TEAM AON AIMING FOR SCOTTISH SUCCESS Team Aon head to the spectacular Knockhill circuit near Dunfermline for the next instalment of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, the only trip north of the border in the series....
TEAM AON AIMING FOR SCOTTISH SUCCESS
Team Aon head to the spectacular Knockhill circuit near Dunfermline for the next instalment of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, the only trip north of the border in the series. The Scottish track is famous for producing spectacular racing whenever the BTCC is in town, thanks to the short, undulating track where the weather invariably plays its part.
Last time out at Silverstone, Team Aon had a superb weekend securing pole position, all three race victories and the fastest lap in every race thanks to the team's two young drivers; Tom Chilton and Tom Onslow-Cole. This was despite the team having yet further restrictions placed on the performance of the Littlehampton based squad's two Calor Gas powered Ford Focus cars following Saturday's qualifying where the team had secured their fifth pole position of the season.
Team Aon heads to Knockhill with some optimism following such a strong Silverstone weekend, although Knockhill represents a very different challenge to that of the Northamptonshire circuit. Both drivers however believe the team's recent progress in handling performance would allow them to continue to secure some strong results and further their progress in the championship standings.
Tom Onslow-Cole (#21), BTCC Standings: 2nd -- 157 points.
"I'm really looking forward to racing again at Knockhill, as I didn't race there last year and it's a track I really love. It's a tight twisty layout with a lot of undulation, so it's a very different challenge to Snetterton or Silverstone, but I'm confident we have made some positive chassis improvements that will help us.
Finishing all three races near the sharp end is again imperative for the championship; a few podiums wouldn't go a miss either!"
Tom Chilton (#23), BTCC Standings: 5th -- 127 points.
"I love Knockhill it is a special place for me as I had my first ever Independents class BTCC win there in 2002 in a Vauxhall Astra. That was in the pouring rain, in fact I think most of the races I've had there since have been in difficult conditions. If it's wet this weekend then I will be happy because the way our Ford Focus handles when it's wet is brilliant. If it's dry then that's okay too, as the Arena guys have worked so hard to make sure we will have a great car no matter what the conditions are.
I need to follow up the results we had at Silverstone with some more strong performances this weekend and so I will be giving it 100% as always. It will be tough, especially with the latest performance restrictions that TOCA have given our cars, but I still think we have a really strong package overall and that's what you need at Knockhill, it's not just about engine power or straight line speed."
Mike Earle, Team Principal: 2nd -- 265 points (Team) & 1st -- 390 points (Constructor).
"We were delighted to record such strong results at the last round of the championship at Silverstone, a circuit at which we had always been tipped to do well. Moving on to Knockhill we are really expecting the Honda to be the car to beat and in particular Gordon Shedden, who is always quick at his home race. A consistent weekend is key for us as we move towards the conclusion of this years' championship."
-source: team aon