For the first and only time during the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Calendar season, attention turns to Scotland's picturesque Knockhill Racing Circuit for rounds 22/23/24 of the UK's most popular motor racing series. With Airwaves BMW in second...
For the first and only time during the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Calendar season, attention turns to Scotland's picturesque Knockhill Racing Circuit for rounds 22/23/24 of the UK's most popular motor racing series. With Airwaves BMW in second place in the Independent Teams championship and with just three rounds to go there is all to play for.
Located in the Fife countryside, Knockhill is synonymous with fast paced, bumper-to-bumper touring car racing, which is why the short, 1.3 mile circuit is often described by fans as 'the one to watch'. Top notch entertainment is a given.
Thanks to its difficult weather and far-flung location, heavy wind and rain are often on the cards, not that the off-cambered, undulating, intricate and twisty track layout needs any help to get the action moving!
As years of BTCC archive footage will suggest, Knockhill provides spectacular racing for fans and forces drivers into an aggressive driving style - perfect when you've got Mat Jackson and Steven Kane in the wings!
Despite BMW's lack of historical success at the track, Jackson, who found himself on the podium for all three races last year, is confident in his racecar. After his deserved podium in the final race at Silverstone and with just three more rounds of the season to go, he knows he has precious few opportunities left to capitalise on his current third place in the Independent Drivers Championship.
Steven Kane, who proudly won his very first ever British race at the Scottish circuit in Formula Ford, has also driven here in a variety of exotic metal, including a host of Porsches, F3 and of course touring cars.
Placed second in the Independent Drivers Championship, he's relishing the tough weekend ahead. He explained, 'the BMW's biggest advantage may be at the exit of the Real Radio Hairpin, thanks to the level of traction we can sustain; however, the 10-metere wide track should provide ample opportunities for passing up the hill - even if it is on two wheels! '
ITV4's live coverage from Knockhill is scheduled between 11.00am-6.00pm on Sunday 3rd September.
Kane and Jackson head to Knockhill in fighting spirit; points and podiums are well-needed this weekend and could certainly shape the championship standings.
Airwaves BMW Team driver Steven Kane said:
"I really can't wait for Knockhill, it's totally different to every circuit in England with its banked crests and rough surface. Many people think it's all about having big balls and guts here but the truth is you have to be precise. On short laps if you're not perfect Knockhill gives the guy behind every chance to pass, so it's technically challenging to keep your pace over the race distance. Out of the hairpin our cars have an advantage, but then up the hill that moves over to the turbo cars. It will be tough, but what race in the BTCC isn't?"
Airwaves BMW Team driver Mat Jackson said:
"BMWs have not done so well at Knockhill over the years, but this year the Airwaves BMW is a good one and we're capable of winning. Traction is on our side here but, unlike the front wheel drive cars who can keep their foot down, the off-camber surface means the rear wheel cars have to be a little more reserved at times where others may just hang on. It's very rare for your car to be facing in the direction you want it to at Knockhill, so as a driver it's a challenge I love, but I think I can manage a top five finish in each race - we'll just have to watch out for the LPG cars turning on the go-faster switch. I've looked but I'm not sure our car has one!"
Airwaves BMW Team Manager Oliver Collins said:
"I'm looking forward to Knockhill, we've had a couple of tough race meetings with Silverstone and Snetterton suiting the cars which are faster in a straightline, so now we have a real chance of a good result. The weather is usually a factor at Knockhill but I think we can be competitive wet or dry. As usual I'm sure there will be three very exciting races for those watching. "
-source: airwaves bmw