JELLEY READY FOR ACTION-PACKED KNOCKHILL
Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley is set for Rounds 16, 17, and 18 of the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season which will take place at the exciting and undulating Knockhill circuit this weekend (30/31 July) as the Leicestershire-based racer aims to build on his podium success at the Scottish venue just last year.
This season has been one of highs and lows for the West Surrey Racing driver, claiming a memorable victory at Oulton Park in his BMW 330e M Sport and fourth place at Croft last time out, but also featuring some frustrating races where he has suffered bad luck.
The 1.27-mile circuit provides one of the toughest tests on the BTCC calendar with gradients, cambered corners, and a fan and driver’s favourite blind chicane over a crest where lap times are made or lost and can end in success or a trip through the gravel.
Jelley will head out for two 40-minute free practice sessions on Saturday at 0950 and 1215, with qualifying that afternoon at 1530 which fans can watch via itv.com/btcc.
After an autograph session in the paddock on Sunday morning, there are three 24-lap races set to get underway at 1208, 1415 and 1710, with the first two contests once again be broadcast live on ITV’s main channel, while the final race returns to ITV4 with the coverage switching across at 1455.
“I’ve had success at Knockhill in the past and I love driving around there because it’s so action-packed,” said Jelley. “It’s tight and twisty and a great circuit to drive where fans can get close to the track.
“It’s going to be close as there are a lot of competitive cars, so once again qualifying is going to be crucial. If you can get your car working optimally then it’s mega to drive a lap, but it’s so easy to fall out of that window of performance. If you’re a couple of tenths off the pace you’re looking at starting outside the top ten, so you’ve got to be right on the money.”