Both regular Airwave’s BMW drivers Mat Jackson and Steven Kane head in to tomorrow’s races hoping to secure the Independent Drivers championship which is currently topped by Tom Onslow-Cole, just 18 points ahead of Kane.
After running strong throughout the two practice sessions Kane made some radical changes to his set-up, just before qualifying which failed to pay off, leaving the Irishman down in fourteenth place. Thankfully for Kane his main rival Onslow-Cole failed to find the pace needed to propel him to the front and starts just four places ahead in tenth place.
A frustrated Kane said after qualifying: “I felt the car was very strong in FP1 and FP2 and we made a few changes for qualifying as we were after pole. The truth is we went too far and lost time, but it was a learning lesson and we think we now know what needs to be done for tomorrow. There is no reason why I can't win in this car against this field.”
Jackson had a better session and took sixth place on the grid for tomorrow’s race. “I haven't been thinking about the championship,” admitted the BMW driver. “I'm just driving as best I can and letting fate take care of the rest. Today the car was good and quick and we have a little more pace to come. We got held up a little by traffic today and that cost me a fraction, but overall I'm happy and I we're in a strong position going in to tomorrow.”
Team principle Oliver Collins added: “Mat did a fantastic job today and was by far the fastest BMW in qualifying; P6 tomorrow for him bodes well. Steven got a little unlucky and couldn't put the lap he needed together. Frustratingly just a tenth would have put him 5 places up the order showing how competitive this grid really is.”