Silverware the target for Motorbase
Silverware the target for Motorbase

Oulton Park in Cheshire is next on the agenda for Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship gets back underway this coming weekend.

 

Three convincing points finishes for the Motorbase-run squad at Thruxton last month helped to bolster the squad’s championship position, with Tom Chilton leading the charge for the Kent-based outfit. The 33-year-old secured an excellent haul of points for the title campaign and is eager to carry that momentum forward on the demanding 2.26mile Island configuration.

Team-mate James Cole sadly had a weekend to forget last time out, nonetheless the Liverpool-based racer has reset after his ‘bogey’ circuit and is looking to reclaim his impressive early round form and put claim to some silverware on his home circuit.

Oly Collins, Team Manager commented; “Thruxton was another positive learning weekend for us with the RS, which resulted in some decent points finishes.

“It’s the first time that we had run the RS and our 2018 driver line up in the higher temperatures. With track temps nearing 40 degrees it was somewhat different to what we’ve been running in this year. So going into Oulton Park, we’re ready for whatever the English weather can throw at us.”

Both Chilton and Cole are ballast-free heading into Saturday’s qualifying session; so hopes are high of another strong starting position for the first of Sunday’s three contests. Chilton in particular has set competitive lap times in the Focus RS – securing top 8 qualifying spots during all three meetings so far this season.

“Oulton Park is definitely a circuit where qualifying is key. Qualifying has been one of our best attributes this season so hopefully that pays dividends;” added Collins. “If it’s dry all weekend it can be really difficult to overtake there. Oulton is also a killer on brakes so we’ll be keeping an eye on that area of the car.

“Historically Oulton Park has suited the rear wheel drive cars, but hopefully we can change that. We’re light so there is no reason why we shouldn’t be right up the front. James and Tom are both looking forward to it as it’s a circuit they’ve both gone well at in the past.

“With the pace that we’ve shown so far this season, the podium can’t be far away!”
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Chilton, said: “The best thing about Oulton Park is the fans. We’re really on the limit there and it’s great for them to get so close to the action and really feel a part of it. It always has a great atmosphere there.

“We need to keep moving up in the championship. We were really happy to grab some strong points at Thruxton and I’m hoping to carry that form into this weekend.

“We should be confident that we had a great qualifying car at Donington Park and the tyre and track temperatures are going to be a lot more similar at Oulton. I think we’ll have a strong qualifying and the aim for me is get two podiums this weekend and give our championship campaign a real boost. I’d love to get back into the top 10 in the standings by the end of this weekend.”

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