Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Rockingham (Rounds 4/5/6) - Event Preview The wait is over. HiQ Teams Championship leaders Airwaves BMW return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham (24-25 April) this ...
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Rockingham (Rounds 4/5/6) - Event Preview
The wait is over. HiQ Teams Championship leaders Airwaves BMW return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham (24-25 April) this weekend with expectations at an all time high.
Mat Jackson currently leads the way for the Airwaves BMW team who's 3rd in the HiQ Drivers Championship with 28 points after two solid podium finishes at Thruxton. Steven Kane lies in fifth with 19 points and fresh of the heels of his first BTCC victory is in no mood to surrender. After scooping the season's first HiQ Champagne Moment for his courageous efforts in the final race at Thruxton Kanes tasted the bubbly and rather likes it.
With sunny weather predicted both drivers are hoping the BMW's rear wheel drive layout comes into its own through the tricky 1.94 mile mix of fast paced oval and intricate twisting in-field. Last year the team qualified in second and are hopeful history will repeat itself -- or enable them to go one better.
Jackson is a fan of the East Midland's track having won here in a BMW in the BTCC in 2008. The Warwickshire lad also produced two podium finishes at the Northamptonshire's Motor Speedway last season.
Not one to be outdone Kane has also won races here in the Porsche Carrera Cup and in Formula 3; but a win at one of the three rounds at this weekends BTCC races could be the sweetest of his career.
Currently leading the HiQ Teams Championship with 46 points, Airwaves BMW are confident they can build on the season's dramatic opener and bring home points in every race at Rockingham. To remain at the top the table they will have to hold off challenges from the likes of championship contenders Jason Plato in his Chevrolet Cruze and Paul O'Neill, who finds himself wedged between the Airwaves BMW teammates in fourth.
With Motorbase Performance's Porsche Carrera Cup GB team also leading their respective teams championship the team is in an unprecedented position-leading the two most competitive championships in the UK. If Airwaves BMW and the Carrera Cup boys can kick up a gear they have every chance of building on their current lead. Sunday's racing will be as competitive and nerve shredding as ever and have no doubt Jackson and Kane will be at the thick end of the action.
ITV4's live coverage from Rockingham is scheduled between 11.00am-3.15pm on Sun 25 Apr, while evening highlights begin at 8:30pm. Driver and team details, as well as the season schedule, can be found on www.btcc.net.
Airwaves BMW Team driver Steven Kane said:
"We're going in to the practice session with a mixture of set-ups, the team were very quick here last year so hopefully we've learnt something. If it's sunny, then I have really high hopes. Rockingham is a good solid track for the BMW with lots of traction through the hairpin. We should be able to get on the throttle earlier and carry some decent speed were others may struggle for grip. I've won here in the Carrera Cup and in Formula 3, and I hope to add to that this weekend."
Airwaves BMW Team driver Mat Jackson said:
"The car was so quick at Thruxton so Rockingham should be very interesting. The hairpin and chicane suit the BMW; we should be able to carry some decent speed through there and with that be in a position to overtake. After two podiums in the last race I'm hungry for more. I want a top three finish in every race, and a win would go down well too.
Airwaves BMW Team Principal David Bartrum said:
"Thruxton was a fantastic moment for the team, drivers & sponsors and that's what it's all about. We battled hard and both Mat and Steven earned and deserved their points. Rockingham brings its own set of unique challenges which we aim to take on with our usual determination."
-source: airwaves bmw