Goodyear Snetterton preview: Ingram expects racing to ‘come alive’ with three tyre compounds

BTCC champion Tom Ingram talks tyres ahead of Snetterton

Before a wheel turned in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, months of work had taken place to develop, fine-tune and simulate the tyres for the season. Tyres represent the final link between every component of a race-bred touring car and the circuit.

2024 is no different: An all-new spec of tyre has been developed by Goodyear to ensure the on-track action remains thrilling, and the extra power delivered by the hybrid boost is perfectly managed no matter which axle it’s sent to.

This weekend at Snetterton, drivers will be required to use all three compounds across the three races, which is set to add an extra layer of intrigue and mix up the competitive order.

Ahead of the action, Goodyear sat down with a very familiar face in the paddock. 2022 champion Tom Ingram completed his 300th race at Donington Park last month. The 29-time race winner chats about the impact of having three specifications of tyre available at Snetterton and his role assisting Goodyear with tyre development.

“The racing will really come alive when we have the three different tyre compounds at Snetterton, it’s where we’ll see the biggest delta between cars all season depending on everyone’s strategy,” enthused the winner of race three at Snetterton last year. “We did a mid-season tyre test there last year and we completed so many laps I was knackered by the end of it!

“Snetterton itself is a great testing ground as there’s a mix of low, medium and high speed sections”, Ingram explains.

“I was on the soft tyre all the way through, which was the main focus for me. Tests are all about working with the tyre engineers to develop something that performs and lasts well, but also ends up being consistent across a race duration.”

Talking about Goodyear’s latest range of BTCC tyres, Ingram was full of praise for the direction it has gone to make the racing more interesting: “Goodyear has a tyre that will end up making the racing cool. In the past, the biggest deficit was when someone's on a soft tyre. However, from a soft tyre perspective this year, I think it feels very strong and durable. It'll be great for racing.”

“We rely heavily on Goodyear throughout weekends because naturally if you've got a car that's working well, it's easier to get the tyres into a good window. So, for us, it's a big part of the weekend and making sure that we've got high quality and concise information. From all parties, it’s what makes us have the tools to be able to improve the car, to change, or whatever else it needs in between.”

Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing eyeing Snetterton success

Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing has set its sights on more success this weekend (25/26 May) as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship heads to Snetterton for Rounds 7, 8 and 9 of the 2024 season.

The Vauxhall Astra squad has been one the leading lights in the UK’s premier motorsport series to-date having taken a clean sweep of wins in both Independents’ championships and the Jack Sears Trophy across the opening two meetings – and the aim is to continue that streak in Norfolk.

Four of those six Independent victories have gone the way of Árón Taylor-Smith and the Irishman will be heading to the 2.968-mile circuit this weekend in buoyant mood, having come oh-so close to scoring an overall podium finish last time out at Brands Hatch.

Taylor-Smith’s team-mate Mikey Doble is equally brimming with confidence that the front-wheel-drive outfit can challenge towards the sharp end after recording a brace of Independent and Jack Sears Trophy wins of his own.

Both drivers head into the weekend armed with plenty of hybrid deployment virtue of their championship positions, and that could become a key factor when it comes to qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

Árón Taylor-Smith said: “As a team we had a great outing at Brands Hatch and I’m aiming to both underline and build on our front-running pace that we showed last time out. I’ve never felt more confident in the car or team!

“We tested at Snetterton before the season started and from the one day that we did it was clear that the car has progressed from when we were there in 2023, which bodes well. The chassis is in a great window at the moment and I’m optimistic we can unlock even more performance.”

Mikey Doble said: “Snetterton is a track I’ve always enjoyed racing at, and I’ll be striving to maintain my Jack Sears Trophy winning streak this weekend. We’ve had a steady start to the season and after a strong pre-season test, I feel like we have a good platform to the hit track with come FP1.

“It’s no lie that we all want to be challenging for the overall podium on a weekly basis and I’ve got no doubt in the team that we will get there.”

Martin Broadhurst, Team Manager, said: “I think the whole team is looking forward to getting to Snetterton and showcasing what we can do, especially coming off the back of a positive showing at Brands Hatch.

“As nice as it would have been to finish on the podium at Brands, everyone in the team has taken confidence that we have a package that can fight at the front. Snetterton is a very different circuit but the testing we conducted there in pre-season leaves us optimistic.”

Adam Weaver, Team Principal, said: “Six wins from six in the Independents’ has been a fine start to the season, however, no one is resting on their laurels as we want to be contending for overall podiums and wins on a regular basis.

“Brands Hatch was a great step in the right direction for us and we hope to continue that at Snetterton. It’s a long lap where a lot can happen so we’ll take it one session at a time and see what we can do.”

Qualifying at Snetterton will be broadcast on the ITV Sport YouTube channel on Saturday from 15:25 before all three races are aired LIVE on ITV4 on Sunday. Race one is scheduled to begin at 11:35 ahead of race two at 14:25 and race three at 17:10.

Snetterton set for bumper-to-bumper BTCC action

NORFOLK CIRCUIT HOSTS THE UK’S NEXT PREMIER TIN-TOP INSTALMENT

The next episode of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is nearly upon on us with Rounds 7, 8 and 9 taking place at Snetterton in Norfolk this coming weekend (25/26 May).

After just two events we’ve already celebrated four different race winners, including the BTCC’s newest victor, whilst no fewer than eight drivers have already reached the rostrum from the opening six races.

Throw in the monsoon-like conditions of the season opener at Donington Park, followed by the heat haze of Brands Hatch, and it’s clear to see that the unmissable BTCC really is back!

Now, we go from the shortest circuit on the calendar – Brands Hatch Indy – to the longest… as Britain’s best touring car drivers prepare to take on the demanding Snetterton 300 layout.

Read on for more details on for the story so far, tv times, circuit timetable and the all-important ticket information…

Story so far

There are three former champions on the 2024 BTCC grid and each of them have already shown exactly why they have previously lifted the most coveted trophy in British motorsport.

Tom Ingram (Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS) and Colin Turkington (Team BMW) have each taken two victories so far, whilst reigning champ Ash Sutton has scored six successive podiums… so it’s little surprise to see the title chasing trio topping the leading places in the overall standings.

Sutton’s supreme consistency has given him a two point advantage over Turkington in the current Drivers’ standings, with Ingram a further eight in arrears, but there are positive signs for those searching for a maiden BTCC crown.

Jake Hill (Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport) and Josh Cook (LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ) are heading the chasing pack with both drivers knowing what it takes to be in championship contention.

Outside of the top five there are several exciting stories developing as we wait to see who will join the championship fight in 2024… Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS for example having further contenders at both ends of the experience spectrum.

At 39, Tom Chilton may be classed as a touring car veteran, but the Hyundai driver is looking faster than ever having scored a podium last time out at Brands Hatch.

Team-mate Ronan Pearson is the other story emerging from the team in only his second season in the country’s most competitive championship. A hugely popular maiden win for the Scotsman in the finale at Brands has not only thrown him into the limelight, but may be into the championship chase.

LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ’s Aiden Moffat took a fantastic victory at Donington Park, whilst Rob Huff and Andrew Watson at TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK need to find more consistency, as do the NAPA Racing duo of Dan Cammish and Dan Rowbottom.

One team enjoying a cracking start to the campaign is Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing, having taken a clean sweep of Independents’ triumphs so far, with the first overall podium of the season surely not far away.

So, with Snetterton now on the horizon… who will take the next step towards BTCC glory this season?

TV, Timetables and Tickets 

A stellar line-up of support series will also wow the crowds at Snetterton, as the Porsche Sprint Challenge Great Britain, F4 British Championship, MINI CHALLENGE and Radical Cup UK completes the schedule of exciting races. 

BTCC’s popular ‘Quick Six’ qualifying format will be streamed live via ITV Sport’s YouTube channel from 1520 on Saturday, before ITV4’s all-day race day broadcast gets underway at 1050 on Sunday. 

Remember, for the first time in the championship’s history the BTCC is being broadcast globally this season with every race being streamed live via ITV Sport’s TikTok channel. Look out for the races on Sunday starting at 1135, 1425 and 1710.

There’s no place like being there of course and fans can purchase tickets in advance or on the gate throughout the weekend – visit  here for more details.

LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ ready for ‘strategic’ Snetterton weekend

Two weekends. Two podium finishes. By any yardstick, it has been a successful start for LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ in the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, and the team has no intention of easing off the gas as the third outing of the campaign approaches at Snetterton this weekend (25-26 May).

Following Aiden Moffat’s superb victory in the Donington Park curtain-raiser – after fending off a pair of multiple BTCC champions in the shape of Colin Turkington and Ash Sutton – team-mate Josh Cook maintained the momentum with a hard-earned second place at Brands Hatch Indy earlier this month.

From the shortest lap on the calendar, next up is the longest, with Snetterton’s ‘300 layout’ measuring just shy of three miles. It is a circuit that has been a happy hunting-ground for the Toyota Corolla GR Sport in seasons past, with the British-built Japanese hatchback achieving at least one podium finish there every year since 2020.

Cook and Moffat will arrive sitting fifth and sixth in the standings amongst the 20 high-calibre contenders, separated by a single point in the former’s favour. The 32-year-old Bath-born ace – twice an Independents’ title-winner in the UK’s premier motor racing series – reached the rostrum at Snetterton in both 2018 and 2019, and scythed through the field from 26th on the grid to wind up fifth on soft tyres in the final race last year.

It was compulsory to use all three Goodyear tyre compounds that day, and it is the same story 12 months on, adding an extra element of strategy to the equation alongside the success-based hybrid system.

Moffat has tallied eight points finishes at Snetterton in the past and claimed one of his best results of 2023 in Norfolk, although the track has not always been kind to him, with the young Scot finding himself airlifted to hospital nine years ago after an accident left him with concussion.

This season, the 27-year-old Dalkeith native is in a fine vein of form, and was unlucky not to record a 16th career podium in the BTCC when a turbo boost pipe issue forced him out of third position at Brands Hatch. Spurred on by that disappointment, he is fired-up to immediately fight back.

Following Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session at 15:30 – streamed on ITV Sport’s YouTube channel – every moment of Sunday’s doorhandle-to-doorhandle action will be broadcast live and in high-definition on ITV4, beginning at 10:50. All three races will similarly be shown on the ITV Sport TikTok channel, in the UK and globally.

Christian Dick, Team Principal, LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ, said:

“We go to Snetterton with a lot of confidence off the back of the first two events of the season. Had it not been for Aiden’s misfortune at Brands Hatch, we would have been on the podium in half of the races so far in 2024, which in a series as ultra-competitive as the BTCC, is no mean feat at all. That kind of form is testament to the tremendous work ethic put in by everybody back at base, which is deservedly reaping rewards.

“Josh and Aiden are both hard-chargers who will extract every ounce of performance out of the Corolla, and it promises to be another extremely interesting and unpredictable weekend. With the circuit’s mix of high, medium and low-speed sections, there will be plenty of opportunities around the long lap to deploy and exploit hybrid, and when you throw in the additional tyre compound as well, tactics are likely to play a major role. We’re excited to get out on-track!”

Josh Cook, Driver, LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ, said:

“We’ve had a strong start to the season in the LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ Corolla, and the second-place finish at Brands Hatch shows that everything is really beginning to gel now. It always takes a little bit of time to settle into a new team and car and get used to different ways of working, but things are increasingly coming together and it was fantastic to reward everybody with a trophy for all of their efforts – particularly at the end of such an enjoyable and hard-fought race.

“The goal for Snetterton has to be more of the same. We know the Toyota is quick there from previous years; with such a varied mix of corners, you really need a good chassis underneath you to be competitive – and thankfully, that’s exactly what we have! It’s also a circuit that I think plays to my strengths as a driver, and I usually go well there.

“There’s no question that it’s going to be a bit of a strategic weekend in terms of assessing which tyre to use when, and a battle of brainpower and wits as much as anything else, but that’s a challenge we are relishing. I’m really looking forward to it!”

Aiden Moffat, Driver, LKQ Euro Car Parts with SYNETIQ, said:

“Snetterton is a tough one to predict. We didn’t go there during pre-season testing and it’s obviously very different to either Donington Park or Brands Hatch Indy, but I’m feeling good in the Corolla and I’ve been quick there in the past. It’s an enjoyable circuit to drive, even if it’s always seemed to be a bit of a ‘bogey’ track for me for one reason or another.

“Being such a long lap, it’s very easy to gain or lose time, but as long as we can get the car in the right window, we can hopefully qualify well. We dropped from fifth to sixth in the championship at Brands Hatch, and while that one additional second of hybrid boost won’t make a particularly big difference, what will make a discernible difference is the lower activation speed at which we can deploy it – by getting on it earlier, we can build greater momentum down Snetterton’s long straights.

“I think having to use all three tyre compounds will throw a real curveball into the mix and will generate some fantastic racing, and just generally we’ve spent a lot of time since Brands working hard as a team on the areas where we know we need to improve – so hopefully that will pay dividends, too.”

Where to Watch: BTCC at Snetterton

The 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship returns on-track this weekend at Snetterton (25/26 May), here’s all the information you need to know to keep up with the action…

The 2024 grid headed to Brands Hatch just over a week ago for the second round of the season and the first with the newly applied hybrid regulations. It made the difference as then championship leader Tom Ingram turned pole from Donington to eighth at Brands. The new mix of rules rewards consistency as Ash Sutton with zero wins but six podiums leads the way.

As we head into Round 3, there have been some line-up changes for teams and drivers during the off-season and heading into this race weekend, it’s all to play for in 2024. To see all of this year’s line-up, click here.

This weekend’s race day action will feature on the home of the BTCC, ITV4, from 1050 on Sunday (26 May) while the ITV YouTube page will host qualifying on Saturday (11 May) from 1520.

Worldwide, this weekend's races will feature live on the ITV Sport TikTok account, going live 10 minutes before each race begins. Each race start time is currently as follows; 11:35, 14:25 and 17:10.

Check out the full TV schedule below, which includes all the information you need to catch ITV’s highlights programmes from the opening rounds.

Qualifying LIVE: Saturday 25 May

ITV Sport YouTube from 1520

Raceday LIVE: Sunday 26 May
ITV4 & ITV4 HD
 1050-1820
ITV4 +1 1150-1820
ITVX 1050-1820

TikTok (UK times listed) Race 1: 11:30 - Race 2: 14:20 - Race 3: 17:05

Highlights: Thursday 30 May

ITV4 1830-2000

Further highlights TBC.

Restart Racing building momentum

Restart Racing continued to build momentum and also achieved its first double-points finish in only its second outing in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship last time out at Brands Hatch.

The team had already scored its first points through Chris Smiley during the opening event at Donington Park, and the Northern Irishman did so again with 14th in the first race at Brands Hatch.

The best was arguably saved until last, however, as Smiley grabbed 13th with team-mate Scott Sumpton securing his first ever BTCC points finish with 14th.

Overall, it was another rewarding weekend for the team in the BTCC, which included its best finish to date. Next up is Snetterton this weekend (25/26 May) where the team will be looking to build again in search of its first silverware of the season.

Chris Smiley said: “From our point of view, I think it was another positive weekend with two-point scoring finishes in the opening and final races of the day.

“Unfortunately, we had a puncture in race 2 after some contact which was a massive shame. We had saved the faster, soft tyre for race 3 and without contact, I think we could have finished in 13th or 14th in race 2, and that would have given us a real opportunity of finishing in the top ten in the final race of the day.

“We are all looking forward to Snetterton. We will be using all three Goodyear compounds which should really mix up the field.”

Scott Sumpton said: “I managed to get my first ever BTCC points, so I’m chuffed with that. Race 1 went really well; we moved up two positions up to 16th. Race 2 was a little bit of a shame. We had a problem with the car, which meant we had to retire.

“This meant we had to come from the back in race 3. From 20th with the soft tyre on, we managed to carve our way through the pack, making a few good positions and it was good to make a few overtakes and get my first ever British Touring car points with 14th.

“I think as a team, we did really well and I think we scored highly in the Jack Sears as well, which is amazing. I’m looking forward to Snetterton and hopefully, we can get more points on the table.”

Ben Taylor, Team Principal, said: “We are making good steps with the car and I feel as though we are getting closer to the pack with every session, which is testament to everyone in the team who is working so hard to ensure we remain competitive in our debut season.

“We will take this onto Snetterton where we hope to keep learning, keep improving and take another step up the grid.”

Strong start to season for Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing

Evans Halshaw Power Maxed Racing added to its silverware collection at Brands Hatch, claiming another clean sweep of Independents’ wins in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

The Worcestershire-based team maintained its strong start to the new campaign as Árón Taylor-Smith and Mikey Doble both triumphed, while Taylor-Smith also narrowly missed out on an overall podium finish in race three.

That success means that the outfit remain at the summit of the Independent Teams’ and Independent Drivers’ Championship, while Doble maintains a healthy advantage at the top of the Jack Sears Trophy standings.

Árón Taylor-Smith said: “It’s been another good weekend and it was nice to end it on a high in race three with a fourth place overall. In qualifying we were on the wrong side of a tenth and that somewhat pushed our strategy towards focusing on race three.

“To bag two top tens in races one and two was great but race three was the highlight. We fought as hard as we could to stay up there but a few classic touring car moves meant that we lost out on that podium – and that’s the way it goes sometimes.

“I loved fighting at the front though and putting on a show for everyone. I’m also very excited to see what we can do at Snetterton because we had great pace there when we tested in pre-season.”

Mikey Doble said: “Overall it has been another positive weekend for myself and I’m happy to be heading home with points in all three races, as well as a couple more trophies.

“It was frustrating to miss out on Q2 by such a small margin, but I feel like we turned it around on race day. Race one was pretty uneventful, but we were able to get stuck in and move forward when we put the soft tyre on for race two.

“In race three we just got caught up in a little bit of typical touring car racing and got shuffled down the order. Still, to be able to claim another Independents’ win and secure back-to-back Jack Sears Trophy wins is fantastic."

Martin Broadhurst, Team Manager, said: “I think we’ve proven that we have the capabilities to fight at the front this weekend and these results are only going to spur us on even more when we head to Snetterton for the next event.

“Both Árón and Mikey drove great, and they both deserved better than they got in race three. To come away with a great haul of points, some silverware and a step forward in car performance is something we can be happy about.”

Adam Weaver, Team Principal, said: “This weekend has been a positive step in the right direction and whilst it would have been great for Árón to get a podium in race three, it’s clear that when we’re at the sharp end of the grid we’ve got the pace to contend for big results.

“Maintaining our 100% record in the Independents’ Championship is something that the whole team can be proud of, and we’ll aim to extend that – as well as fight for overall podiums – at Snetterton.”

The 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season continues on May 25-26 at Snetterton.

Kwik Fit gets set for the Goodwood Festival of Speed

BTCC partnership to be celebrated at the world’s biggest motorsport festival

Kwik Fit – the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company – is once again set to wow the crowds at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (11-14 July 2024).
 
This will be the fourth edition that Kwik Fit has exhibited at the world-famous Festival of Speed, carrying a bigger and better presence on each occasion, and 2024 is set to be the best yet!
 
As has been the case in recent years, Kwik Fit will celebrate its title sponsorship of the UK’s premier motorsport series, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
 
The BTCC is the third oldest motorsport championship in the world – only Formula 1 and NASCAR boast a longer history – and its loyal fanbase attends race weekends in huge numbers across the country, as the race for the UK’s most coveted prize takes place.
 
Thanks to Kwik Fit’s partnership and support, the Festival of Speed has arguably become an 11th event weekend on the BTCC calendar, with its cars, stars and fans bringing their infectious energy and passion to Goodwood.
 
Kwik Fit will host a number of current cars and stars on its all-new purpose-built stand in 2024 with the likes of Ash Sutton, Tom Ingram and many more set to take part in exclusive interviews, autograph sessions and Q&As with fans… to name just a few of the planned activities.
 
There will also be four racing simulators on the Kwik Fit Exhibition Stand, each with their own BTCC ‘hot lap’ challenge – those topping each daily leaderboard will receive tickets to a BTCC race weekend during the second half of this season.
 
Further competitions and giveaways are set to complete a full action quota, with the final Kwik Fit four-day timetable being announced nearer the event.
 
Events and activities hosted by Kwik Fit will also be available to view via the Goodwood Motorsport App during the Festival of Speed in order for visitors to add to their personalised timetables, while those unable to attend can keep up to speed with the latest action via Kwik Fit’s social media channels.
 
Andy Lane, Kwik Fit Marketing Director, said: “We are so proud of our involvement with the BTCC and where better to celebrate this successful partnership than at the world’s biggest car celebration – the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
 
“This will be our fourth year at the Festival of Speed and each year seems to get bigger and better. We cannot wait to welcome existing and new BTCC fans to the stand this year, it is going to be an unforgettable four days in July.”
 
Simon Melluish, BTCC Media Director, said: “Thanks to Kwik Fit’s incredible passion and support the BTCC has significantly enhanced its attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in recent years.
 
“We are once again looking forward to working alongside our partners at Kwik Fit, to bring the sights and sounds of the BTCC to all visitors at the Festival of Speed. We are finalising our line-up of drivers and cars over the coming weeks and look forward to sharing that with you all soon.”

Bobby’s Back! Thompson joins Zeus Cloud Racing with WSR

Zeus Cloud Racing with WSR will debut at next weekend’s Snetterton British Touring Car Championship round with fan favourite Bobby Thompson at the wheel of a BMW 330e M Sport.

The news ensures that a fourth BMW will be on the grid for the remainder of the season with multiple podium-finisher Bobby carrying his familiar #19 on the WSR designed, built and run race car.

The 27-year-old from Hornchurch has scored three podium finishes in the BTCC over the past two seasons and was the series Jack Sears Trophy champion in 2022.

He will now join Colin Turkington, Adam Morgan and Jake Hill to complete a quartet of BMWs in the UK’s leading motor racing championship, every round of which is broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK and on ITV Sport’s TikTok channel globally.

This exciting new partnership with 16-time BTCC champions WSR marks the first foray into the series for Zeus Cloud.

Zeus Cloud is a market-leading enterprise solutions integrator and provider of cutting-edge technology services, which are designed to help boost businesses to better thrive in today's digital and technologically centred world, especially Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

Its commitment to providing and managing services stems from a passion for finding the best and latest solutions in all fields of technology, and for this season it is a perfect partner for a BTCC programme with a team as renowned for technical excellence and advancement as WSR.

Bobby’s BMW will carry the full Zeus Cloud Racing livery, which will be unveiled ahead of the Snetterton race weekend. Zeus Cloud branding will also appear on the Team BMW cars of Colin Turkington and Adam Morgan.

Bobby Thompson said: “It's honestly a dream come true! This journey has been a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with relentless hard work and the tireless support of my incredible family. I'm immensely grateful to WSR for their unwavering belief in me, guiding me through every step, especially during the Brands Hatch test. And to Zeus Cloud and their visionary CEO, Mark, your support is beyond words – it's something I used to only dream about. With a team that's growing stronger by the day and support that's nothing short of amazing, I'm so excited to hit the track as soon as possible - I wish Snetterton was this weekend!”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, WSR, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Bobby and Zeus Cloud to WSR. It was always clear what a determined and tenacious racer Bobby was when he was a rival, but when he tested with us in April at Brands Hatch we saw just what his capabilities were on and off-track. A huge thank you to Zeus Cloud and Path Marketing for making this programme possible. Their business is integrating cloud solutions to create one cohesive platform and running a motorsport team is very similar as we combine the skills of our team members to try to win on the racetrack. The partnership of Zeus Cloud, Bobby and the WSR BMW has everything needed to perform.”

Mark Grindey, Group CEO, Zeus Cloud, said: "Our team at Zeus Cloud are very happy to collaborate with WSR and Bobby Thompson. It's refreshing and a great opportunity to be working with people like Bobby who have worked their way up."

Dale Cullen, Managing Director, Path Marketing, said: “We are looking forward to working with Bobby, he’s a great guy and has worked hard to get where he is today. He hasn’t had the finance he needed behind him up until now, as he’s just a regular guy from Essex, but we believe this will be a major turning point for him. We wish him every success in the season.”

Pace and potential shown by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK

Andrew Watson and Rob Huff continued to show the potential of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK’s Corolla GR Sport during the second outing of the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship campaign at Brands Hatch (11/12 May).

Despite both drivers fighting for top six finishes on occasions during the weekend, Watson’s seventh in the finale would be the team’s best return.

Here’s what both drivers had to say following the event…

Rob Huff, Driver, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK, said: “In terms of the overall outcome, it was obviously a frustrating weekend, but at the same time there were lots of positives to take away. The Toyota felt really good in qualifying until we tried something a bit unorthodox with the tyres in Q2 that didn’t quite work out, but these are all learning experiences.

“We struggled slightly in race one and then on the warm-up lap ahead of race two, the front roll bar broke, which took away a lot of front-end grip and meant the car was moving around more than usual. We battled on anyway and were going really well until my rear bumper began flailing in the wind following earlier contact – and as the officials deemed it to be dangerous, I had to ‘box’ to get it repaired. That was a great shame, because I think we would have been on for a really good result.

“It also meant we had to start race three from the back of the grid, but the team did a mega job to get the bumper fixed and the roll bar replaced and the Corolla felt magnificent – the best it has done for me so far. We had really good pace and I only wish the race could have gone on another 15 laps!

“Ultimately, our current championship position doesn’t accurately reflect our performance and potential. We made really good progress both on and off-track at Brands Hatch, and I’m just so excited for the future with this team. I think together, we can really create something very special.”

Andrew Watson, Driver, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK, said: “In general, I feel we took a good step forward at Brands Hatch. Qualifying was predictably tight, but the team did a great job and seventh place put us in the mix for race day. With the soft tyres on and full hybrid, we knew we were going to go forward in race one. There was a bit of fighting at the start, which let Josh [Cook] and Ash [Sutton] get away slightly and I couldn’t quite catch up to them, but I was happy with the points. I think the penalty was tough, but it is what it is.

“Race two was just a demolition derby, which culminated in me receiving the mechanical warning flag after contact from behind dislodged the rear bumper, but the team put in a fantastic effort to repair the car for race three and it was so important to go out and reward everybody with a really positive performance and result.

“That was one of my best races so far in the championship, I would say. The Toyota felt brilliant and we were able to slice our way through the field. It was still only my second weekend in the car but to make that much progress on the medium tyres proves we’re getting the Corolla into the right window now, and over the upcoming events, we’re only going to get stronger...”