17 August 2020
With two race weekends of the campaign completed, the Brackley-based outfit arrives at the Cheshire track looking to get its championship challenge back on track after a testing weekend on the Brands Hatch GP just over a week ago.
Engine woes, mechanical issues, and on-track contact hampered the BTC Racing squad’s progress during the opening two rounds, but the talented trio of Josh Cook, Tom Chilton, and Michael Crees have put past dramas behind them and set their sights on a return to the rostrum.
Renowned as a chassis circuit, the undulating nature of the track, with its tight corners and blind crests has long been a favourite of many drivers. With the Honda Civic Type R having collected plenty of silverware on the Island layout in recent years – and carrying no ballast into qualifying this weekend compared to their main title challengers – Cook, Chilton, and Crees are all confident of a return to front-running form in Cheshire.
“We’ve not enjoyed the best start to our season so far, but we’re looking to put that right this weekend. We have a good race car underneath us; we just need a bit of luck to go with it. "
Tom Chilton #3:
“Oulton Park is one of my favourite circuits on the calendar. I love the undulations there. It’s fast, it’s exciting, and it’s dangerous. It’s right up my street! It’s a good circuit for the Honda and with all the BMWs and Sutton having lots of weight on-board, it should play into our hands in qualifying.
“We need to be quick out of the box on Saturday. We were P2 in FP1 at Brands Hatch, but as the day got hotter we fell down the order. I was robbed of a podium in race 2 then with the power steering failure. I need to right that wrong. My plan is to qualify up at the front and win the first race. That’s what I’m aiming for.”
Josh Cook #66:
“We’ve not enjoyed the best start to our season so far, but we’re looking to put that right this weekend. A number of different things have prevented us from showing our full potential. We have a good race car underneath us; we just need a bit of luck to go with it.
“Podiums are what we need this weekend to make up the gap in the championship. The weather is looking a lot more in our favour, with the temperatures much more manageable. As always, a strong qualifying result will be the key to unlocking a successful weekend. We have the benefit of being free of any ballast, so we need to take advantage of that against the guys at the top of the standings.”
Michael Crees #777:
“The Hondas have always gone well at Oulton Park. It would be nice to be at the sharp end of the grid this weekend. I qualified on the front-row there in the Ginetta the year before last against the Pro runners, so I do like the track. There’s no room for error there though.
“Coming off the back of Brands, looking at my performance and pace, I was good enough for a top ten, if not higher. I’ve just got to string it all together now. If the Honda performs how we expect it to, then we should be right up there in the mix.”
Rounds 7, 8, and 9 of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season get underway on Oulton Park’s Island circuit, on August 22-23. Live coverage of Sunday’s (August 23) events will be shown on ITV4, ITV4HD and via the ITVhub from 11.50 – 18:35; with itv.com/btcc featuring live timing and streaming of Saturday’s (August 22) qualifying session from 15.20.