RML TAKE THEIR FIRST 1-2-3 FINISH IN THE BTCC
It wasn't until the first week of April this year that RML confirmed it would be returning to the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, some five years after it last ran the SEATs back in 2004 and since then, the Wellingborough-based group have gone from strength to strength. Snapping up one of the series' biggest personalities, Jason Plato, RML went on to take a superb race three win at Brands Hatch.
For the next round at Thruxton, changes were plenty as the series would see Jason enter under the Racing Silverline banner, the Lacetti still being privately run by the RML outfit. Enter Mat Jackson - another favourite in the touring car paddock who had also looked set to sit on the sidelines at the start of the season. With another last minute deal put together fresh after the success of Brands, Mat would race with a second privately- entered Chevrolet Lacetti for RML. Just as Jason had done three weeks before him, Mat took a brilliant race three win in his debut with the Lacetti.
From Donington Mat joined Jason under the Racing Silverline banner and BTCC newcomer, James Nash, made his debut with RML in a third Lacetti at Oulton Park. As the team has grown over the course of the season so too have the results. Already the RML- run cars can boast a number of successes, including a total of seven race wins, four pole positions, twenty podiums and twelve fastest laps contributed by all three drivers.
Following a triumphant event at Silverstone this weekend, RML staged their first ever 1-2-3 in the BTCC, which was also the first Chevrolet clean sweep in the series since 1975.
Commenting on the weekend's events, Ray Mallock said: "It's a fantastic result here at Silverstone this weekend. The guys have done a superb job and the cars are in their sweet spot at the moment. It's a pleasure to see it and be part of it. Considering we weren't expecting to be in the championship at the beginning of the year, it's excellent to see how far we've come. Everybody at RML has worked incredibly hard to make our entry in the championship a success and for us to not only be winning races, but to be in championship contention, with all three drivers frequenting the podium and now with RML taking its first 1-2-3, it's just brilliant. I am really pleased with how well the car is running, which is credit to all at the factory, to Jason, Mat and James, who are putting in 100% effort at every round and to everybody else involved. We have two more events at Rockingham and Brands, both of which should be good for the Lacettis. Let's hope for more solid results and podium finishes."