Donington Park: Airwaves BMW preview

Airwaves BMW Ready to Go to Work at Donington Airwaves BMW duo Rob Collard and Jonny Adam are ready to go to work on building their 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship challenge at Donington Park next weekend. The famous East ...

Airwaves BMW Ready to Go to Work at Donington

Airwaves BMW duo Rob Collard and Jonny Adam are ready to go to work on building their 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship challenge at Donington Park next weekend.

The famous East Midlands track has been undergoing a massive makeover in recent weeks, but the only thing the Airwaves BMW team will be interested in developing is its push for points in the championship.

The Kent-based team will face a huge challenge if it is to win at the sweeping Derbyshire circuit -- with no BMW having clinched a BTCC race there since the early nineties. However, all members of the squad will have tunnel vision focused on success, and will hope to run off with silverware like they did in the opening round at Brands Hatch.

The chief architect of Airwaves BMW's success, team principal David Bartrum, has been surveying the team's plans for Donington in a bid to engineer another outstanding performance. While the Airwaves BMW 320sis were in their element at Brands they did not enjoy the conditions at Thruxton. Bartrum is keen to ensure they are back on song to tackle the demanding Donington Park circuit, and has approved a number of setup changes in order to make that happen.

Airwaves BMW driver Rob Collard -- who away from the track runs a successful construction firm -- will be looking to improve on his double points-scoring performance last time out at Thruxton. While he displayed some classy work carving through traffic to secure two fifth places, Collard knows that an even more successful outing at Donington could lay the foundations for a sustained title challenge. Currently fourth in the drivers' championship, the Hampshire-based driver will try to cement his place among the front-runners over the three races at Donington.

Team-mate Jonny Adam will be looking to rip up the tarmac at Donington in a bid to improve his championship standing. Despite his usual steely application the BRDC Superstar had a torrid weekend at Thruxton, and will be determined to get back to the kind of form that saw him head the BTCC pack at Brands. The young Scotsman is eager to prove that he can best the more experienced BTCC racers in the field on a regular basis, and will be determined to run in the top six throughout the weekend.

Donington Park is one of the UK's most popular circuits for Touring Car drivers and spectators alike. The 1.96 mile track has been the scene of many famous BTCC battles in years gone by, and with four past and present champions in the field for the 2009 event it should ensure yet another closely fought round of Britain's premier racing series.

Airwaves BMW Team Principal David Bartrum said:

"I'm very, very happy we're going to Donington after all the issues that have been raised over the past few weeks. It is an important circuit on both the Touring Car and Porsche Carrera Cup calendars, and one of my personal favourites. Now we have put one of our least favourite tracks behind us at the last round normal service has been resumed and we'll be going to Donington in a very positive fashion. It's been a really exciting season so far for Airwaves BMW, and the championship as a whole, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. I'm happy with the way both Jonny and Rob have been performing, and they are working really well together and with the guys in the garage. Now we just have to kick up a gear and get on with it to make sure we get some really strong results at Donington."

Airwaves BMW driver Rob Collard said:

"I'm looking forward to going to Donington and seeing the changes that have been made there. I've enjoyed some really good races there in the past, although last year wasn't great so I don't want a repeat of that. From a team point of view I think we will be a lot stronger there than we were at Thruxton. We did okay considering the problems that we had, but we really want to get back on the front foot at Donington and score well. From my own point of view it will be really important to pick up as many points as possible, I can put myself right back in the title mix with a good performance this weekend. It should be a real treat for the fans at Donington as it is a great circuit to watch Touring Cars, and the quality of drivers competing in the BTCC just now is second to none."

Airwaves BMW driver Jonny Adam said:

"I'm raring to go to Donington and do well so I can put the last round behind me. I want to get back to a front-running pace and take three good results away from the weekend. I have always found Donington to be a challenging circuit, but I have had success there in the past in other championships. The layout of the track at Donington has always been exciting to drive, but I think it might feel a bit different with all the work that has been going on there. I don't think it has been raced on much recently so it will be interesting to see if that makes a difference to the grip levels available, as it has always been a bit slippery there anyway. It's still early in the season so if I can notch up some more good points scores now it will set me up nicely for later in the year when some of my favourite tracks come around."

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Series BTCC
Drivers Jonathan Adam , Rob Collard