Donington: Airwaves BMW preview

This coming weekend the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returns to Donington Park in the season's penultimate race meeting, once again hosting the greatest motoring racing series in the UK. With Airwaves BMW drivers still in with a ...

This coming weekend the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returns to Donington Park in the season's penultimate race meeting, once again hosting the greatest motoring racing series in the UK. With Airwaves BMW drivers still in with a chance of clinching the Drivers, Independent and Teams Championships the team have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Over three races of sixteen laps it's imperative that both Steven Kane and Mat Jackson find themselves up amongst the front-runners; podiums and victories will be essential if the team are to have any chance of winning their first ever BTCC Championship.

We already know that the fast paced, sweeping nature of the Leicestershire circuit suits the BMW and with a successful weekend and solid points haul at Knockhill fresh in the minds of both drivers every member of the team is determined that Donington will be one to remember.

With nine drivers still in with a mathematical shot of the top honours we can be assured of a committed response, with each determined to make their mark and secure their own place amongst a raft of previous BTCC legends.

Kane, who currently stands in second place in the Independent Drivers championship, needs to outperform the Ford Focuses of Onslow-Cole and Tom Chilton in the lead up to the year's final race weekend at Brands Hatch. It remains to be seen if Derby's 1.96 mile circuit will favour the hammer and tong, straight-line speed of the Chevys and blue ovals or if it will play into the hands of the swift and sharper BMWs, who will no doubt come on strong toward the latter stages of each race thanks to their ability to conserve tyres.

Mat Jackson, who considers Donington a local track, goes in to the weekend in fourth place in the Independent Drivers standings, but the Henley-on- Arden driver backs himself to make a late surge with six races still to come. He certainly showed he and his racecar have the pace to make a serious impact on the title and is confident the technical issues which have blighted his season so far are now well and truly behind him.

ITV4's live coverage from Donington is scheduled between 11.00am-6.00pm on Sunday 19th September. Driver and team details, as well as the season schedule, can be found on www.btcc.net

Airwaves BMW Team driver Steven Kane said:
"It's a do-or-die weekend and it's great to be going back to Donington with the championship at such an exciting stage. The sweeping hills and the constant pace you need to stay at the front of the pack make it a proper driver's circuit. As a team we need to catch the cars in front of us from Ford, Honda and Chevrolet but Knockhill was a real positive and I'm pleased to be coming here off the back of such a solid weekend. Until we get there it's difficult to know how quick we'll need to be but the team has the experience and the knowledge to come out on top. I'll be doing everything I physically can to win - you can count on that."

Airwaves BMW Team driver Mat Jackson said:
"At the start of the season not throwing points away is very much in the minds of the drivers but at this stage that no longer matters so much, it's all about results. We have to score big points and wins but Donington gives us a real shot in a BMW, last year proved that. We'll need a bit of luck but we have nothing to lose and all to gain and I'll be fighting as hard as I can to make sure I go to Brands with a realistic shot at the title."

Airwaves BMW Team Manager Oliver Collins said:
"We're looking forward to a return to Donington, it's a fantastic race circuit and the BMW is good round there, proving it with a win in 2009. We are realistically looking at the two Independent Championships, which are available, and to achieve this we will be fighting for outright wins as usual. We were slightly disappointed leaving Knockhill but on reflection we had a lot of positives to take away from the meeting. With just two rounds to go we're just looking at a good finish to the championship."

-source: airwaves bmw

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Series BTCC
Drivers Steven Kane , Mat Jackson