A round after his maiden BTCC podium Tom Boardman hopes to make up 2010 when the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) makes its annual visit to Oulton Park.
The track is the local circuit on the calendar for Preston-based Boardman and after a disappointing meeting there last season the Special Tuning Racing driver is looking for more podiums in Cheshire next month.
“Last year was very disappointing and yes, you could say that Oulton Park does owe me one,” said Boardman. “I'm not expecting too much – I just want to score good points and if I can get onto the podium or in the top five places in all three races, I'll be happy.”
Following his third place in the final race at Thruxton the 27-year-old is confident his team have worked out the reliability issues which have afflicted his BTCC runs in the SEAT Leon in the past.
As well as being the home race for the team the June 4-5 Oulton Park event will also mark a milestone in their BTCC programme as Dave Newsham lines up on the grid in a second SEAT.
Boardman explained; “the first two rounds of the season were gutting because I lost a lot of ground in the standings. There's still a long way to go in the championship, but I want to start making up some of that lost ground now.”
“We'll have two cars on the grid at Oulton. Dave should be strong out of the blocks and I want him to be quick so we can swap times and share data. My opinion has always been that getting input from another driver will definitely help me and the team take strides forward with the car.”