National Driver Rankings: Prebble snatches top spot in final standings

Gary Prebble has snatched top spot in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after the final weekend of UK circuit racing in 2020

National Driver Rankings: Prebble snatches top spot in final standings

Prebble took first place from Classic Formula Ford and Formula Junior champion Cam Jackson after taking two Hot Hatch victories during the 750 Motor Club's rearranged Donington Park meeting last weekend.

Both drivers finished tied on 15 wins after the condensed season of racing - with both totals having only come from overall triumphs - but Combe ace Prebble narrowly gets top spot as the average number of starters for his victories was fractionally higher than for Jackson's.

But, had the Hot Hatch entry for the 750MC meeting last weekend been slightly lower, then Jackson would have secured the crown.

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Prebble was not the only driver to rise up the leaderboard after the busy 750MC event. Michael Pensavalle (below) registered his ninth triumph of the year to take 12th spot in the final rankings, having won in both the BMW Car Club Racing and Kumho BMW categories this season.

He finishes one place higher than multiple Toyota MR2 champion Shaun Traynor - who leapt up from 34th to 13th in the winners' table after another two class triumphs at Donington.

Traynor switched from the popular Mk2 model to the less fancied Mk3 Roadster machine for 2020 and still took two overall victories, while the rest of his tally came from class wins.

Also on the move was Murray Shepherd, who secured the Locost title at a wet Donington. His title glory was aided by a victory in the opening race, which meant he jumped up from 31st to 17th.

Two other 750MC champions moved into the top 50 after further victories at Donington. David Drinkwater successfully defended his overall Hot Hatch crown, scoring seven victories along the way in Class C, to take 36th place. He ended the year just ahead of new MR2 champion Aaron Cooke, who sealed the title with a double Donington win that promoted him to 38th.

The 750MC meeting was not the only club racing event to be held in December. MotorSport Vision Racing ran a one-day fixture at Donington the previous weekend but the top 50 drivers did not change following the results of this.

The traditional Plum Pudding meeting at Mallory Park on Boxing Day has been cancelled for this year, amid coronavirus restrictions on spectators, meaning the 2020 circuit racing season is now complete and the final winners' table has been assembled.

Autosport's most successful national racers in 2020

Pos Driver (Car) Overall wins Class wins Total
1 Gary Prebble (Honda Civic/SEAT Leon Cupra 20v T) 15 0 15
2 Cam Jackson (Brabham BT2/Van Diemen RF80/March 709) 15 0 15
3 Marcus Clutton (Radical SR3 RSX/Lamborghini Huracan GT3/Mercedes-AMG GT4) 13 1 14
4 Harry King (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 12 0 12
5 Lucky Khera (Ferrari 488 Challenge/BMW M3 E46) 11 1 12
6 Harry Senior (Caterham Sigmax) 10 0 10
7 Lewis Saunders (Citroen Saxo VTR) 10 0 10
8 Neil Maclennan (Spectrum KMR) 9 0 9
9 Tom Golding (Ginetta G40 Cup) 9 0 9
10 Kaylen Frederick (Tatuus F4-TO14) 9 0 9
11 Zak O'Sullivan (Mygale M14-F4) 9 0 9
12 Michael Pensavalle (BMW M3 E46) 8 1 9
13 Shaun Traynor (Toyota MR2 Roadster) 2 7 9
14 John Byrne (Caterham 420R) 8 0 8
15 Paul Brydon (Solution F BMW M3) 8 0 8
16 Joseph Loake (Ford Fiesta ST) 8 0 8
17 Murray Shepherd (Locost/Van Diemen RF82) 6 2 8
18 Dave Griffin (BMW E36 M3) 3 5 8
19 Connor O'Brien (Mini Se7en S) 0 8 8
20 Phil Jenkins (Caterham 420R) 7 0 7
21 Andy Hiley (Chronos HR1S) 7 0 7
22 James Harridge (Maverick Vee) 7 0 7
23 Andy Southcott (MG Midget Spaceframe) 7 0 7
24 Michael Gibbins (MCR S2000) 7 0 7
25 Jonathan Browne (Ray GR18) 7 0 7
26 Bailey Voisin (Ginetta G40 Junior) 7 0 7
27 Josh Malin (Ginetta G40 GT5) 7 0 7
28 Tim Mogridge (Ferrari F355 Challenge) 7 0 7
29 Luke Browning (Mygale M14-F4) 7 0 7
30 James Dorlin (Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport) 7 0 7
31 James Card (BMW E46 M3) 6 1 7
32 Shane Murphy (SEAT Leon) 6 1 7
33 Jeff Smith (Mini Se7en/Austin Mini Cooper S) 5 2 7
34 William Heslop (Ford Fiesta ST/Honda Civic) 4 3 7
35 Stephen Docker (Ginetta G40 GRDC) 0 7 7
36 David Drinkwater (BMW Compact) 0 7 7
37 Andrew Bourke (Alfa Romeo 156) 0 7 7
38 Aaron Cooke (Toyota MR2 Mk2) 6 0 6
39 Dan Clowes (Jedi Mk6/7) 6 0 6
40 Rod Birley (Honda Integra/Ford Escort WRC) 6 0 6
41 Fergus Campbell (MG ZR 170) 6 0 6
42 Luke Cooper (Swift SC18) 6 0 6
43 Ryan Polley (Renault Clio 182) 6 0 6
44 John Seale (Lamborghini Huracan GT3) 6 0 6
45 Richard Wildman (MG Midget) 6 0 6
46 Clive Wood (Mallock U2 Mk23) 6 0 6
47= Dan Thackeray (Honda Civic Type R) 6 0 6
47= Geoff Richardson (Legend) 6 0 6
49 Ben Short (Mazda MX-5 Mk1) 5 1 6
50 Rich Webb (Caterham Blackbird/Radical SR3) 4 2 6

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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