Frank Wrathall is hoping that he can repeat his qualifying heroics of 2012 at Snetterton when he returns to the Norfolk track this weekend, the Toyota man looking for a more encouraging second half to the season.
The Dynojet Toyota driver returns to the track at which he has previously shone at during his two seasons in BTCC, claiming a maiden pole position in the series at the 300 circuit last year.
The feat was one that Wrathall now believes he can repeat once again this weekend as the BTCC returns to Snetterton after the traditional summer break, one which Wrathall used wisely by taking part in the official Dunlop test at the same circuit earlier in July, one that proved a useful experiment for the Dynojet man.
“We didn’t get a lot of running in because we were experimenting with set-up changes which took a lot of time to make”, said Wrathall. “While we didn’t manage to find a set-up with which we were totally happy, we were at least able to eliminate some things. It was useful.
“We were on pole at Snetterton last year, and the quickest time set by anyone at the tyre test was not that much quicker than my 2012 time. We have done it once and we can do it again, although it will be hard.
The 26-year-old hopes that the following 15 races remaining in the 2013 campaign will be substantially kinder to him than the first half of the season,Wrathall still seeking his first podium of the year after just four top-10 race finishes thus far despite showing some strong pace in qualifying.
“Traditionally the second half of the season has been better for us”, added Wrathall, who famously ended the 2012 season with a first BTCC win at Brands Hatch.
“We know what we can do, it’s just a case of getting everything right on the day and enjoying a bit of luck.”