Autosport’s National Driver Rankings are back for 2020 – National

As the latest part of our 70th anniversary celebrations, we are reintroducing Autosport’s National Driver Rankings from years gone by, looking at the most successful club racers in 2020.

Since the early 1980s, Autosport has occasionally produced ‘Golden Helmet’ winners’ tables from a season of racing in the UK and Ireland. This year we’re bringing it back, and will be bringing you weekly updates.

The last time we produced the rankings, back in 2014, Legends racer Dean Brace came out on top having triumphed 23 times over the course of the season. Other winners in the 2010s include current Honda British Touring Car ace Dan Cammish (dominating British Formula Ford in 2013) and Mazda MX-5 master Tom Roche.

The premise is simple: a win is a win. No algorithms. No nonsense. So a victory in a Ford Fiesta race at Mondello Park is equal to Lewis Hamilton’s success in the British Grand Prix.

Class wins also count in the same way, although an overall win takes precedence when there is a tie, and there must be a minimum of six starters in a class for that victory to be counted.

We’re also ruling out class structures based on driver ability or levels of experience (see explanatory notes below the table).

Where there is a tie on wins, the average grid size for each driver’s wins will determine the order – better to be winning races in a 30-car championship than a 12-car one.

After two months of the coronavirus-delayed 2020 season, it is Junior Saloons ace Lewis Saunders who is leading the way on 10 wins. The series has already managed to run five events as part of a condensed schedule and the 2018 champion has been in imperious form, remaining unbeaten.

But hot on Saunders’ heels is Castle Combe’s most successful driver in terms of race victories: Gary Prebble. He has taken nine wins so far across the Castle Combe Racing Club’s Hot Hatch and Saloon competitions to make him another frontrunner.

Other leading contenders include Cam Jackson, the double Historic Formula Ford champion who has made a blistering start to the historic racing season by not only triumphing in that series but also in Classic FF1600 and Formula Junior, along with Lucky Khera – a victor in both BMW and Ferrari machinery.

Autosport’s most successful national racers so far in 2020

Pos Driver (Car) Overall wins Class wins Total
1 Lewis Saunders (Citroen Saxo VTR) 10 0 10
2 Gary Prebble (Honda Civic/SEAT Leon Cupra 20v T) 9 0 9
3 Cam Jackson (Brabham BT2/Van Diemen RF80/March 709) 8 0 8
4 Lucky Khera (Ferrari 488 Challenge/BMW M3 E46) 6 1 7
5 Stephen Docker (Ginetta G40 GRDC) 0 7 7
6 Tom Golding (Ginetta G40 Cup) 6 0 6
7 Harry Senior (Caterham Sigmax) 6 0 6
8 Harry King (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 6 0 6
9 Tim Mogridge (Ferrari F355 Challenge) 6 0 6
10 John Byrne (Caterham 420R) 5 0 5
11 Luke Cooper (Swift SC18) 5 0 5
12 Fergus Campbell (MG ZR 170) 5 0 5
13 Michael Igoe (Lamborghini Huracan GT3) 5 0 5
14= Paul Brydon (Solution F BMW M3) 5 0 5
14= Luke Browning (Mygale M14-F4) 5 0 5
16 James Card (BMW E46 M3) 4 1 5
17 Joe Ferguson (Austin Mini Cooper S) 3 2 5
18 Nick Gwinnett (Renault Clio) 2 3 5
19 Phil Jenkins (Caterham 420R) 4 0 4
20 Aaron Smith (Mini Miglia) 4 0 4
21 Joe Wiggin (Mazda MX-5 Mk1) 4 0 4
22 James Harridge (Maverick Vee) 4 0 4
23 Ash Sutton (Infiniti Q50) 4 0 4
24 Dan Clowes (Jedi Mk6/7) 4 0 4
25 Marcus Clutton (Radical SR3 RSX/Lamborghini Huracan GT3) 4 0 4
26 Bailey Voisin (Ginetta G40 Junior) 4 0 4
27 Andy Southcott (MG Midget Spaceframe) 4 0 4
28 Patrick Blakeney-Edwards (Rover SD1/Frazer Nash Super Sports) 4 0 4
29 Sam Kirkpatrick (MG ZR 190) 4 0 4
30 Josh Malin (Ginetta G40 GT5) 4 0 4
31 Zak O’Sullivan (Mygale M14-F4) 4 0 4
32 Gerard O’Connell (SHP Escort) 4 0 4
33 Peter Bove (Darvi 88 P) 4 0 4
34 Dan Thackeray (Honda Civic Type R) 4 0 4
35 Ben Short (Mazda MX-5 Mk1) 3 1 4
36 Shaun Traynor (Toyota MR2 Roadster) 2 2 4
37 William Heslop (Ford Fiesta ST/Honda Civic) 2 2 4
38 Tom Bell (Austin Mini Cooper S) 2 2 4
39 James McCall (Caterham Sigma 135) 0 4 4
40 Mark Stewart (Ford Fiesta Zetec) 0 4 4
41 Michael Chen (Radical SR3) 0 4 4
42 David Drinkwater (BMW Compact) 0 4 4
43 Shaun Goverd (Peugeot 106 GTi) 0 4 4
44 Henry Heaton (Caterham Sigma 150) 3 0 3
45 Harry Cook (Caterham 270R) 3 0 3
46 Andy Hiley (Chronos HR1S) 3 0 3
47= Luke Herbert (Mazda MX-5 Mk3) 3 0 3
47= Ray Harris (Ginetta G40) 3 0 3
49 Giles Dawson (Ginetta G40 Cup) 3 0 3
50 Murray Shepherd (Locost) 3 0 3

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.

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