BTCC Thruxton 8th-9th May 2021, find out all the details of each race here.
You probably caught the action for the first round of BTCC 2021 on ITV4. We had a pretty decent weekend…until the last race. Qualifying went well landing P13 ready to start a day’s racing on Sunday. Although the start to Sunday saw grey skies we had a few sunny spells. The circuit was pretty much dry going out for the first race so all cars were on slicks. Had a great race although suffered after the safety car at the restart with cold tyres but after getting the required temp into them finished P12 putting us in a good place to start for race 2. Massive well done to my team mate Ash Sutton who got spun off on the first lap and worked his way back up finishing 10th. Aiden made plenty of places up too. Its defiantly a day for restarts, safety cars, mechanicals, and penalties, all made for an exciting 2nd race.
Unfortunately, after a decent race 2 start we had a 5 second time penalty applied for the car very slightly being over the white line on the grid, (rules are rules but this is one that’s very harsh in my opinion but……) so I tried to make some time up as much as I could throughout race 2 and ended up with P17 after the penalty, a tale of what could have been and then missing out on the possibility of a good reverse grid draw also. Race 3…was interesting. With the yoyo weather, some drivers went into the pit lane to change back to slicks but it did start raining again so we hoped we made the right decision to stay on wets to gain as much grip as we could on the track.
I went for an older/ harder set of wets which ultimately probably wasn’t the best choice but the race was going ok with us just hanging onto the tail end of the points positions and we were aiming to gain some time back until the last lap when a competitor decided to attempt a very silly move, bounced up the kerb and into our car and caused us to spin, Rory Butcher was next on the scene and we made quite heavy contact which removed us both from the results and left with badly damaged cars, far from ideal and very annoying having kept out of trouble all day. Overall, we had a good weekend and it was great to be back out on track again. Next up on 12th & 13th June is Snetterton. Let’s hope the sun is shining and we have a great day. Big thanks to all of you at home for the messages & tags on socials, I really appreciate the support. Lets hope we have a smashing season in the Infinity Q50 and get some great results, my confidence in the car is growing all the time and that was the first time in the Q50 at Thruxton and also the first time out in the wet so reasonably pleased with the results, much more to come though. As always, I couldn’t do this without the support of my sponsors: Boardley & Roberts Ltd 1KE Engineering 3D Precision Engineering Needham Electrical Tru7group H20 Customs Hype Create Brooks & Wood Nimbus Motorsport Crohns & Colitis UK Torco Oils ASD Racing products Pro Alloy Motorsport Champion RV