Following last weekend's Oulton Park washout the IGC Caterham Superlight Challengers are hoping for better weather next weekend (31 Aug/1 Sep) at Snetterton in Norfolk for the eighth round of the championship.

As ever it will be championship leader Barry Horne who will be the man to beat; after five race wins already and an unbeaten qualifying record, the 24-year-old Scotsman holds a 13-point title lead.

But Barry and Team Parker Racing will have to keep the champagne on ice for a while longer - possibly until the Superlight grand finale at October's Brands Hatch Caterham Festival. All 10 rounds of the championship count towards the drivers' scores and, with John Gladman nipping at Barry's heels all the way, Horne cannot afford to relax.

Gladman, last year's vice-champion, has taken one win and five podium placings for the Taran-backed Taylor's Foundry team and is far form ready to give up the fight: "I won at Snetterton last year and I can do it again this time... Barry is not invincible - I came close to beating him at Rockingham and at Oulton and I shall be doing my best again."

Gladman's team-mate Keith Robinson will meanwhile be intent on securing his championship third place as the season draws to a close. Keith holds a slender six-point lead over Team Comma driver Jason Sutherland, the 1999 Caterham Academy winner.

Radicals refugee Mark Owen will be making his IGC Caterham Superlight Challenge debut in Norfolk at the wheel of a car prepared by Sebah Automotive, the team which propelled Bart Hayden to the 1999 Superlight crown.

Meanwhile, Autosport Caterham Eurocup frontrunner Simon Crompton will be making his second appearance in the UK series with his Team Jota car.

The IGC Caterham Superlight Challenge enjoys the backing of Autosport, Mitchell Cotts, MG XPower, Stack, Bilstein, Minister, Arch Motors, Comma and Cooper-Avon Tyres.

Provisional championship placings: 1 Barry Horne (Dunfermline), 136 points; 2 John Gladman (Benfleet), 123; 3 Keith Robinson (Camberley), 90; 4 Jason Sutherland (Caterham), 84; 5 Phil Gladman (London), 72; =6 Paul Kite (Wilmington) & Rob Griffiths (Leeds), 66; 8 Luc Paillard (Sevenoaks), 64; 9 Marcello Romano (London), 62; =10 Matt Kelly (Northampton) & Will Hodges (Northill), 54, etc

Published : 21/08/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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