The battle at the top of Autosport’s National Driver Rankings has got even closer with a new second-placed driver after last weekend’s action
Gary Prebble, Cam Jackson and Lewis Saunders have held the top three places in Autosport’s National Driver Rankings for almost a month, but now Marcus Clutton has split that trio.
Three wins in the Radical Challenge at Snetterton last weekend not only provisionally handed Clutton the championship but also meant he rose from seventh in the rankings to second, tied on 11 wins with leader Prebble.
Clutton has been dominant during the Radical campaign, taking nine wins and whenever he hasn’t won, he has finished second. That consistency, combined with a couple of wins in a Lamborghini Huracan in the GT Cup, has propelled him up the leaderboard.
The only other change among the top 20 places after last weekend’s UK racing was Clio 182 driver Ryan Polley rising from outside of the best 50 to 19th place.
The reigning champion grabbed another two wins at Mallory Park to take his tally to six this season, while fellow 750 Motor Club competitor Dan Thackeray also took a double victory in the Type R Trophy to rise to 22nd.
Ex-British Touring Car racer Jeff Smith was another to gain places, moving to 24th from 39th after taking a Mini Se7ens win at Castle Combe. The second day of the meeting was rained off, preventing him from rising further.
Tom Golding was another who had the potential to move up the rankings but the provisional Ginetta G40 Cup champion opted to sit out the Snetterton finale to protect his points lead – had he taken another hat-trick, he would’ve beaten Prebble to top spot.
In Golding’s absence, Giles Dawson took two victories and that means he is now 29th.
Autosport’s most successful national racers so far in 2020
|Pos||Driver (Car)||Overall wins||Class wins||Total|
|1||Gary Prebble (Honda Civic/SEAT Leon Cupra 20v T)||11||0||11|
|2||Marcus Clutton (Radical SR3 RSX/Lamborghini Huracan GT3)||11||0||11|
|3||Cam Jackson (Van Diemen RF80/Brabham BT2/ March 709)||10||0||10|
|4||Lewis Saunders (Citroen Saxo VTR)||10||0||10|
|5||Tom Golding (Ginetta G40 Cup)||9||0||9|
|6||Lucky Khera (Ferrari 488 Challenge/BMW M3 E46)||8||1||9|
|7||Harry Senior (Caterham Sigmax)||8||0||8|
|8||Harry King (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)||8||0||8|
|9||Dave Griffin (BMW E36 M3)||3||5||8|
|10||John Byrne (Caterham 420R)||7||0||7|
|11||Bailey Voisin (Ginetta G40 Junior)||7||0||7|
|12||Josh Malin (Ginetta G40 GT5)||7||0||7|
|13||Paul Brydon (Solution F BMW M3)||7||0||7|
|14||Stephen Docker (Ginetta G40 GRDC)||0||7||7|
|15||Andy Southcott (MG Midget Spaceframe)||6||0||6|
|16||James Harridge (Maverick Vee)||6||0||6|
|17||Michael Pensavalle (BMW M3 E46)||6||0||6|
|18||Luke Cooper (Swift SC18)||6||0||6|
|19||Ryan Polley (Renault Clio 182)||6||0||6|
|20=||Tim Mogridge (Ferrari F355 Challenge)||6||0||6|
|20=||Richard Wildman (MG Midget)||6||0||6|
|22||Dan Thackeray (Honda Civic Type R)||6||0||6|
|23||Ben Short (Mazda MX-5 Mk1)||5||1||6|
|24||Jeff Smith (Mini Se7en/Austin Mini Cooper S)||4||2||6|
|25||Mark Stewart (Ford Fiesta Zetec)||0||6||6|
|26||Phil Jenkins (Caterham 420R)||5||0||5|
|27||Andy Hiley (Chronos HR1S)||5||0||5|
|28||Luke Herbert (Mazda MX-5 Mk3)||5||0||5|
|29||Giles Dawson (Ginetta G40 Cup)||5||0||5|
|30||Mark Holme (Austin-Healey 3000 Mk2/VW Fun Cup)||5||0||5|
|31||Fergus Campbell (MG ZR 170)||5||0||5|
|32=||Michael Igoe (Lamborghini Huracan GT3)||5||0||5|
|32=||Michael Gibbins (MCR S2000)||5||0||5|
|32=||Jonathan Browne (Ray GR18)||5||0||5|
|35||Pierre Livingston (Merlyn Mk20A)||5||0||5|
|36||Kaylen Frederick (Tatuus F4-TO14)||5||0||5|
|37||Luke Browning (Mygale M14-F4)||5||0||5|
|38||Zak O’Sullivan (Mygale M14-F4)||5||0||5|
|39||Gerard O’Connell (SHP Escort)||5||0||5|
|40||Oliver Bull (Vauxhall Tigra Silhouette)||5||0||5|
|41||Geoff Richardson (Legend)||5||0||5|
|42||James Card (BMW E46 M3)||4||1||5|
|43||Benn Tilley (March 743)||4||1||5|
|44||Shane Murphy (SEAT Leon)||4||1||5|
|45||Joe Ferguson (Austin Mini Cooper S)||3||2||5|
|46||Shaun Traynor (Toyota MR2 Roadster)||2||3||5|
|47||William Heslop (Ford Fiesta ST/Honda Civic)||2||3||5|
|48||Nick Gwinnett (Renault Clio)||2||3||5|
|49||Connor O’Brien (Mini Se7en S)||0||5||5|
|50||Andrew Bourke (Alfa Romeo 156)||0||5||5|
All car races in UK and Ireland are included except qualification/repechage, consolation and handicap races. No races in other countries. Class wins are only counted when there are at least six starters in the class.
Only classes divided by car characteristics are included. Classes divided by driver characteristics such as ability, professional status, age, experience (for example rookie or pro-am classes) are not included.
Where there is a tie, overall wins take precedence. Where there is still a tie, average grid size for a driver’s wins determines the order.