Airwaves BMW head to Silverstone this weekend in a positive mood for rounds 19/20/21 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. After a good showing at the last rounds at Snetterton, the team are looking forward to the weekend, hoping for another solid points haul in a meeting that could well be vital in determining who will walk away with this season's honours.
Airwaves star Mat Jackson will be aiming high this weekend after a history of success on the Silverstone National circuit. The Warwickshire based driver comes into the meeting having won here in 2008 and twice in 2009, so the fans favourite will be hoping to put on a show in front of his home crowd and remain in contention for the main drivers and independent drivers championships.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Mat said: “I had a really good run here last year, and I think the team are in a good spot going in to the weekend. Motorbase did well here in 2009 and with our progress over the summer break it looks like it could be interesting. Although the LPGs and Chevys have something we don't – that much is obvious – we have a car that can go round corners and that will make things pretty close and exciting even if Silverstone is a power circuit. In my honest opinion I think we're in great shape and in a great car.”
As for Kane, a solid weekend at Snetterton saw him reinstated as the leader of the Independent Drivers championship, so the Ulsterman will be looking a strong weekend to stretch his lead at the top. Despite not winning here in the BTCC yet, he has won at the track in GT's before and knows it well, so all the signs point to a good weekend.
Kane is optimistic ahead of the weekend, saying: “Silverstone is a good circuit and as I live in Brixworth it's also my local track. There should be some interesting new challenges with the resurfaced National Straight, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the car feels. In 2008 I did well here, coming from last to fifth, so overtaking can be done, even if there are only three or four corners to do it. It guarantees close racing so it will be fascinating to see how the LPG powered Fords shape up. I've had success here in Ferraris, Porsches and I've tested McLaren's F1 car so I know the track well and I'm up for it.”
With the circuit a favourite for both drivers, the team hope to use their knowledge and experience to pick up some good results at the weekend. With the results possibly proving pivotal for the direction of the championship, it is vital Airwaves BMW have a good weekend and keep themselves in the hunt on all fronts.