seek to enter summer break on a high

The with Cobra Exhausts team will hope to enter the summer break on a high when the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season reaches the half-way stage this weekend at Croft.

The West Thurrock-based team makes the long trip to North Yorkshire determined to fight for points finishes having shown impressive speed on track during the opening four meetings of the year – even though that speed hasn’t always been reflected in the on-track results.

Tamworth-based Ollie Jackson was particularly impressive last time out at Oulton Park, with his Audi S3 showing top ten pace across race day as he raced to his third points finish of the season.

Ollie also made up the most places of any Independent driver on the grid as he battled back from being punted off on the opening lap of race two, and heads to Croft eager to make the most of the ever improving Audi to fight inside the top 15.

“I think we head to Croft in the best position we’ve been in yet with the Audi,” he said. “We made a lot of changes to the car last time out at Oulton Park that were reflected in the pace we showed there, and I’m confident that we can carry that pace into the weekend ahead.

“Croft is a circuit that should suit the car and there is no reason why we can’t be right in the mix for strong points going into the summer break. The points at the moment aren’t really a fair reflection of where we stand, as we haven’t had that one single result that some of the others have had.

“Hopefully that will change this weekend and we’ll have a little more luck on our side to secure the kind of results that our pace deserves.”

Team-mate Ant Whorton-Eales also showed encouraging speed once again in Cheshire in the sister Audi, although the Lichfield racer was left on the back foot from the moment he was forced off track on the opening lap of race one.

The reigning Clio Cup UK champion had earlier qualified inside the top 20 for the second successive meeting and will be keen to see his fortunes improve as his debut campaign reaches the mid-point stage.

“Luck really hasn’t been on my side in the last few rounds, but hopefully our run of misfortune is now behind us,” he said. “Even when things haven’t gone to plan, we’ve still show that we have a quick car and hopefully when we get to Croft, we can have a trouble-free weekend to really make the most of it.

“Ahead of the weekend we’ve been working hard to further improve the car and have made a few big changes that will hopefully improve our performance at Croft, so I’m excited about getting out on track to see what impact those changes have.”

Team boss Shaun Hollamby expressed confidence that both drivers can challenge for points this weekend to allow to go into the summer on a high.

“The pace we showed at Oulton Park was very encouraging, and we have to look to build on that when we get to Croft,” he said. “Although that race pace was strong, we know we still have work to do in qualifying which is something we will focus on when we hit the track, but I’m confident that both Ollie and Ant will be in the mix for points during the weekend ahead.

“We expect the Audi to go well at Croft with it’s mix of high-speed and low-speed corners, and the aim is to get some good results on the board before the summer break.”