With one win at Thruxton under his belt and some consistent high scoring results, Steven Kane has kept in touch with the championship leaders in his Airwaves BMW. Kane has perhaps been seen as the surprise package so far this season among the fans, but certainly not to the man himself as he speaks to The Checkered Flag.
Steven Kane stands at the door of his garage after Thursday's British Touring Car test day at Snetterton, looking somewhat disappointed. As the team pack up around him he reflects on the day's work. “We didn't really get what we wanted to get done but we've learned a few things. We have tried a few adjustments with dampers and things like that.”
“It was going in the right direction and then the rain came and we didn't really get to try the car the way we wanted to. We only got to put on one set of new tyres all day so it was a bit disappointing, but I think we have learned enough to come up with something for the next race here.”
With Steven sitting fifth in the championship table and just 27 points behind Matt Neal in first, we asked if he felt he was exceeding pre season expectations. “I wouldn't say I've exceeded expectations” he replied, “I'd still like to think I can do better than where I am at the minute. There's no reason why not. We've got the team, we've got the guys and we've got the kit, so we've just got to keep working at it and see where we end up.”
“Ultimately I'd like to win the Championship. I don't like sitting fifth when we were third most of the year. We need to keep working at it and battling with the other guys in the pit lane who seem to be putting a good run together. But I'm enjoying it, I'm loving getting out there and being able to be at every meeting”.
Looking ahead, Kane has the confidence to match the expectations. When asked about the next race ahead, Steven said “I had a good race here (Snetteton) last time I came in 2008 so hopefully we can pull some good results off”. He remains focussed and determined to work hard for the Airwaves Team. “It's hard to know results wise as there are so many good teams in the pit lane this year.” He told TCF.
“The Gas Powered Ford's and the Honda's are very fast. The Chevrolet looks like it's got a new tweak or whatever is making it very fast in a straight line too. So we've got a big challenge on our hands but we will keep trying and see where we end up in qualifying.”
With his hopes of challenging the championship leaders, it is somewhat understandable that he seemed disappointed at the end of the test day. But with his confidence and determination, one thing is for sure; Steven Kane will be pushing hard for his next race win very soon.