STILL IN THE FIGHT
2013 Knockhill pole-sitter Rob Austin has been talking to HiQ in his latest blog with the fast fitting car service. You can read an extract of the Exocet Racing star’s pre-Knockhill post below and catch up on all of Rob’s blogs here:
“It’s where we know we can be strong again. We obviously had some incredible results there last year but no-one in the team is believing we can simply turn up 12 months later and do the same again.
“The competition has got a lot more intense compared to 2013 and it is going to be a major achievement just to break into the top ten in qualifying. And that is where we absolutely need to be if we are to really make a go of things in all three races and that applies to any circuit now.
“Never before has qualifying been so important in the BTCC – there really are so many top level drivers out there now that you cannot afford to give one place. Track position even right at the start of a race can be critical to how your whole day pans out…
“Therefore I predict Knockhill’s qualifying session to be the most fraught of 2014. Thirty or more BTCC cars on track around there all trying to find a clear lap or two at the same time is going to be insane and I think there will be some very annoyed faces in the pitlane after the session ends.
“The big aim at Knockhill is going to be three really good results. If we can get close to replicating 2013’s results then it should bring us right back into play for a top ten in the championship. We’re just about hanging on still despite Snetterton not working as well as expected so we have to make the most of the remaining circuits which suit our car, (Knockhill and Rockingham which follows).
“Before that, though, is the road trip we go on to get to Knockhill. We’ll be leaving Pershore on the Wednesday before so look out for us heading up the M6 and across over to Edinburgh and give us a pip if you see us!”