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By BSCDA, Jul 13 2017 12:34PM

Northampton plays host to the European Championship this weekend with Dan Johnson defending the title he won last year.

And while the British Grand Prix is taking place at Silverstone just up the road, with 55 F1 stock cars currently booked in to compete over the weekend, plus the BriSCA F2s and Rebels battling for their European titles, it promises to be a spectacular two days of bumper action.

Favourite for the title is Nigel Green, who has proved the man to beat on Tarmac this season, with five of his six final victories coming on the surface.

Despite his dominance, however, Green has yet to win a major title during his four-year F1 stock car career. He has come close, finishing second in the European last year, as well as finishing runner-up in the National Points Championship Shootout.

With the race format changing this year, the Bruntingthorpe driver will have an outstanding chance of rectifying that omission to his racing CV. In previous years the race was the first event on Sunday’s card with drivers lining up in graded order.

However, this year for the first time, the results from Saturday evening, plus the heats and consolation on Sunday will count towards the 32-car grid, with the driver with the highest points total starting from pole position, with no grades and a closed grid.

The Dutch contingent will automatically qualify for rows three and six, unless their overall points tally determines a higher grid position.

Green believes the change in format is the right way to go. “I think that’s better, personally,” said Green. “I think drivers will be happier with that and the first corner might be a bit more entertaining.

“We’ll see how it goes. It’s a one-off race and anything can happen and I don’t like the roof colour if I’m honest!”

Another driver yet to paint his roof red and yellow is Stuart Smith Jnr. The European is the one of the four major titles he has still to win.

“I’ve come close a few times got second,” said Smith Jnr. “It’s something I want to achieve but if doesn’t happen, I have a few more years to have a go at it.

“In the past it has been a very hard championship to win. I think it needed a revamp to give it a bit more prestige, but I suppose that will only come with time.”

The two-day meeting starts of Saturday at 5pm and includes the BSCDA Trust Fund race open to all star and superstar grade drivers.

In 1976 the Driver's Benevolent Fund was created to help give financial support to drivers who are forced to take time off work through racing injury. This was registered as a Charity in 1984 and became known as the BSCDA Trust Fund. Donations are always welcome to this worthy cause, and can be given at the meeting on Saturday evening during the traditional BSCDA driver’s collection, or directly to the BSCDA via the BSCDA Secretary on

On Sunday the meeting starts at 12 noon, so make sure you get there early!