15 September 2020
It was a weekend of highs and lows for the Brackley-based outfit last time out in Scotland. Tom Chilton claimed his first BTC Racing podium on the undulating Knockhill circuit, while a consistent performance from Michael Crees saw him extend his lead in the Jack Sears Trophy. Conversely, it was a meeting best forgotten for Josh Cook, with the #66 racer involved in a huge opening race incident and recording two DNFs.
Following an epic rebuild of the #66 Honda Civic Type R, BTC Racing is focused on a return to form and eyeing a maiden 2020 win for the FK8 at the South-West speed bowl.
“I’ve had a win on my last three visits to Thruxton. It’s my home circuit, and I’m comfortable with what to do from the driving perspective heading into the weekend. We know what the car needs to perform around there."
Josh Cook proved himself to be a dominant force here last season, taking commanding race wins on both visits to the circuit, and setting a new racing lap record at his local track. 14-time BTCC race winner, Tom Chilton is yet to claim a victory at the high-speed circuit and is eager to achieve that goal and move further up the standings as the championship roars back into action.
With a 14 point lead at the top of the Jack Sears Trophy standings, Michael Crees has his sights firmly set on breaking into the top ten whilst he edges ever closer to achieving his title aspirations as the 2020 season reaches the mid-way point.
Tom Chilton #3:
“I love Thruxton as it’s the fastest circuit in the UK. I learned how to drive there when I was 13 so I know the circuit very well. I’ve never won at Thruxton though. It’s the only BTCC track where I’ve never taken a win. Both times I’ve been leading races there, I’ve had punctures. So I’m really hoping that in a Honda I’ve got the best chance of winning.
“We’ve made some changes from Knockhill to suit the fast and bumpy nature of the track. We’ve also got 24kg of success ballast to contend with this weekend, as well as the hard tyre. I need to unlock some more pace in the car, and I think that we’re on the right path to achieving that. The FK8 was really quick there last year I’m hopeful of big things this weekend.”
Josh Cook #66:
“I’ve had a win on my last three visits to Thruxton. It’s my home circuit, and I’m comfortable with what to do from the driving perspective heading into the weekend. We know what the car needs to perform around there.
“You always go to circuit confidently when you have a good record there, but we still need to knuckle down and do a good job, especially on Saturday to get into a good position for race day. We know what worked last year, we’re more confident with what we need to do. We just need to have a good race one and move forward from there.”
Michael Crees #777:
“I had a solid weekend at Knockhill. To be fair we haven’t had the rub of the green so far this season, so it must be our turn next. The car has a strong track record at Thruxton, and I know what I need to do to go forward. I’m hoping to carry on moving up the grid. I think I’m good enough, and the car is fast enough for a top ten result.
“My focus is still on the Jack Sears Trophy. I want to win that this weekend, keep banking those points and extend my lead at the top of standings.”
Rounds 13, 14, and 15 of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season get underway at Thruxton Racing Circuit, on September 19-20. Live coverage of Sunday’s (September 20) events will be shown on ITV2 and via the ITVhub from 11.10 – 18:45; with itv.com/btcc featuring live timing and streaming of Saturday’s (September 19) qualifying session from 15.20.
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