Following a difficult start to the season, Airwaves Racing is hoping for a repeat of history as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) arrives at Donington Park circuit this coming weekend April 14/15.
The Derbyshire track has given the Motorbase-run squad much case for celebration in previous seasons, with Mat Jackson steering his old S2000 Focus ST to victory in both 2012 and 2011; and Airwaves Racing are aiming for a return to winning ways after suffering with reliability issues during last months’ opening round at Brands Hatch.
Team-mate Aron Smith also has a strong record at Donington Park having won his first Renault Clio Cup race there in 2009. The young Irishman will be looking to improve on the two top ten finishes he secured during his first BTCC race weekend here last season and is hopeful that the move up to the Mountune-powered NGTC Ford Focus ST should help to deliver a strong set of results.
This weekend also sees the emergence of a new partner to the Airwaves Racing team as ‘Redcentric’ takes to the track for the first time. A new sister company to Redstone, which will continue to offer what it has built an enviable reputation for doing: the world-class delivery of structured cabling, support services and smart buildings; the Redcentric brand will focus on delivering innovative technology such as cloud services, managed networks and apps that enable businesses to improve their productivity and efficiency.
After a stalled start to its 2013 campaign, Airwaves Racing currently lies sixth in the Teams' Championship, fourth in the Independents' title chase. However Team Principal David Bartrum is confident that a change of luck could be all that’s needed to get the team’s 2013 campaign back on track.
Round 2 of the 2013 season takes place at Donington Park on April 20th-21st. Live coverage of Sunday's events will be shown on ITV4, itv.com and also in HD from 11.00am – 6pm, with itv.com featuring live streaming online of Saturdays qualifying session between 3.40 and 4.10pm.
Redcentric Managing Director Fraser Fisher said:
“The IT landscape has changed significantly over recent years, and is constantly evolving; Redcentric is our answer to today's modern IT challenges. Redcentric will take a hands-on consultative approach to IT managed services.
“We’re delighted to be associated with the Airwaves Racing team, a winning team in the BTCC. The branding on the NGTC Focus ST allows us to introduce Redcentric to a much wider audience and new markets, and we’re looking forward to a new successful partnership in 2013.”
Motorbase Performance Team Manager Oly Collins said:
“The opening weekend at Brands didn’t exactly go to plan and we had more than our fair share of issues that needed to be resolved before the next round. As always, the whole Airwaves Racing team has worked tremendously hard over the short break; we’ve been out testing twice with Mat and Aron and feel confident that we’ve bottomed out the teething troubles and have improved the NGTC’s pace and reliability. Basically, we’re now where we hoped we’d be with the cars for the first round!
“This weekend will also be the first time that the NGTC Focus ST’s will have raced on the Donington circuit so there’s still a bit of the unknown, fingers crossed we can get a repeat of last season and pick up some good results!”
Airwaves Racing driver Mat Jackson said:
“Brands Hatch was particularly tough and not the start that we were hoping for at all. We’ve made some big improvements to the NGTC in the weeks since and the testing has helped iron out the reliability issues we were struggling with.
“Donington is a track that we’ve done well at in the past; we picked up our first race win there last season, so hopefully with the progress we’ve made we can bounce back and get our 2013 campaign off to a proper start this weekend.”
Airwaves Racing driver Aron Smith said:
“After Brands Hatch we got the chance to go away to test and play with the car; something we weren’t really able to do before the opening round, mainly due to the weather. So now we’re heading to Donington with a completely different car and one that does what we want it to do!
“We’ve definitely made a big breakthrough with the set up so that should transpire into better results and I’m confident that we’ll be in a much stronger position to really challenge at the front this weekend.”
Addison Lee Motorbase driver Liam Griffin said:
“After the relative success of Brands Hatch, it’s nice to be looking forward to going racing again this weekend, and leading the Jack Sears’ trophy certainly helps, that’s for sure! Having competed against the other Jack Sears’ contenders in the opening round, it was great to see some good clean racing again and long may that continue!
“We were the quickest S2000 around Donington on the media day test, and I have fond memories of the circuit, getting my first top ten finish in there in 2011 so hopefully we can build on that and have another successful weekend.”