearance at Thruxton. Joining him in the class will be a familiar face from 2019; last years champion Lee Deegan, who has spent the year racing in the Mini Miglia’s.
Elsewhere, Compact Cup star Simon Welch is joined by Banbury’s Tony Hunter, former-Civic Cup racer Mervyn Beckett in his striking yellow machine and Type R Trophy regular Mark Hughes.
The invitation class, which can be identified with the yellow band above the windscreen, will feature their trophy and grid, running at a reduced 215bhp, compared to the 230bhp of the Civic Cup.