Tom Chilton and Tom Onslow-Cole believe the Arena team stands in good stead to fight for all three wins at Brands Hatch this weekend, ahead of the final fight for the 2010 championship. Onslow-Cole lies fourth in the drivers' standings after four wins, just 24 points adrift of leader Jason Plato, with team mate Chilton just out of title contention in fifth.
But Onslow-Cole, leading the independent drivers' championship, says the pressure is off for the team to score high at Brands, as the focus will be on Plato and Honda rivals Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden. And the Kingston-born racer believes his lighter car due to carrying less championship success ballast could play a crucial factor around the Kent circuit.
“Although we are going in to the day fourth, that means we are the lightest of the title contenders,” he said. “It could put us ahead in qualifying and race one. Brands is a short lap, meaning a tenth [of a second] in quali can be the difference between 1st and 5th.”
“We’ve done the consistent points scoring part and got ourselves into a position to win. Now we have nothing to lose and everything to gain, I can’t wait to get stuck in!”
Chilton shared his team mate's optimism: “I can’t win the drivers' title now, but I will be doing everything I can to help us secure the championships we can win. It’s going to be close, it always is at Brands, and there is so much at stake this weekend for a lot of teams and a lot of drivers.”
Team Aon sit second in both the teams' and manufacturers' championships, and hope to overhaul Team Dynamics Honda in the final three races of the season. Mike Earle, Arena Motorsport Team Principal, says this is a realistic target and the team will pull out all the stops to ensure they give the title their best shot.
“We go to the season finale, still with a chance to win all of the championship titles, which is a huge credit to the team and everyone at Arena Motorsport that has worked so hard this season to deliver what has been a consistently competitive and reliable car,” said Earle. “We will give it our all this weekend as ever and hopefully walk away from the season with a championship title, which will be just reward and thanks in no small part to the fantastic support we have received from all of our partners this season.”