The British F3 series heads to Brands Hatch this weekend with a clear championship leader, while a fight for second place is hotly contested between three drivers.
Two wins at the Spa-Francorchamps overseas round has given Linus Lundqvist a 120-point lead over Denmark’s Nicolai Kjaergaard – the Swede has a small mathematical chance of wrapping the title up by Sunday.
Kjaergaard is trailed in second place by Kush Maini (27 point) and Tom Gamble (31) in what is now a race for best of the rest, although has taken only one podium and two retirements from the last six rounds after a difficult two meetings.
If Lundqvist was dominant in Belgium, Gamble was the main threat to the 19-year-old with two second places and a retirement, while also taking pole position to lead the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup for 2018.
The Nottinghamshire teenager must rue the engine issue that stunted his progress from Sunday at Rockingham to the Sunday at Silverstone, before he was allowed to change it.
Like Kjaergaard, Maini is another one to have started brightly but fallen by the wayside as the season wore on. An impressive Silverstone meeting where he could have won two races, he lost 60 points to Lundqvist to effectively end his championship hopes.
Meanwhile, Jamie Caroline won from eighth in race two at Spa on his first F3 weekend, while Billy Monger will be looking to make the podium as he did last time out, debuting the unique “leggy” celebration inspired by Daniel Ricciardo’s “shooey”.
Kirsh Mahadik will be looking to repeat his victory here last year in the F3 series, while Ayrton Simmons will compete in only his second weekend in the series alongside his British F4 commitments.
With Brands Hatch the setting for many a classic race over the years, a new batch of younger driver will be hoping to make their own piece of history this weekend.