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BTC RACING TARGETING SILVERWARE AS THE BTCC RACES NORTH

TEAM NEWS

07 October 2020

The BTC Racing Team travels to North Yorkshire’s Croft Circuit this coming weekend (10-11 October) targeting more silverware and success as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season speeds towards the crescendo of its 2020 season.

A quartet of top-ten finishes for the squad last time out at its home circuit Silverstone saw Tom Chilton and Josh Cook collect a solid haul of points for the team’s championship campaign. Regrettably, it was a weekend to forget for their Clever Baggers with BTC Racing team-mate Michael Crees who was hit with a series of unfortunate incidents resulting in three DNF’s for the #777 Honda.

With the BTC Racing crew working around the clock over the past few weeks to overcome the mechanical and engine gremlins that have plagued the Brackley-based outfit’s 2020 title challenge, Chilton and Cook head into the weekend with a determined focus on a rostrum return.

 

“Getting a double podium there last year was the highlight of my season. So I’m expecting good things this weekend in the Honda, and looking to add to my Yorkshire silverware tally!”

Crees’ attention meanwhile is fully locked-in on claiming the Jack Sears Trophy honours on the former airfield, with the aim of retaking the championship lead as the BTCC heads into the business end of the season.

Croft holds special memories for Joint Team Principal Bert Taylor, with the team celebrating its maiden BTCC victory at the North Yorkshire circuit during a thrilling weekend finale back in 2018. With all three BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R FK8s heading into the seventh meeting of the year free of any ballast, Cook, Chilton, and Crees, are all eager to reclaim the competitive form seen at Thruxton.

Tom Chilton #3:

“Croft has been a very happy hunting ground for me in recent years. Over the past two seasons, I’ve stood on every step of the podium collecting trophies.

“Getting a double podium there last year was the highlight of my season. So I’m expecting good things this weekend in the Honda, and looking to add to my Yorkshire silverware tally!”

Josh Cook #66:

“We went well at Croft last year, and we’re going there with no weight again this time. The guys have been working hard, and we’re looking to add to the wins tally. I’m hoping for another weekend like Oulton. Wet weather would help us for sure.

“It’s a less power orientated track. There are a lot more corners to make time back up on, so we can fight back with the strong chassis package that we have. It’s always been a rear-wheel-drive circuit, but since it was resurfaced a couple of years ago, it’s not quite as hard on the tyres which makes it a little better for front-wheel-drive cars. I’m expecting the BMWs and Infinity to be right at the sharp end again but we should be able to have some fun and be in the mix.”

Michael Crees #777:

“I’m looking forward to getting back out on track and putting the disaster of Silverstone behind us, try and get back on top stop and retake the lead of the Jack Sears Trophy.”

“I think that the rear-wheel-drive cars will be there or thereabouts again this weekend as always. But I do think that we’ve got a good chance with the Honda. The team have worked so hard since Silverstone. They’ve changed everything on the car. They’ve rebuilt the whole engine, and I think we’ll be in a good position. As long as I finish ahead of Thompson I’ll be happy. My focus now is 100% on the Jack Sears Trophy.”

Rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season get underway on Croft circuit, on October 10-11. Live coverage of Sunday’s (October 10) events will be shown on ITV4, ITV4HD and via the ITVhub from 11.30 – 18:05; with itv.com/btcc featuring live timing and streaming of Saturday’s (October 11)  qualifying session from 14.50.

For live timing, trackside commentary and exclusive team interviews across the weekend, please head to btcracingline.co.uk