Redstone Racing are looking for more positive results as the Wrotham based outfit head to the stunning Knockhill circuit in Scotland for round seven of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend.
Since debuting their stunning new NGTC Ford Focus ST at Snetterton earlier in the month, the Motorbase team have since been testing at their local track Brands Hatch to progress the new car and ensure it is even better before it makes the long trip north.
Team Manager Oly Collins is full of optimism as the team head to Knockhill. “We’re all really looking forward to Knockhill. After a great debut for the new car and a great performance from both drivers I think we can really build on last weekend. The S2000 car should be really strong around Knockhill so I’m confident Aron will hit the ground running on Saturday and get some great results. The NGTC car will once again be venturing into a little of the unknown as the circuit is so different from Snetterton.
“We’ve been able to get some limited running between the two events at Brands and we’ve learnt more about the new car. So we’re hoping to put that into practice. It’s still very early for us with that car so we are trying to limit expectation but with the guys we have in this team I’m sure we can hope for some good results for both Aron & Mat.”
Mat Jackson gave the car a dream debut in the championship with three top eight finishes at Snetterton and it could have been even better with the Independent driver just missing out on a podium in third race of the day. It was a terrific way to thank the team for the hard work that had been put in as they built their first car from scratch.
“We totally exceeded all expectations at Snetterton. 48 hours before the event we still didn’t know if the car would make it but the whole team, and all our great sponsors totally over delivered and it goes to show yet again that we are the most determined and close-knit outfit in the pit lane.
“We can only get more competitive from here – it’s a learning process about how the new car works and that began at Brands mid-week. Again the car ran trouble-free and we learnt a lot. Knockhill is a very different kind of circuit to Snetterton so we need to keep our feet on the ground and mustn’t get too excited – for example it often rains there and this car hasn’t yet run in the wet. But after that comes a month’s break and I’m confident that by the time we get to Rockingham in late September we will be very competitive.”
It was also a positive weekend at Snetterton for Irish driver Aron Smith who is still learning the tricks of trade in his first full season within the BTCC. Running the S2000 version of the Focus, Smith took two top ten finishes with a career best sixth in the final race of the day. After running the S2000 chassis last year at Knockhill there is a lot to be confident about that even better can be achieved this weekend.
Aron said “I love everything about Knockhill, it’s like no other track in the BTCC calendar and around here you can really test the car. The track itself is unbelievable to drive and I expect the Redstone S2000 car to go very well. Not a lot of teams go testing up there because of how far away it is so hopefully we’ll be able to hit the ground running from what the team learnt last year. Knockhill always provides great racing as it’s more like rally cross so hopefully we can put on a good show!”
Rounds 19, 20 and 21 are shown live on ITV4 from 11:00am on Sunday 26th August with qualifying being streamed live on Saturday 25th August from 15:05 on www.itv.com/btcc/
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