Dylan Thomas has a commanding lead in the Class A Club Championship with only two rounds to go in the 2015 Shaw Vineyards New South Wales Production Touring Car Championship, but only enjoys a 9-point advantage in the State Championship, as it enters the penultimate round of 2015 this weekend.
Thomas smashed the competition in the last outing at Wakefield Park, winning the one-hour enduro by more than a lap from Daniel Oosthuizen, who is his nearest competitor after three rounds.
Thomas has four race wins so far in the 2015 State Championship, and another in the Club Championship round at the Bathurst Motor Festival.
With four races left, the CXC Global racer needs to remain consistent if he is to wrap up the State Championship title, because with Oosthuizen just nine points away, one retirement will change the complexity of the title fight.
Thankfully, reliability is one thing on Thomas’ side – the Mitsubishi Evo has finished every race it’s started in Production Touring so far in 2015.
Thomas will head a 31-car field at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, which is the biggest turn out for the championship since the Bathurst event at Easter.
As has been the case during the other endurance races this season, Thomas will drive solo, but looking further ahead, he’s already begun preparations for the 2016 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, which will be held on March 27.
The Sydneysider will team up with Bathurst racer Terry Nightingale for the event, and, like every other round of the Shaw Vineyards NSW Production Touring Car Championship, the #68 will be an outright contender.
It’s been an outstanding season so far for the man in the CXC Global machine. In May, he teamed up with Nick Foster, to win the second Carrera Cup race at the Shannons Nationals meeting at Phillip Island.
Thomas will be on double-duty at Sydney Motorsport Park, as he’ll also be racing in the final round of the 2015 NSW Formula Vee Championship, which doubles as the last round of the Australian Championship for 2015.
Thomas is also the defending champion at state level in Formula Vee, but it’s unlikely he’ll repeat the success of 2014 this season.
He claimed victories in all three Formula Vee Races at Wakefield Park last month, and will be looking to do the same in Sydney, but it won’t be an easy task, as he’ll have to fight off the likes of Michael Kinsella and Ryan Reynolds, who have been the two to beat at state level in 2015, as well as the top drivers in the category at national level.
It’s sure to be one entertaining, but demanding weekend for the CXC Global racer.