12 November 2020
Heading into the final three rounds of the shortened 2020 season, Michael Crees leads the Jack Sears Trophy championship, with an eleven-point lead at the top of the standings. The Clever Baggers with BTC Racing driver has secured ten class wins from his campaign so far this year and is determined to achieve his goal of claiming the highly-coveted title on only his second year of competing on the BTCC grid.
With three victories under his belt already from his second consecutive year in the BTC Honda Civic Type R, Josh Cook is hoping for a repeat of last year’s visit to the Indy circuit – where he took the opening win in the season opener in the FK8 – as he looks to sign-off his rollercoaster campaign on a high note.
"We’ll be respectful to the guys that are in the title fight, but we’re there to get the most points that we can for us as a team and to get Michael [Crees] the Jack Sears Title."
Returning to his local track, Reigate-racer Tom Chilton is still chasing down that elusive first win of the season, having joined the Brackley-based outfit for the 2020 title chase. Currently 9th in the standings, the 14-times BTCC race winner is anticipating that the recent engine issues that have thwarted his progress have been put to bed as he eyes a return to the top step.
Tom Chilton #3:
“I feel hard done by that I’ve not had a win yet this year. I’ve put so much effort into everything and we know that our straight-line speed has been nowhere. I’m hoping at Brands this weekend that shouldn’t matter too much.
“I have a really good track record at Brands Hatch. If it’s wet it will help us for sure. I’m hoping that we’ve got to the bottom of the engine issues. It’s so close in the points, that depending on how the weekend goes, I could end the year in 7th or 11th. Fundamentally though, I just want to get that win.”
Josh Cook #66:
“We’re taking a normal approach this weekend really. We want to get some decent results, and some more wins on the board. We’ll be respectful to the guys that are in the title fight, but we’re there to get the most points that we can for us as a team and to get Michael [Crees] the Jack Sears Title. I’ll be doing everything I can to help him.
“It’s going to be a bit different racing there this late in the year. Brands Hatch is always notoriously foggy especially in the winter months, and race 1 is at 10 am. You just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Michael Crees #777:
“It’s a shame that Bobby [Thompson] isn’t going to be there, but Carl Boardley is my main threat for the Jack Sears Trophy now. I’m just going to approach the first two races in the same way I would if it was a normal BTCC weekend. I’ll start thinking about the championship when I’m on the grid for race 3. Depending on how race 1 and 2 go, I just want to focus on them as usual.
“Saturday is going to be important for me. I need to be quick out of the blocks and get into that top 12 and that will put me in the good stead for the races. I’ve got Josh and Tom to back me up if I need them, hopefully, they’ll have my back as well.”
Rounds 25, 26 and 27 of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season take place on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit layout, on November 14-15. Live coverage of Sunday’s (15 November) events will be shown on ITV4 and via the ITVhub from 09.20-16.30; with itv.com/btcc featuring live timing and streaming of Saturday’s (14 November) qualifying session from 12.30.
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