The AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts team will look to bring home a solid haul of points this weekend when it makes the long trip to Scotland for the seventh round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
The West Thurrock based team picked up two more points scoring finishes last time out at Snetterton, with drivers Ollie Jackson and Ant Whorton-Eales both bringing home a top 15 finish at the wheel of their Audi S3s.
Ollie endured a somewhat frustrating weekend in Norfolk, with on-track contact in two of the three races limiting him to a single points scoring finish.
The Tamworth-based racer impressed in Scotland last season after overtaking more drivers than anyone else across race day, and returns to Knockhill this weekend with a vastly improved car underneath him – as shown by the seven points scoring finishes already secured this year.
More points are the aim this weekend for the 33-year-old, who makes the trip north in confident mood.
“It’s going to be an interesting weekend; it always is at Knockhill!” he said. “As ever, it will be very close and very competitive on track so the smallest margins will be key, and we have to try and build on the progress we have made throughout the season to give ourselves the best possible chance of scoring points on race day.
“We’ll find out pretty quickly when we hit the track if we’re on for a good weekend but I’m hoping that the Audi will be able to ride Knockhill’s bumps well, and we can put on another competitive showing.”
Lichfield racer Ant will be competing at Knockhill for the first time since 2014, with the Renault Clio Cup UK – which he won last year – having not made the trip to Scotland in recent seasons.
Ant goes into the weekend on the back of a strong run in the final race at Snetterton two weeks ago, where he came close to breaking into the top ten for the first time.
Having matched his best overall result to date, Ant will now seek to maintain the strong pace he has shown throughout his debut campaign to push for more points, with a victory in the Jack Sears Trophy for rookie drivers also being very much on the agenda.
“Whilst I haven’t been to Knockhill for a few years, I’ve spent some time doing sim work with Ollie ahead of the weekend to help get me up to speed,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting out on track as Knockhill is a very unique challenge and I think it’s a circuit where we can be strong.
“We’ve made a lot of progress with the car this season and showed strong pace both in qualifying and race day at Snetterton. If we can do that again this weekend, then I’d like to think I can push towards the top ten and also challenge for the Jack Sears Trophy.”
Team boss Shaun Hollamby agreed with both drivers that the weekend ahead was one where there was the potential to score well.
“Knockhill is a circuit that has been kind to us in the past, and is the place where we picked up our only BTCC podium to date,” he said. “That result showed that anything can happen at Knockhill, and whilst a podium this weekend would be a dream result, there is no doubting we have a car that is capable of scoring good points.
“Both Ollie and Ant continue to impress behind the wheel and with the steps forward we are making with the Audi every time we hit the track, I’m confident that we can continue our push towards regularly fighting for the top ten positions.”