Crees loving BTCC debut season
Crees loving BTCC debut season

With the Kwik Fit British Touring Car month long break coming to an end this coming weekend, we caught up with Michael Crees to assess his debut season so far.

There have been three rounds and nine races so far, with Crees being consistent in all nine of those races.

Reflecting on the opening months of the season, he said: “It has been unbelievable to be fair. I have had points and eight out of nine finishes. The biggest thing for me is that the fans have really taken to me and have given me massive support which I am so grateful for.”

Since scoring points in the opening round of the season at his home track of Brands Hatch, it has certainly been a learning curve for Michael.

Michael admits that he is learning every race, he added: “Yeah for sure I mean I was on for a big points finish at Donnington in race three but unfortunately was out on lap one but it was set up perfectly.

“This is the BTCC and anything can happen, as for Thruxton I knew it wasn’t going to be easy never racing there before but it also made it hard as our cars just seem to struggle at that track.”

Michael has also had to take some evasive action to avoid accidents in front of him, which results in his races being ruined, which can be frustrating.

He said: “Yes and no in terms of frustration. I am gutted as again I was pushing forward but on the flip side getting my eyes up looking ahead has saved me some big damage bills and also to finish races which we all know is a massive skill on its own in the BTCC.”

For a driver who initially had a target for the season of finishing in the top 20, he has exceeded that four points in the main championship and 28 in the Independent Championship, something he is looking to improve on in the coming races.

“I’m really looking forward to Croft, Oulton Park and Snetterton, I am hoping for a few more points but to be honest we would have been happy with a top 20 all year so getting points early on is a fantastic achievement.

“For Croft, I want to improve in qualifying and try and get 20th then move up the ladder as the weekend continues”

In the month break between rounds we asked Michael what he had been up to with his down time.

He said: “This year the BTCC is enough to take on and you need a bit of time to chill and I love spending time with my wife Jodie, Hugo and Bonnie.

“I think as we step it up in the next few years and try and pick up more commercial partners we will be out testing lots more and getting them results.”

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