Hunter Abbott Wants BTCC 2017 Stay Ahead Of Brands Finale

Hunter Abbott says that he hopes to stay in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2017, starting from a personal best fourth on the grid for round 28 at Brands Hatch GP.

The Power Maxed Racing driver secured a spot on row two of the grid after a qualifying session interrupted by a stoppage and subsequent downpour on Saturday afternoon, his best showing of the season ahead of the season finale in Kent.

Abbott said that the decision to circulate on slick tyres after the restart was crucial to his fourth place, held in conditions that he said were more to his liking.

Speaking to The Checkered Flag afterwards, he said: “It was tricky, but good fun. From a driving point of view, I do love driving in the rain.

“They were tricky conditions but we had slicks for the entire session, so when the rain came down halfway through, the wet patches made it very difficult but I quite enjoyed those conditions.

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“I stayed out and even though I was on slicks – the completely wrong tyre to be on at the time – I thought we might just keep some temperature in the tyres for the end of the session.

“We then got a dry circuit and it worked for us.

“As you’re out there, you get a gradual progression of the circuit so every lap you think it will get better.”

Abbott also intends to better his personal best BTCC finish this weekend, four 10th place results his best in almost three seasons.

Asked on his target for the weekend, silverware crossed his mind, saying: “I’d love to get a pot as big as possible this weekend.”

Attentions switch to 2017 after Sunday’s trio of races, Abbott admitting that he would relish a fourth BTCC season after a season of adaptation to the front-wheel drive Chevrolet Cruze.

“I’d love to be in touring cars [next year]. Now I feel like I’m getting to grips with it and FWD cars, so I’d love to stay here if I can. Hopefully I will.”