Fresh from winning the British GT Teams' Championship at Silverstone recently, Scuderia Ecosse heads west to Ireland this week for the driver's title decider at Mondello Park.
KINCH AND KIRKALDY EAGER TO SEW UP THE DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Nathan Kinch and Andrew Kirkaldy have every chance of becoming British GT Champions this weekend. The Scottish pair first teamed up for last year's British GT Championship and narrowly missed out on the title first time around. This year they started the season with a dominant win at Donington Park and haven't looked back since.
"I think we can get the job done at Mondello", commented Kinch. "We had a few problems there last year with safety cars and penalties but hopefully we'll get a clear run this time out. The Mondello track is pretty narrow and tricky but the Ferrari is nimble and goes well there. It would be great to win the Championship in Ireland; I hear Dublin is a good place for celebrating!"
"I really enjoy racing at Mondello", said Kirkaldy. "It's a technical track and there are very few opportunities for overtaking so we'll have to make sure we don't slip from our run of pole positions. It's not over yet, we have a lot of work to do, but I hope everything goes our way this weekend so I can go home with a big smile on my face!"
NIARCHOS AND MULLEN NOT PLANNING TO MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM! Chris Niarchos and Tim Mullen have provided the closest challenge to the Scots this year and will be gunning for their first victory of 2005 at Mondello Park, not least as this is the home race for Mullen.
"It really does make all the difference to have the home support so Chris and I will be going for it this weekend", said Mullen. "I enjoy racing at Mondello and the atmosphere is always great. Nathan and Andrew only need a few points to get the Championship but we're not about to hand it to them. We want to beat them!"
"I believe Tim and I have a very good chance at Mondello", commented Niarchos. "The cars are very strong there and I love the track; it's pretty technical and tight like Knockhill which seems to suit me. I can't wait!"
THE 2005 BRITISH GT DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
There are four races remaining in the 2005 British GT Championship. To win the Driver's Championship Kinch and Kirkaldy need to score just three points which is the equivalent of a sixth place finish. The only other possible winners of the driver's crown are their Scuderia Ecosse team-mates, Niarchos and Mullen. It's a tall order for Chris and Tim though as to overhaul the Scots they would have to win every remaining round and hope that Nathan and Andrew never finish in sixth place or above.
SCUDERIA ECOSSE TEAM UP FOR THE CHALLENGE
The Mondello race is a very important event in the history of Scuderia Ecosse and Team Principal Stewart Roden knows he has to keep his team motivated and focused.
"We were delighted to win the Team Championship at Silverstone but it's the Driver's Championship that everyone is interested in. It would be great for Nathan and Andrew if they could do it this weekend although I think Chris and Tim plan to run them pretty close! I think the key this weekend is that the team don't get carried away and end up dropping the ball. We have to keep our heads and do a good job and hopefully come away with the spoils!"