Following a resurgance in their 2013 form at Snetterton last time out, Airwaves Racing are confident that they can once again be in the fight for podiums this weekend at Knockhill, a track that Aron Smith thrived on last season.
The Kent-based squad returned to the front of the BTCC field at Snetterton earlier this August, picking up three podium finishes between drivers Smith and Mat Jackson, the latter picking up a second place in the weekend’s final race in a weekend that saw the team enter Knockhill full of optimism after claiming the HiQ Team’s award also at the Snetterton round for their performance.
An enthusiastic Motorbase Performance Team Principal, David Bartrum, said: “It’s that time of year again when we go to top of the country and I can’t wait to get to Knockhill. Having had such a good weekend at Snetterton, I’m looking forward to seeing the Airwaves Racing cars in action again. I just want to continue where we left off and to get that elusive first outright win of the season.”
Smith picked up two podiums last time out at Snetterton and returns this weekend to the circuit at which he qualified third on the grid and narrowly missed out on a maiden podium in 2012, and the Irishman feels confidet of success entering the meeting coming off the back of the team’s best outing of the year.
“I think we have the right to feel confident coming off our most successful weekend to date”, said Smith. “Knockhill has quickly become my favourite track on the calendar and being honest, it’s where my season really took off last year.
“It’s a great feeling to be going into a race weekend knowing that we now have a car to be challenging at the front so hopefully we can continue on from where we left off at Snetterton and get some more silverware for Airwaves Racing.”
Team-mate Jackson was just as relieved to see a turning point in Airwaves Racing’s season at Snetterton, and adds that he is positive that the Fords will be mixing it once again with the front-running protagonists this weekend.
He said: “Snetterton was a big turning point for us, we’re in really good shape now and I’m looking forward to the long drive North to Knockhill. Hopefully, we can capitalise on the successes at Snetterton and deliver more silverware for the team. I’m expecting to see the usual antagonists at the front of the pack – all being well we can get in there to mix it up and get ourselves back in the battle for podiums for the remainder of the season.”
The team’s Jack Sears Trophy charge, Liam Griffin, had a less appealing outing at Snetterton, an unfortunate incident with James Kaye and David Nye leaving him on the back foot as he enters Knockhill now four wins adrift of Cup leader Lea Wood who swept the spoils in all three races at the Norfolk circuit.
Griffin remains fully rejuvinated for the coming weekend however, enthusing: “I’m looking forward to going back to Knockhill this weekend as I didn’t make it there last year. I’m hoping that we’ve gotten all of the bad luck out of the way after the dreadful weekend last time out at Snetterton.
“With any luck we’ll be back on the podium and giving Lea Wood a run for his money for the Jack Sears Trophy title!”