Frank Wrathall heads to the British Touring Car Championship season finale at Silverstone hoping to return to the sharp end of the grid after a tough weekend last time out at Brands Hatch.
After four podium finishes from six races last month at Knockhill and Rockingham, Wrathall and his Dynojet Racing Team suffered two non-finishes in their NGTC Toyota Avensis.
“We were on the crest of a wave at Knockhill and Rockingham, and that made it all the harder to take a weekend like Brands Hatch,” he said.
“Everyone within the team is determined to make up for last time and put everything into getting it right and finishing the season on a high. Fortunately the damage suffered at Brands Hatch was mostly cosmetic and easily fixed, and we have had a good, relaxed time in the workshop getting everything prepared. We will shake the Toyota down at Donington on Thursday and hopefully arrive at Silverstone with everything well prepared and in good shape.”
Wrathall believes that the Silverstone circuit will play to the Avenisis' strengths, but is unwilling to commit too much to his predictions.
“The Toyota has the potential to go well there, although I have been caught out before with my predictions – circuits where I have thought we might struggle we have gone well, and vice versa.”
Fellow independent Toyota driver Tony Hughes and the Speedworks Motorsport squad are looking for a trouble-free weekend after engine troubles hampered their return to the track at Brands Hatch.
“We want to get through this weekend solidly and reliably,” said Hughes. “I want to be able to come away from Silverstone with everything in one piece so that we can crack on and get as much set-up and experience as possible to start 2012.”