VX Racing ready to fight back at Snetterton
VX Racing return to the track next weekend with Round seven of the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton and the team is aiming to get back on the top step of the podium, after a tough weekend at Croft earlier this month, which saw a tight battle between the Honda, MG and Vauxhall marques.
Vauxhall are close to wrapping up the manufacturers' title, while VX Racing drivers Yvan Muller and James Thompson are in a fierce contest for the drivers' championship. Current leader Yvan Muller has amassed 153 points so far this season in his Vauxhall Astra Coupe, but is being chased hard by team-mate Thompson, who lies just 17 points behind with a tally of 136 points. With 15 points for a win and two races per weekend, Snetterton could see a change of championship leader, although you can be assured that both drivers will be racing hard and fast.
Title chaser James Thompson, has been busy with British rally duties and will be contesting the Manx International rally this weekend before heading back for the Snetterton BTCC event. Thompson is ready to return to battle saying, "Croft didn't bring me any wins, but it certainly helped me to close the gap on Yvan. As this season has progressed the competition has really hotted up. I'm not only fighting with my team mate, but the MG's and Honda's too, so it's not going to be easy to overhaul him. Of course, the fierce competition may help me too, as the other team drivers can, potentially, take points away from Yvan. "
Yvan Muller is, of course, determined to retain his championship lead, and says, "I only notched up 11 points at Croft, while James took a few more, so he's closing fast on me. I know what I have to do to keep ahead of him, but it's not easy. Not only is James on top form and my biggest threat, but the Honda's and MG's are getting increasingly competitive. It's great for the crowd, as they are seeing some hard racing and it's totally unpredictable, but it makes my job more difficult."
Paul O'Neill completes the VX Racing driver trio, lying third in the championship, with five podium finishes so far. O'Neill is ready to get back into his touring car at Snetterton and previews the weekend saying, "I'm having a bit of a roller coaster year, with some really good races and a few which haven't been so good. The three week break has refreshed me and I'm really focused on getting back on the podium at Snetterton. We're back racing in the evening at this event, which should provide a good show for the spectators and the twilight adds another dimension to the racing."
Touring car action at Snetterton commences with free practice on the afternoon of Friday 8 August whilst qualifying takes place on Saturday morning at 10 am. The first race of the double header bill takes place at 2.55pm and the evening race at 7.35pm.